Forming part of the Crozon Peninsula, Crozon is a sprawling commune on the edge of Brittany’s Parc Naturel Regional d’Armorique. It’s dotted with historic fishing villages and ringed by beautiful beaches where you can swim and snorkel in the summer months. Crozon’s rugged coastline is famed for its multi-coloured caves.
Things to do in Crozon
Discover the Crozon Peninsula’s military history along the Route des Fortifications, which extends from the Pointe de Lanveoc to the Pointe des Espagnols. Some of its fortifications date back to prehistoric times, although most were constructed during Vauban’s 17th-century building initiative. Information panels explain the history of the fortifications and their role in defending Brest’s harbour. Also of note is the Dolmen Rostudel, a three-metre-long funerary chamber.
Along the Crozon Peninsula are plenty of beaches where you can cool off on summer days, including the golden stretch of sand at Plage de Morgat. Rugged cliffs surround tiny L'île Vierge Beach, which is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Multi-coloured sea caves etch the coastline, with a highlight being the impressive Grotte de l’Autel, which can be accessed by kayak.
Situated between Morgat and the Cap de la Chèvre is the House of Minerals, a former village school showcasing the geology of the Armorican Massif. It boasts the largest collection of fluorescent minerals in Europe, with the oldest specimen dating back 140 million years. In addition to its permanent exhibit, the museum offers guided field trips for discovering the region’s geology with your own eyes.
Getting around Crozon
Crozon is around an hour’s drive from Quimper and 45 minutes from Brest. Brest Bretagne Airport is about an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Crozon and exploring the peninsula.