Disney Cruise Line offers some amazing adventures all over Europe. Next year, for the first time DCL will stop in Brest and Toulon, France! These beautiful, not so ‘poor provincial towns’ seem straight out of a certain Disney movie. Discover enchanting medieval villages, elegant castles, street markets and incredible seaside vistas!
Brest, France is a picturesque naval port city. It is also considered the gateway to the charming region of Brittany in northwestern France. The city is divided by the Penfield river and features medieval landmarks, scenic coastlines and exquisite dining. Seafood straight from the ocean to the table and the most decadent crepes imaginable.
Brest’s oldest landmark, the Château de Brest, is a 1,700-year-old castle. It is currently home to the National Maritime Museum. You can also visit the Tour Tanguy, a 14-century watchtower positioned just across the river, whose rounded walls house historical maps, coats of arms and city models.
The whole family will love a day at the incredible Océanopolis aquarium. This center is the only one of its kind in Europe. You can discover unique exhibits, 50 different tanks and more than 1,000 species. Brest also has a magnificent conservatory where extensive work is being done on the cultivation of rare and endangered species. Here you can relax among the many tropical gardens or in the lush valley with waterfalls and streams.
Near the city center is Plage du Moulin Blanc. This amazingly beautiful white-sand beach is perfect for kicking back with a cocktail or trying out surfing, windsurfing and other watersports.
If you need more adventure, the ruins of Abbaye de Daoulas, a 12th-century abbey, is located 15 minutes outside of Brest. It still features a beautiful cloister and gardens. Explore the grounds and fort surrounding the medieval lighthouse at the Fort du Petit Minou while you are there. It is located just westward along the coast of Brest. There is also great hiking on nearby granite cliffs where you’ll find hidden beaches and medieval military defensive hideaways.
Toulon, France is located on a beautiful natural harbor in the Mediterranean. Nestled in France’s renowned Provence region, Toulon is known for its seaside resorts, fine wines, Roman and Medieval architecture and pleasant climate. The city itself also has much to offer, with fantastic dining, shopping and discovering to be enjoyed at every corner.
Toulon’s historic Old Town features quaint squares and spectacular fountains. While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the enormous Provençal Market. This traditional street market boasts tons of fresh food, delicacies and flowers galore. You can also check out the bustling hub of Upper Town for local cafés, restaurants and fashionable stores.
Like all of Provence, Toulon is famous for its superb cuisine. Here you can easily find excellent restaurants and cafes that all feature culinary specialties include tapenade, ratatouille and bouillabaisse. While you’re there, be sure to try chichi frégi, a donut-like pastry flavored with orange blossom, and cade toulonnaise, a chickpea-flour flatbread.
You can also take a cable car to the summit of Mont Faron for stunning panoramic views of the harbor. There are footpaths for hiking, ideal spots for picnics and fun play areas for the kids. For World War II buffs, the area includes a fascinating museum of military history that commemorates the Allied invasion on the coast of Provence in 1944.
Adventure outside of the city to Marseille, the country’s second-largest city. You can explore its famous Old Port and the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Or take a journey to the glamorous sites of the Côte d’Azur (you may know it as the French Riviera), home of the Principality of Monaco, chic Saint-Tropez and cultured Cannes.
Disney Cruise Line guests can explore Brest during a seven-night Western European cruise from Barcelona on July 14, 2019. Toulon is a featured stop on a weeklong Mediterranean cruise from Rome on June 22, 2019.
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