Pointe Du Raz

The Pointe du Raz in Finistere is the westernmost point of mainland Brittany, and consequently gets a lot of visitors - 800,000 per year.

Until 1996, the point was lost beneath a horde of souvenir stalls and coach parking; acquired at that date by a conservation body (le Conservatore du littoral), the site has been reorganised, with new paths and replanting. Parking is now set back 15 minutes' walk from the point, and a visitor centre explains the history and ecology of the area.

From the point, on a clear day, you can make out the island of Sein, 8 kilometres away, barely visible above the waves, and it is reputedly from the beach of the Bay of Trépassés, just to the north of the Pointe du Raz, that the funeral barges used to set off to the druidic graveyard on the island.

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