Finistère in the rain: what to do when it rains?

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It is well known that in Brittany the weather is fine several times a day. But if the rain is inviting a little too much for your taste, don't panic! The region is full of places to get dry. Discover the local culture, in expert hands for a relaxing massage or in an exciting museum… you will not be bored! Here are 8 activities to do in Finistère when it rains :

Visit the Océanopolis in Brest

Located in Brest (one of the rainiest cities in France), the Océanopolis offers an astonishing journey through three marine worlds : polar, tropical and temperate. You will be able to admire the flora and fauna from all over the world: corals, various fish, seals, penguins, sharks… in all, nearly 1000 species are represented there! During your visit, you will also be able to deepen your knowledge through films, animations and interactive spaces suitable for all ages. A must-do outing in Finistère when it rains!

To do: the Océanopolis in Brest

Relax at the Spa

The weather has put your spirits down and you need some pampering? It's the perfect time to relax in an exceptional place. This hotel with sea view in Finistère will make all your wishes come true. Its Marine Spa offers different formulas, in a space dedicated to well-being: hammam, sauna, covered and heated swimming pool and of course massages carried out with local products, at the forefront of thalassotherapy. An experience to try in Finistère when it rains!

What to do in Finistère when it rains? Relax at the Spa

Take a step back in time at the Plouigneau ecomuseum

Located in the heart of Trégor, this ecomuseum is devoted to the life of the rural world of the region between 1860 and 1960. On 8 m000, a village has been completely reconstituted: communal school from 2, homes, hairdressing salon, leather workshop, livestock buildings… it looks like it! In the trades street, you will be able to discover those of yesteryear: clog maker, baker, shoemaker, saddler ... As for the dwelling house, it is filled with original objects and furniture: closed beds, kitchen utensils and other Breton games. A visit not to be missed in Finistère when it rains, most of the installations being indoors.

To do when it rains, the Plouigneau ecomuseum

Walk around the castle of Keriolet in Concarneau

Located in the south of the department, the castle of Keriolet is a real neo-Gothic treasure. In the heart of an immense wooded park of hundred-year-old oaks, and facing the Glénan Islands, it imposes by its richly decorated architecture. This visit is ideal in Finistère when it rains: the interiors will offer you a sumptuous journey through time, while staying dry! Guard room, living rooms, dining room, kitchens, bedrooms and weapons room will amaze you. Have fun looking for symbols reminiscent of Breton history and traditions, all the pieces have them!

Discover the castle of Keriolet in Concarneau

Visit the Henriot Pottery in Quimper

Do you know the famous Breton bowls, those with ear cups that can be personalized with a first name? The Faïencerie Henriot is at the origin and has existed since 1690.

If you want to know more about the making of these mythical bowls and you are in Finistère when it rains, go to the manufacture. For 100 years it has been welcoming visitors, curious about this old-fashioned know-how. Accompanied by a guide, you will be able to discover the different trades present in the workshop, such as the hand painting of the decorations. In addition to a very interesting visit, you can bring back an original souvenir when ordering!

the famous Breton bowls

Believe in the tropics, in Fouesnant

Want to spend the day in a swimsuit when it rains in South Finistère? It's possible at Les Balnéides aquatic center! In an exotic setting worthy of the Caribbean, experience a playful and relaxing break in water at 29 °. On site you will find various games, waterfalls and slides where you can have fun with friends or family. On the relaxation side: Jacuzzis, massage jets and a well-being area await you, while the more athletic will enjoy the dedicated pool, as well as an aquatraining course.

Discover the Bigouden Museum in Pont-l'Abbé

Another exciting outing to do in Finistère when it rains? The Bigouden Museum traces the history of this famous headdress and traditional costumes which are at the heart of the region's identity, to such an extent that it took its name! Completely redesigned from 2002, the museum offers a permanent collection made up of headdresses with delicate embroidery as well as typical Breton clothing, beautifully highlighted thanks to a contemporary scenography. The temporary exhibitions focus on other aspects of the local culture, such as pancakes!

The famous Bigouden headdresses to see at the Bigouden museum in Pont-l'Abbé, Finistère

Discover Brittany in the rain

Finistère when it rains is always so beautiful! These visits and activities will not fail to make you discover this rich region, where Breton culture is still very much alive. Corn if you are brave and the rain does not scare you, put on an oilskin, boots and go see the sea! A marvelous spectacle when the elements are unleashed… Do you know of other places where you can take shelter for a few hours? Please let us know in the comments!

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