Roscoff

It was a Heritage Weekend in Roscoff and the streets were crowded! We parked the car outside the walls, walked down a narrow Mediaeval, walled passage, and found ourselves amongst the holiday-makers.

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Roscoff

Roscoff

Roscoff

The historic centre of Roscoff is mainly 16C, with large, ornately decorated mansions belonging to wealthy merchants trading in canvas, salt, and other goods.

Roscoff

17C house in RoscoffRenaissance house, Roscoff

Renaissance house, Roscoff

The Church of Notre Dame de Croas Batz was built between 1522-55 and is one of the Parish Enclosures, with two ossuaries and a low wall around the buildings. I am giving you just a hint here and will do another post!

Notre Dame de Croas Batz

One of the Ossuaries, Notre Dame de Croas Batz, Roscoff

Roscoff has always been a port but today’s rejuvenation started in 1970s when the farmers lobbied the government to establish a deepwater port for trade purposes. None of the existing ferry companies were interested in developing a route to the UK and so the local farmers and businessmen set up Brittany Ferries. Trade soon included passengers and routes opened to Ireland as well; now a well-established and successful business operates between the UK, Ireland, and Brittany.

The Old Port Roscoff

The Old Port Roscoff

The new deepwater port and Brittany Ferries in Roscoff

The new deepwater port & Brittany Ferries in Roscoff

And across the way is the Île de Batz with its regular ferry service, and the Jardins Georges Delaselle which I plan to visit next time I am in Brittany.

The Ile de Batz from Roscoff

The Ile de Batz viewed from Roscoff

The Ferry between Roscoff & the Ile de Batz

The Ferry between Roscoff & the Ile de Batz

Further information
Tourist Guide to the Town