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Marina du Château

Leg 1 | Race 2 | Marina du Château | France FR

04 Sep 2013 - 09 Sep 2013

Marina du Château

The port of great explorers, records and ocean racing, Brest is also a centre for professional and amateur watersports.  On the western tip of Europe, Brest is the ideal venue for watersports events with an outstanding outer harbour covering 18,000 hectares. Prestigious sailing competitions – world, European and French championships – are organised here, along with sporting and watersports meetings and the hosting of events such as the sailing Tour de France and the Figaro single-handed race.

Brest has always looked to the sea for the purposes of exploration, increasing our knowledge, making the sea safer for navigation, sustainably exploiting its treasures and preserving its diversity.

Océanopolis, an ocean discovery park unique in Europe, offers a world tour of the oceans, from temperate climates to polar environments and tropical regions, exploring marine animal and plant life through 55 magnificent aquariums and an exhibition area covering 9000m². In 22 years, Océanopolis has welcomed nearly 10 million visitors.

A rich and highly individual cultural identity:  A lively, festive town that hosts a wide range of popular events, Brest offers great variety in terms of theatre, dance, music and street entertainment. Its major theatre, “Le Quartz”, is France’s leading national theatre in terms of public attendance.  

This cultural vitality is reflected in a very special event that takes place every four years: “Les Tonnerres de Brest”, Brest’s international maritime festival, which attracts over a thousand boats and nearly 10,000 sailors to offer a unique spectacle on land and on water, day and night, to 715,000 visitors (next event: 2016).

A town with connections: an international airport with over a million passengers a year and 23 international services, eight TGV Brest/Paris services a day, two marinas and a tramway that was brought into service in 2012.

Home of the good life: with its long, exposed beaches, secret coves, coastal footpaths and botanical academy, Brest has a number of hidden treasures. Although the town has two Michelin-starred restaurants, the food here is convivial. Scallops, oysters, lobster, crab, spider crab and the famous Plougastel strawberries can all be found on the market stalls.