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