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Camping In Brittany

Camping In Brittany, The Cornwall Of France

Camping In Brittany can be viewed as a French version of camping in Cornwall. A rugged coastline interspersed with lovely sandy beaches, picturesque fishing harbours, historic towns and villages, plenty of tourist attractions and perhaps the same unpredictable weather. Yes, as with Cornwall, it can rain rather a lot sometimes in Brittany, although it also has it’s fair share of warm sunshine.

Camping in Brittany can be the first tentative step to enjoying a family, camping holiday in France, as it was for me back in 1999, before venturing further afield in subsequent years, in my case as far as Portugal and Italy. It can also be a happy destination to return to year after year, leading perhaps to buying a holiday home there, or a destination to combine as part of a multi-destination holiday, perhaps with the Dordogne, so you have a beach and an inland river holiday all in the same camping trip.

As it is a busy destination, booking in advance is advisable in peak periods. Here are a few of my favourite destinations for camping in Brittany. Just like Cornwall, roads can be congested and busy at those times too.

1) La Trinite Sur Mer

La Trinite-sur-Mer, South Brittany

Enjoy these beachside views by staying at La Plage Campsite in La Trinite-sur-Mer. Click Here For More Details

La Trinite-sur-Mer was my first destination for a family camping holiday in France back in 1999 and where I caught the Continental camping bug that draws me back year after year. As well as a superb location overlooking a sandy bay, to which there is direct access, there are plenty of amenities. The restaurant and bar overlook the beach, the pool has waterslides and there are also two tennis courts and three table tennis tables.

The chic resort of La Trinite-sur-Mer itself is just a short walk away. Facilities are also available at the neighbouring campsite of La Baie and vice versa.

2) Camping L’Atlantique, Beg-Meil

Beg-Meil Camping L'Atlantique South Brittany

As well as the pool facilities and water slides, Beg-Mell is close to a lovely beach with rock pools. There is also a tennis court & 3 table tennis tables. Click Here For More Details

Camping L’Atlantique in Beg-Meil is another highly regarded camping park in South Brittany, though more to the western end. As well as enjoying the excellent range of facilities, including direct access to the local beach, it is just a short drive away from popular Breton towns such as Concarneau, Quimper and Benodet. It is probably better suited to families with young children rather than teenagers and is regarded as a medium sized campsite with 432 pitches.

3) Domaine des Ormes, Dol-de-Bretagne

Camping In Brittany

Treehouses are one of several accommodation options at Domaine des Ormes, along with Safari Tents, Chalet Bungalows and pitch spaces for tourers. Click Here For More Details

Being less than 30 minutes drive from St.Malo, less than 2 hours drive from Ouistreham or Cherbourg if traffic is light and not much more than 2 hours from Roscoff, Domaine des Ormes makes for a convenient first stopover after arriving at one of those ports or to stay before the homeward ferry journey. Many use it for that purpose but it also has a lot to offer in it’s own right and is very much worth a longer stay.

Domaine des Ormes is a large site with over 700 pitches. As such, it has plenty of facilities, including heated swimming pools, both outside and under cover and waterslides. There are two tennis courts, three table tennis tables, a basketball court and plenty of other sporting facilities. There are two restaurants, a takeaway facility and two bars. There is plenty to do here to have a memorable family holiday. The nearby town of Dol-de-Bretagne is an attractive town to visit and explore. The famous monastery Mont St. Michel is less than half an hour’s drive away.

Places To Visit

There are plenty of sightseeing options in Brittany including historic towns such as Vannes, Auray, the city of Quimper and the fishing ports of Benodet and Concarneau. Mont St.Michel is one of France’s leading and most visited tourist attractions. The megalithic stones of Carnac are another attraction known throughout the world.

There are also plenty of historic forests to enjoy if you love country walks or more serious hiking.

Many visitors love Brittany so much that they return year after year. It’s also a leading area for buying a second home or relocating to France permanently.

Vannes. Camping In Brittany

Historic Vannes is one of many towns in Brittany worthy of a sightseeing trip. Click Here For Further Details


May Half-Term Chalet Camping Breaks From £289

Brittany Ferries May Half-Term Chalet Camping Breaks Offer

Brittany Ferries May Half-Term Chalet Camping Breaks Offer

Brittany Ferries May Half-Term Chalet Camping Breaks Offer will give 4 day breaks in the May half-term from £289 and 5 day breaks from just £353 per party. Cars are included in the price, plus up to four people.

Holidays are to either Brittany or the Vendee. Departures are on Sunday (May 29th), Monday (May 30th) and Wednesday (June 1st). The 4 day breaks are based on day time sailings, checking into your camping park on the same day. The 5 day breaks are based on an overnight outbound ferry sailing and a day time homeward return trip.

Click Here For The Current List Of Locations Available

Brittany Ferries state that all stays will be in comfortable chalet accommodation at four and five star camping holiday parks, with on-site indoor swimming pools, play areas, restaurants and shops.

