It’s a balmy hot, Brittany day, the sun’s on my back as I look out into the tranquil waters of Concarneau Bay with the fine sand between my toes and the calm water lapping over my feet. I decide it’s time to head back for lunch. I turn and face the glorious Kerlevan Plage with its famous white sand, one of the finest beaches in Brittany. I walk along and step straight onto our campsite with its magnificent swimming pool complex, the best in the area with its 5 water chutes and Jacuzzi. Maybe that’s where I’ll spend the afternoon. I cross a small road and walk up a slight gradient and there is my spacious deluxe mobile home with its inviting decking. The Carisma homes are in a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded on 3 sides by open fields, great for the children and very safe. I can actually see the bay from my mobile home.
There is so much to do here, it’s the centre of historic Brittany. Yesterday we visited the magnificent wall fort of Concarneau with its restaurants and boutiques and found a great little bistro, it even had its own draw bridge complete with bagpiper. It was only 5 minutes by car. Tomorrow evening we are going to visit the ancient capital of Brittany, Quimper- just a few minutes further. The children are so happy here, there is everything for them; waterslides, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing.
I can now relax on my patio decking and enjoy fresh langoustines and a glass of wine. Carisma tell us that they have been here for over 30 years, working together with 3 generations of the Boustoler family who run the campsite. All those years ago they promised Carisma exclusivity and that still is the case now, just Carisma and the campsite’s own French families. It makes this small, friendly campsite an absolute gem.
Strict planning regulations have prevented new campsites from being built in this historic area. There are, however, a few very good ones a little way back from the beach. But careful research will tell you that that’s where the British tour operators all masse, that may be what you are looking for, but if you are looking for something a little more unique and exclusive, and on the beach, you may look no further.
* High season # Available free of charge- small refundable deposit required † Across a small road
Apart from its natural settings and an odd scrap of fortress, Benodet has no sights or historic buildings. However for seaside activities it is hard to beat. There is something here for everybody. Benodet has clean Blue flag beaches, a superb sailing school at le Letty and enjoys spectacular sunsets. One excursion not to miss is a trip up the Odet River, said to be the prettiest estuary in France. The best part being the wooded gorge-like scenery where sailboats must weave skilfully back and forth to avoid the banks.
This town is made up of different areas: The marina: A 1,000 berth marina (800 yards away) at the end of a beautiful wooded inlet, hosts many smart yachts. The marina is a mecca for keen sailors and a nice way to while away the afternoon or evening. There are a few restaurants and bars, some takeaways and a couple of shops. The town: The town of La Foret has a beautiful 16th Century church and plenty of excellent restaurants. You’ll find a few shops, including banks, a post office and chemist. On Sunday there is a lovely local craft and food market until 1.00pm. The Old Port: A very quiet area stretching up the side of the estuary, there are some lovely restaurants here. For a special night out try the Hotel du Port. Kerleven: A small village alongside a lovely beach made up of a few Creperies, a take away and a couple of pubs. On the beach there is a great restaurant/bar; let the kids play on the beach while you sit back and enjoy a meal with a glass of wine or two. Only minutes away from the campsite.
A pleasant enough town though with little of great interest. In the heart of a fruit growing region it is reputed to produce the best cider in Brittany. Just out of Fouesnant is Les Balneides, on the road to Begmeil. It is a well-designed water park with the longest water-slide in Brittany. Saunas, Whirlpools, cascades and Water chutes provide a range of both gentle and exhilarating fun.
The third largest fishing port in France. The town itself has grown around the ‘walled town’. Inside the fort there are many shops and restaurants, (do not miss the fabulous chocolate shop!).
A small seaside town, with a weekly market and nice sandy beaches. Its setting is undeniably pretty with sandy coves, dunes and rock pools. You can sail or dive here, or take boat excursions to the Iles de Glénan. Or go for a walk along the footpaths which follow the wooded shoreline towards Cap-coz.