Fantastic summer days out around Morlaix Bay

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For all ages

Anyone staying in northwest Brittany should absolutely make time to visit Brittany's Alcatraz: the Chateau du Taureau. Originally built in 1542 to defend the coast from English invaders, the fortress later became a prison. Take a short boat trip from Carantec or Plougasnou, find yourself surrounded by water and you'll realise what an effective prison it was!

It had many uses over the centuries, all told in the English audioguide, so it's a great visit for history buffs, and kids love it because of its sense of adventure, while nature-lovers appreciate Taureau's position in the middle of Morlaix Bay Bird Reserve.
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Another great outing to plan during your stay is By Rail & By Sea (à fer et à flots), which gives you a real flavour of Morlaix Bay. It all begins with a train-ride from beautiful Morlaix with its imposing viaduct, into the historic heart of Roscoff, where you catch a boat to the island of Île de Batz where you can explore before taking a gentle boat trip back along the river to Morlaix.

It'll feel like an adventure, but you don't need to do much: perfect for a holiday! You can book in any Tourist Office.

For the kids

If you're holidaying with the kids, definitely look out for 'Place aux Mômes', which we'd call Kids' Zone. These are free shows and entertainment for children, particularly little ones, which take place throughout the area in various towns. It might be a puppet show, circus acts or dancing, but they're completely free. Head to Carantec on Thursdays and Plougasnou on Mondays.

For children aged 3 to 12, try the Ecopark in Penzé, where youngsters can swing like Tarzan or explore treetop rope bridges and zipwires. Or, if the weather's uncertain, head to Defoul'Parc south of Morlaix, an indoor play centre full of giant inflatables - both are great options for wearing out the youngsters! 

For the energetic

Once you've recharged your batteries and fancy doing something a little more energetic, a great place to start are the Green Ways (called Voies Vertes in French). These paths and trails generally use long-abandoned railway lines, so they are mostly flat, quiet and serene. Best of all, no motorised vehicles can use them, only walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, so you can meander at your own pace - take a picnic and make a day of it! Ask your Tourist Office for the nearest routes.

If you've got even more energy, then Morlaix Bay is definitely a great place for watersports, from sailing to surfing, river-kayaking to stand-up paddle-boarding. Whatever your age or ability, you can join a lesson or simply hire the kit at one of our watersports centres (centres nautiques) and enjoy some of the clearest waters in Europe. And don't be afraid, even if you've never tried it before - the instructors here in Morlaix are brilliant and happy to share their enthusiasm with you!

For more information on any of these activities, feel free to ask in one of the Tourist Offices or take a look at the Morlaix Bay tourist website, where you'll find plenty of information and inspiration in English.

Annaliza Davis

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