France is one of the most popular destinations for camping holidays and the country draws in visitors from all over Europe and further afield. Whether your are towing your caravan or driving by car with your tent in the boot, there are many fantastic camping sites that offer range of opportunities suited to all tastes. Here we look at 3 of the best sites located across the region of Brittany.
La Pointe Saint Gilles, Benodet
Situated on the west coast of Brittany just on the outskirts of Bénodet, this site offers great options for those looking to hit the beaches. Bénodet itself is just a short 15 minutes stroll along an easily negotiable coastal path. Directly opposite the campsite is a small sandy beach, which is great for swimming, sunbathing and rockpooling if you are with the kids. There are another two small beaches that are signposted from the campsite; both in walking distance. Bénodet’s main beach is much bigger and offers a range of watersports for the more adventurous.
The campsite itself has excellent facilities and is well geared towards family groups. On location is; a playground, trampolines, inflatable castles and a mini golf course. There is also a large sports field nearby, which is used by the campsite for the many activities they arrange for their Kid’s Club. Another fantastic feature is the site’s waterpark, which has outdoor and indoor pools, slides, caves and even a river. Bikes can also be hired from the site so that you can explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.
On an evening the onsite bar offers some fun entertainment for all the family, including bingo, magic shows and quizzes. All of the entertainers and hosts are multilingual; allowing everyone to take part and also learn a little French along the way. The site also has its own restaurant and take away.
Le Baie, Trinité-sur-Mer
Our second campsite is situated on the South coast of Brittany near the port town of Trinité-sur-Mer. Le Baie and its sister site La Plage, which is adjacent, are both run by the same family and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The setting is quite beautiful with plots laid out between well placed trees, which serve to offer some privacy.
La Baie is located right across from the beach, with another just a 5 minute walk away. If you enjoy a gentle stroll then it is possible to walk right around the headland into the centre of Trinité-sur-Mer, which should take about 20 minutes. There you can enjoy the restaurants and bars, to the backdrop of the yachting harbour.
In addition to the onsite swimming pools, basketball court, volleyball court, table tennis tables and play area, the owners also organise excursions suitable for all ages. Whilst the excursions on offer vary from week to week, they often include pony treks, trips to the nearby kart circuit, bike rides and hikes.
Le Chatelet, St Cast-Le Guildo
Located 22 miles from St Malo, Le Chatelet is a lovely small campsite on the North coast of Brittany. Small paths lead down to two nearby beaches, both of which have amazing sand. Be aware that one of the paths is a little difficult to negotiate and not suitable for buggies. It is also a good idea to keep a close eye on children if you decide to take this route as one side leads to steep drops. You have the option of driving to the beach if you wish and there are plenty of spaces available in the beach car park.
Although perhaps not as impressive as the facilities at our two previous sites; the facilities at Le Chatelet include a swimming pool, take away, bar, playgrounds and a well stocked shop. There is also a superb restaurant called La Marmitte just 5 minutes walk from the site. A market is held once a week, just down the road at a small square. A larger market is held weekly in the centre of St Cast, which although a fair distance, is walkable.
At St Cast is another fine beach, accompanied by a sailing club. The centre also has some great restaurants, bars and an array of interesting shops. If you fancy taking to the sea then there is a port at St Cast-Le Guildo where Brittany Ferries offer sailings to the following destinations:
- Le Havre (177 miles)
- Caen (118 miles)
- Roscoff (100 miles)
- Cherbourg (149 miles)
- St Malo (20 miles)
As a regular driver in France whilst on both camping and skiing holidays; Mike Jones recommends that anyone using the Autoroute regularly should consider investing in a Télépéage transponder. This handy device allows drivers to negotiate toll booths without the need to stop at the barriers and allows for a quicker and more convenient journey.