Roscoff, Brittany, France

Houses and an hotel along the shore in Roscoff, Brittany, France

Houses and an hotel along the shore in Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

Roscoff’s old harbor is one of Brittany, France’s most charming.  Renowned for its picturesque architecture, Roscoff, with a population of 3,500, has been labeled “petite cité de caractère de Bretagne” (small town of character in Brittany) since 2009.  The region’s mild climate supports the growth of not only the famous “Onion Johnnies” onions and other common crops, but also over 3,000 species at Le Jardin Exotique.  The Ile de Batz, a short ferry ride away, is known for its beaches and a botanic garden.  Walking through town brings the aroma of Breton crepes prepared by street vendors and local creperies.

 

Closeup of houses and a turret in Roscoff, Brittany, France

Closeup of houses and a turret in Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

We were very pleasantly surprised when we returned to our apartment on the ship to find a bag of goodies from the Roscoff Tourist Council!  In the bag, in addition to some brochures and postcards of the town, were a bag of three local onions and a bag of shallots.  That night we cooked a quiche with the caramelized onions for breakfast over the next two days.  Combining the onions with some Spanish Iberico jamon (ham) and local eggs and cream, the quiche was delicious.

 

Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) dates from the 16th century, Roscoff, Brittany, France

Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) dates from the 16th century, Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) is located in the heart of Roscoff’s old town and dates from the 16th century. A Renaissance-style church was built upon the original Gothic church, resulting in an elaborate and unique structure, which is quite emblematic of the town’s culture heritage.

 

The interior of Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) dates from the 16th century, Roscoff, Brittany, France

The interior of Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) dates from the 16th century, Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

A typical street with homes and shops in Roscoff, Brittany, France

A typical street with homes and shops in Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

A creperie (crepe restaurant) serving the famous Breton buckwheat crepes, folded into a square, Roscoff, Brittany, France

A creperie (crepe restaurant) serving the famous Breton buckwheat crepes, folded into a square, Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

Roscoff Harbor at low tide, with boats sitting in the mud, Roscoff, Brittany, France

Roscoff Harbor at low tide, with boats sitting in the mud, Roscoff, Brittany, France

 

2 thoughts on “Roscoff, Brittany, France

    • Yes, this is early for summer visitors, so there were very few tourists in town. Note that the majority of tourists arrive on the ferries from England and Ireland, so when the ferries have docked, there is an influx of tourists. Very few cruise ships anchor off shore and tender their guests ashore in the spring/summer/fall (when the ferries do run). It was terrific to almost literally “have the town to ourselves”! Hence, the very active tourist bureau.

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