Family Camping Holidays in Brittany

Camping in Brittany

You’ll find Brittany on the North-West corner of France, with a huge 2,800km of coastline. Brittany has an extremely strong cultural identity, but all the vital elements for a fantastic family camping holiday.

The region is made up of four departments: Finistère, Côtes d’Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan. Finistère translates as ‘the end of the Earth’ – an apt name for its location on its westerly surf beaches, spreading down to the easterly Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique. To the east is Côtes d’Armor, with its Pink Granite Coast. The most easterly region is Ille-et-Vilaine, known as ‘Haute Bretagne’ (High Brittany) – home to Mont St-Michel. And in the South is Morbihan, with its Unesco World Heritage site at Carnac. Whichever region you choose, there’s tons to do and keep a family busy.

Things to do while you’re camping in Brittany

Brittany is an absolute mecca for beach lovers! Straight off the ferry is the Grand Plage at Dinard or, for more seclusion, head west to the Baie de Trépassés on the Atlantic Finistère coast. This is a great surfing beach, with caves under the cliffs and wonderful beachcombing to be had at low tide. Also worth looking at is Sensation Bretagne - a group of 17 coastal resorts which, from mid-July to mid-August, have all sorts of free events for families such as beach clubs, games and films.

Brittany has 840km of Voies Vertes (Green Ways) – paths that follow routes of old railways, towpaths and forest trails that are perfect for cycling along. Also worth checking out is Forêt Adrénaline in both Rennes and Carnac, which offers family-friendly zip wires and tree climbing.

The region also caters well for rainy day attractions. Near Brest you’ll find Océanopolis sea life centre or you could visit the Grand Aquariam in St-Malo. Brittany is also full of quirky one-off gems such as the Wolf Museum and the Scrap Metal Poet - a collection of magical, moving sculptures.

A sure lure for the kids is the Cobac Parc theme park in Lanhelin. And for animal loving children, why not try the Desert Goat Farm near Dol-de-Bretagne or the Zooparc de Trégomeur on the Côtes d’Armor.

Getting to Brittany

You can sail direct to Finistère with Brittany Ferries from Plymouth, and the region is also easily driveable to via the Eurotunnel. Alternatively, you can fly from East Midlands or Stansted to Dinard with Ryanair. And Flybe flies to Rennes from Exeter, Manchester and Southampton or to Brest from Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.

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