If you have yet to book a family holiday for the May half-term this represents one of the best value offers, especially as ferry travel is factored into the price already!

Yelloh! Village les Mouettes, Carantec

Yelloh! Village les Mouettes, Carantec in Brittany is just one of the locations available in this offer.

Click Here For More Details On This Great Offer


Camping In The Vendee

Camping In The Vendee, Miles Of Blue Flag Beaches On Your Doorstep

If you go camping in the Vendee it’s most likely because it’s the sunniest part of France after the French Riviera with very similar levels of sunshine. It also has a wide choice of beaches, including some of the best blue flag beaches in the whole of France. There’s plenty to do and the journey involves a shorter trip than heading to the south of France. Specifically the Vendee is the strip of coastline west of the Loire Valley between South Brittany and the Pertuis Breton, a strait to the north of Ile de Re and La Rochelle.

Not surprisingly, it’s one of France’s most popular camping areas, with plenty of sites of all types. In peak periods such as early August, they will be extremely busy. Here are a few of the best camping holiday parks, as booking in advance is recommended at the peak of the holiday season:

1) La Yole

La Yole St Jean-de-Monts

La Yole is a very pleasant, medium sized campsite situated between the coastal resorts of St Jean -de-Monts & Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. .Click Here For More Details

La Yole is a friendly medium sized camping park which would be ideal for a family with young children or older people without children looking for somewhere to stay out of the peak season periods. As well as a swimming pool it also has a well maintained tennis court over the road from the entrance and a restaurant that enjoys a good reputation. Some lovely sandy beaches are only a short drive away.

2) Bel Campsite, La Tranche-sur-Mer

Bel Campsite, La Tranche-sur-Mer

An aerial shot of Bel Campsite at La Tranche-sur-Mer in the South Vendee. Click Here For More Details

Bel Campsite is a small campsite, probably best suited to families with small children. It is just a short walk from nearby La Tranche-sur-Mer, which comes to life during the summer season but is otherwise a rather sleepy resort. Excellent sandy beaches are nearby for indulging in windsurfing, swimming or just laying on the beach whilst your children amuse themselves.

3) La Garangeiore Campsite, St.Julien-des-Landes

La Garangeoire Campsite

La Garangeoire Campsite is set in beautiful woodland in the grounds of an old chateau and is still just a 15 minute drive from the beaches of the Vendee. Click Here For More Details

La Garangeiore Campsite is a medium sized camping park with both outdoor and covered swimming pools, waterslides and plenty of other activities. Although an inland location it is still just a 15 minute drive to some superb, sandy beaches. There is also a modern restaurant and bar which overlooks the pool, plus a pub-style bar in one of the converted outbuildings of the château.

4) Camping Village De La Guyonniere, Lake Jaunay

Camping in the Vendee

Camping Village de la Guyonnière in the Vendee, next to Lake Jaunay, has a wide range of activities for holidaymakers of all ages. Click Here For More Details

There’s plenty of recreational activities to enjoy in Camping Village de la Guyonnière, including many sports activities, the resort’s swimming pools, a spa, and an animal sanctuary. Facilities at the resort include a restaurant, takeaway, grocery shop, and a bar, and there’s even free WiFi. The sandy, award winning beaches, resorts and fishing villages of the Vendee are less than 10 miles away.

Lake Jaunay itself is a setting where families can enjoy long walks across lush countryside, head off for a swim or a boat ride, or take to one of the many cycling routes around it, next to the camping village.

5) Camping Le Tropicana, St.Jean-de-Monts

Camping Le Tropicana, St Jean-de-Monts

Camping Le Tropicana is a few miles south of St.Jean-de-Monts and just a short walk from the beaches. Please note you will need to book stays here directly with the owners. Click Here For More Details

Camping Le Tropicana is one of several large camping parks catering to tourers on the outskirts of St Jean-de-Monts. It has 59 touring pitches which do sell out quickly in high season, as in the other camping parks in this popular area. If you haven’t booked ahead, arriving as early as possible on the day is advisable. For the record, Camping Le Tropicana has heated indoor and outdoor pools. There is a waterslide, a jacuzzi and a restaurant, amongst other amenities.

Places To Go

Le Puy du Fou

Le Puy du Fou is a great family day out if you want a change from the pool and the beach or if the weather isn’t quite right for those activities. It features a multitude of spectacular shows and should be a memorable day out. Otherwise, why would it have been voted the best park in the world?


Noirmoutier is an island just to the north of St Jean-de-Monts, linked by a bridge to the mainland. Parts of the island have been reclaimed from the sea. It has some of the best, unsung family beach resorts in France and is well worth a visit, even if just for a day trip.


Les Oceanides

Les Oceanides is rated one of the top four restaurants in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie on the independent review site, TripAdvisor. Click Here For More Details.

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive seaside resort and fishing harbour, with an excellent choice of traditional French restaurants if you are looking to dine out. The Grand Plage has a beautiful promenade full of shops cafes and restaurants.


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