Roscoff travel guide

Cities and towns

About Roscoff

Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village on the North coast of Brittany and is an idyllic introduction to Brittany's rustic charms.

In Roscoff, attractive 16th century granite buildings nestle against the coastline, the streets filled with fantastic restaurants, serving great food, and charming little art galleries and gift shops. The town specialises in seafood dishes and traditional Breton crêpes, which you can enjoy at one of the many street-side crêperies. Alternatively, sample some famous Brittany thalassotherapy - rejuvenating, healing and relaxing therapies using seawater and sea products.

Just out from the quaint harbour rests the tiny Ile de Batz, a beautiful island well worth a visit. The pretty towns of Morlaix and St Pol de Léon are also nearby. The Cathédrale St Paul Aurelién de St Pol de Léon is famous for its 'les étagères de la nuit' ('the shelves of night') 32 small box shrines containing skulls which were stored here to make room for the graves of the lately deceased.  

Roscoff is also home to La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff, a 'Museum of the Onion Johnnies', the well-known onion merchants who arrived in Britain on their bicycles selling onions door-to-door. Also worth a visit is the beautifully restored 16th century Gothic church, the Notre Dame de Croatz Batz, whose bells resembled a tiered cake and the gorgeous gardens of Jardin Exotique on Ile de Batz.

Why visit Roscoff?

  • Pretty Sea Views
  • Ile de Batz
  • Thalassotherapy
  • The Architecture 


  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Finistére
  • Population: 3,500
  • Coordinates: 48.727039,-3.985548

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

Places to visit nearby

St Pol de Léon in Brittany is an historic town known for its religious heritage and the vegetable farming around the town, which made it one of the largest market-garden regions in Europe.

Morlaix in Brittany is a medieval town famous for its 19th century viaduct, charming 16th century half-timber houses and the beautiful Bay of Morlaix.

Beautiful marshes, moorland and forests full of megaliths and ancient legends are waiting to be explored.

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Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.