If you aren’t really the relaxing on the beach type of holiday maker, you will be looking for a destination that offers a little more opportunity to explore. Many people enjoy walking holidays, where they can set up a comfortable base to return to each evening, but from which they can head off in different directions each day and really get to know the region.
Whilst it boasts the longest coastline in France and has many beautiful beaches, Brittany is a great location for those wanting a little more out of their holiday. From traditional fishing villages, to grand chateaux, national parks to sights of historic significance, Brittany has plenty to offer visitors who are seeking an authentic holiday experience.
Our campsite in Brittany, La Foret is in an ideal location to explore some of the most delightful areas on the west coast of France, along with some inland gems.
Some options within relatively close proximity to our campsite start in the small town of Rosporden. There is a good selection of lakeside walks leading from the town and it is also the start of a 101km route to Morlaix, a Green Way or Voies Vertes. Of course, you can just walk or cycle part of the route and turn back.
Another Voies Vertes runs from the delightful town of Quimper to the Port of Douarnenez. This 18km stretch makes for a good bike ride and for walkers it is possible to take a taxi for the return journey. At walking or cycling pace, you get the chance to take in the scenery on route and appreciate the quiet beauty of the region.
Not far from Rosporden is Pont l’Abbe, with a walking trail along the estuary. This route is a haven for wildlife and is popular with bird spotters. On route you may also get the opportunity to see the Menhir de Penglaouic, a historic standing stone which is partially submerged by the changing tide. There is also a narrower, wooded walk along the other side of the estuary from Aber Benoit.
If you head inland to Chateauneuf-du-Faou, you can pick up a wonderful stretch of towpath along the river Aulne. This walk offers spectacular views including the pink architecture of Chateau de Trevare, which you may wish to take the time to visit. This relatively recent stately home was completed at the start of the 20th century and includes 85 hectares of grounds and some very impressive gardens.
For those looking for a more gentle stroll, take a walk from the campsite to the port to see one of the region’s largest marinas or maybe sign up for 18 holes at Golf de Cornouaille, both of which are key attractions in La Foret Fouesnant.
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