Explore Brest, reborn as a modern city with a few scattered gems from the past. An important port for hundreds of years, the city has long had a close connection with the sea, and combined with the friendly locals and beautiful scenery in the background is a lovely place to visit. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Brest is both easy and economical.
Located in the northwest corner of France, Brest gives visitors the opportunity to explore the scenic coastline that most tourists would miss. Simply jump in your hire car and head off to the east or west of the city, and tour along the roads that hug the shore. Many picturesque sights await travellers, along with cosy towns and villages along the way, perfect for stopping off and trying the local cuisine.
Although a very different city since WWII, Brest has managed to retain much history and documentation on how the area looked before being destroyed by bombings. Drive your rental car to Tour de la Motte-Tanguy, located right beside the harbour, to see one of the few historical buildings left intact, as well as a great museum on the city housed within. The museum displays countless photographs of the city, along with many dioramas and models of streets and buildings. The top of the tower provides a great view of the city also, great for getting your bearings and picking out places you may like to visit.
For lovers of plants and animals, Brest has a few attractions not to be missed. Park your hire car near the harbour, and visit Oceanopolis, one of the largest aquariums in Europe and home to species from around the world. Also worth a visit is the National Botanical Reserve, which contains one of the largest collections of rare plants in Europe, a great day out for avid gardeners, or even for a relaxing walk or picnic.
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