Finistere is a maritime department of Brittany. Sea and ocean provide inspiration for landscapes, depicting the life of each. To the north, the island of Batz – a huge garden where organic farming is a speciality - faces Roscoff, authentic in character, and St. Pol de Leon.
Ouessant marks the passage between the Channel and the Atlantic and the island of Sein tells the story of local sea rescue.
In the south, Glénans offer white sandy beaches and magnificent views of the Coast:
The Pouldu and Pont-Aven are linked by painters from Brittany, Fouesnant has villas on the waterfront, Beg Meil, the tip of Mousterlin, where holiday rental properties are available all year. Bay of Concarneau and Bénodet offer spa, golf, fishing, surfing, sailing. A few kilometres inland, Quimper, Brittany's capital city of art and history, sheltered behind its ramparts, has a jewel of Gothic architecture: the cathedral. City shops and markets, a festival every year, its museums and animated old neighbourhoods delight lovers of culture.
The Finistere region of Brittany is well serviced by cross channel ferries and is just within a day's drive of the channel tunnel as well. There are direct international flights to Brest (BES) and Dinard (DNR) is also an option. Low-cost companies flying to Finistere include Flybe and Ryanair.
The climate in Finistere is influenced by the gulf stream which runs along the coast causing warmer weather than in the north of Brittany. It can be mild much of the year in Finistere although there is always some rain. Best period for family holidays is from May to September when it is warmest.