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Roscoff is one of the main points of maritime entry to Brittany, used a lot by holidaymakers from the S-W of England from Plymouth and also from Cork in Ireland. Founded as early as the 5th century, it suffered from English attacks during the 100 year war. Witness to a visit by Mary Stuart in 1548, when only 6 y.o. the town became independent of St. Pol de Leon shortly after.
Around town can be seen carvings showing the maritime history of the town and also can be seen evidence of some of Roscoffs most famous sons, the "Johnnies". In the early 1800's Roscovites began to make the journey across the Channel to sell their famous "pink" onions. Frequently taking adolescent children with them, these kids, many of whom were named Yann, Breton for Jean or John in English, became known as "Little John or Johnny", giving the plural of "Johnnies". These onions were part of the local vegetables, along with artichokes and potatoes that first gave Brittany Ferries their start in cross-channel ferries.
A nice walk to be had along the port and around by the church with it's fabulous belfry. There are two parts to the port in Roscoff, the old part for leisure boats and the deep-water side for the cross-channel ferries and fishing fleet. There is also a shuttle service over to the Isle of Batz.

  • Last visit to Roscoff: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Another interesting town!

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Love the main photo on your B&B review!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Lovely photos of my favourite little port. We always book 2 nights there prior to returning home via Roscoff. And a Johnnie Oignons comes to our weekly market in Abergavenny with his bike and onions. I've just used the last of them!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 4:41 AM

    So this is where the old cliché of Frenchmen on bikes with strings of onions started! I always thought it had something to do with onion soup baked with cheese on top, like we used to get at Les Halles.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    that sounds really cool.


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