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Situated in Brittany, in the northeast region of France, the port of Roscoff was opened in 1973 to improve trading links and to revive tourism in the area. However, the town does have historic merit, in that it’s been the landing site of Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Book cheap car hire in Roscoff and drive around Brittany visiting its many towns and villages all from the comfort of your own personal vehicle. Book today to secure a hire car and at an affordable price.
Today Roscoff is a small resort town with a lively atmosphere, especially on rue Gambetta and in the old port. The Notre-Dame-de-Croas-Batz, at the far end of rue Gambetta, dates back to the 16th century and is exquisitely adorned with Renaissance architecture.
If you feel like a walk, head about one kilometre down the coast to Roscoff’s best beach at Laber. The accommodation is expensive, but it makes a pleasant beach stroll. At Le Maison des Jonnies, you can hear the story of the Jonnies, the classic beret-sporting onion sellers.
Some fine restaurants can be found in the old town, the Hotel-Restaurant des Arcades, is housed in a 16th century building with scenic surroundings. If you’re looking for somewhere livelier, the Hotel-Restaurant le Bellevue, close to the ferry terminal, is the place to relax and enjoy a drink.
It looks as if the Isle De Batz is almost close enough to swim to. Unfortunately it’s not, but it is accessible by hired boat and does make a fun trip. The boats leave from the Pointe de Bloscon daily, which is the home of the fishermen's white chapel.
Not surprisingly, the best way to reach Roscoff is by ferry. Ferries run from Plymouth (England) and from Cork (Ireland). For tourists travelling by bus, a service runs directly from Brest to Roscoff. There is an airport at Morlaix, 25kms from Roscoff, which can be reached by train from Roscoff’s Gare SNCF.
Brest Airport is the nearest international airport to Roscoff. Also named Guipavas Airport, it is located only a short 33 minutes drive south of Roscoff. Car hire is available at Brest Airport from leading companies Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Citer and Sixt. Book in advance online to secure the best deal, and to save having to queue and fill in forms on your arrival to the airport.