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Brest, France

One of France’s most important ports for over a thousand years, Brest straddles the Penfield River at the tip of the Brittany region. Its history is indicated by the Chateau de Brest on one side of the river, and the medieval Tanguy Tower on the opposite bank. In the Chateau, you will find the naval museum. Brest is still one of France’s three naval bases. The Tower holds more artifacts of the town’s history. A more recent landmark is the dramatic, cable-stayed Pont de I’Iloise bridge, best viewed from the pedestrian-and-cycling Albert Louppe Bridge. Brest also has France’s first téléférique cable car, and an impressive Océanopolis aquarium.