The port of Brest (20 Finistere, Bretagne) hosts its Maritime Festival from 11-17 July 2008. This major Atlantic port has a long and proud maritime history most recently as a departure point for Atlantic liner crossings.
It is not a static collection of boats on display but rather lively fleets and crews in action… offering genuine scenes and the authentic ambiance of a port in full operation.
From morning till night, hundreds of sailboats, all different, cast off, sail and race, then they return to the harbour, with thousands of sailors onboard. Nautical activities, spontaneous or organised, follow one after the other within the harbour shelter, to the great delight of visitors on the quays…
A few days earlier the Tour de France cycle race starts its 3 week ride in Brest with the accompanying celebrations.