If you arrive on the boat from Roscoff in the early hours of the morning, and you have a few hours to spare before your Frenchberry holiday house is ready, it is a good idea to take the opportunity to have a look around this lovely town. Roscoff, small and easy to navigate, is a lively spa town that is active all year round, and happens to boast an exceptional architectural heritage that has been very well-preserved.
Take a stroll through the winding streets in the historic centre, and you will find a nice selection of small shops, cafes and restaurants. In addition to its maritime activity, the area around Roscoff is rich in fresh produce (notably the famous Pink Onions of Roscoff), organic fruit and vegetables. It has an oceanography research and treatment centre, home to a Thalasso seawater spa and treatment centre which might be just the place to unwind before your holiday or indulge in a few treatments before you get back home. Be sure to pop in to the exotic gardens, just after the Maritime Port, where you can admire 3000 species of plants from the southern hemisphere and where you’ll find a rock that stands 18 metres tall, giving a fantastic view over Morlaix Bay, as well as waterfalls and ponds filled with turtles, cactus plants, aloes and more. The Ministry for Culture awarded this site the label of ‘Jardin Remarquable” and once you visit, you’ll appreciate that it’s a well-deserved title. The star attraction however is the beautiful Ile de Batz. One of the most accessible islands off the Finistere coastline, it is a short 15 minute boat ride from the town centre in Roscoff. Car free, you can hire bikes as you arrive on the island, or it is small enough to walk to several places of interest. The island has one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of anywhere in Brittany, and is a lovely place to stop and rest if you are feeling the effects of a night at sea. There are also several pretty beaches, a lighthouse to climb and some charming little restaurants.