The coast westward from Morlaix, past Roscoff is generally known as the Abers coast. The word Aber is used to describe a sea inlet that is navigable and accessible at both high and low tides. As you pass along the coast you leave behind the more touristy towns and enter the traditional Breton culture.
This little market town has a magnificent 17th century covered market building, a forest of oak timbers under a slate roof. It is still a market and a good place to buy provisions. A strange seahorse statue stands next to the church opposite the market. There are lots of quite beaches, and huge expanses of sand dunes and rocks at low tide. Inland the countryside around the town is sprinkled with chateaux, some fortified, others more like the pleasure palaces of the Loire. Among the best of these are the Renaissance Manoir de Traonjoly, Chateau de Kerouzere and the elegant Chateau de Maille. Greatest of all is the Chateau de Kerjean, open to visors.
Due largely to a foreign visitor in the 1870's this farming village was transformed into a fashionable coastal resort. Its magical views can be enjoyed by following a marked path running from Greve Blanche to the pine wood at Penn ar Lann.
St Pol de Leon
The is the capital of Brittany's artichoke and cauliflower growing region named after Pol Aurelien, a Welsh evangeliser who founded a monastery here in the 6th century and later became the diocese of Leon. The clergy's powerful influence is still very evedent here from the religious institutions and buildings.
A harsh sounding name for the delightful fishing port and centre of agriculture. This small town has preserved its brave spirit and indomitable character, which is imprinted on its narrow streets and the tall frontages of the stone built ship-owners' houses on the Vieux Quai, where it is pleasant to linger over morning coffee. The town is one of the main entry and exit ports for visitors from the UK. Even though the privateers left the quayside long ago, the atmosphere of the harbour is just as lively and exciting, along with the narrow streets which today boast some lovely, craft shops.
Ile de Batz
There are several daily sailings for the island from Roscoff. The quality of its sandy soil, its microclimate and hard work and contributed to preserving the reputation of Batz as a market garden oasis in the open sea. The Exotic Garden is full of over 1500 species of plants and shrubs from Southern Africa, California and New Zealand.