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The Rade de Brest

A paradise for water sports enthusiasts

The Rade de Brest is a large 180 km² bay linked to the Iroise Sea by a 1.8 km-wide passage named the Goulet de Brest (sheltered from storms and almost closed off by the Roscanvel peninsular). 

A trip to Brest wouldn’t be complete without a sail or swim somewhere round the Rade! Enjoy the likes of sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddling and underwater diving. Indeed, though it may be a commercial port, Brest is above all a seaside town, with Brittany’s top pleasure port. 

You can also explore the Rade by motorboat or an old-style sailing vessel. Aboard the classic boat La Recouvrance, you can spend a day or half day sailing across the Rade de Brest – perfect for watching the sunset or experiencing a special moment with family or friends.