La Pointe des Espagnols, Roscanvel

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The Pointe des Espagnols is the north-east extremity of the Roscanvel peninsula, an outgrowth of the Crozon peninsula closing off the roadstead of Brest. It also marks the south-east limit of the goulet de Brest (the other limits are marked by pointe des Capucins, pointe du Petit Minou and pointe du Portzic).

Formed by a cliff that is more than 60m high, at whose summit and base are the remains of fortifications and barracks, the point reaches towards the north-east via the rocher de la Cormorandière, marked by a pole. The straight channel situated between the point and the rocher is the location for strong currents which affect the roadstead.

This strategic position, facing Brest, was already noted by the Duchy of Brittany, who sited a fortlet there in 1387 (now lost). In 1594, Spaniards landed here and were only dislodged after several battles - it was in this period that the cape first took on its present name.
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  • very nice spot, nice walk, heather everywhere, good big enough parking lot, nice scenery, no public services  more »
  • We were just taking in the excellent views around the headland and stumbled upon this historic, through the millennia , site over looking Brest. Excellent small museum is hidden in one of the bunkers.  more »
  • Great view over Brest harbour. Good description of the historical remains. Parking very close to the Point. Small museum with tours in various languages. It is part of a larger string of fortifications along the coast that were build to protect the harbour of Brest.
  • The views from this place are amazing the amount of history involved in this and the area is impressive it is unfortunate that you cannot get two more of the area and more of the sites within it.
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