If you’re a fan of Cornwall, you’ll love Brittany! For a family camping holiday in France with hidden coves and gorgeous beaches, traditional seaside towns, incredible food, and fewer people than its neighbour across the sea, it’s little wonder that Brittany is so popular. Another big plus is the ease of access from the UK, with ferry ports at Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff all giving easy access to families travelling with their own cars. A quick, easy journey to northern France!
You can choose from three superb Siblu holiday parks that are perfect for a relaxing family camping holiday in Brittany: Domaine de Kerlann, Le Conguel and Les Pierres Couchées. Aside from its gorgeous beaches and hidden coves, Brittany is also known for its Celtic culture, its delicious regional delicacies and its mild climate. So much to explore!
Things to see in Southern Brittany
Quimper is an ancient Breton town known for its rustic riverside charm (the town is criss-crossed with footbridges spanning the River Odet) and its amazingly well-preserved ‘Old Town’ area (think charming half-timbered houses and cobbled streets). It’s also home to museums (on subjects ranging from Breton history to fine art), Roman remains, a gothic cathedral and some beautiful parks and gardens. A great choice for a day out away from your Siblu holiday park!
La Presqu’île de Crozon
The Crozon peninsula (presqu’ile de Crozon) is a protected nature reserve in the Finistère area of Brittany, famed for its creeks, jagged headlands and glittering ocean. Its also home the 17th century Tour Vauban, a fortified garrison which is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perfect for long walks and picnics.
Visit the ramparts of Vannes
Vannes is the largest city in the area and it's fun to explore the ancient centre with the cobbled streets and quaint shops. It's a city packed with tasty restaurants and a must-do is to explore the 12th century ramparts.
Things to taste and try
Brittany food and drink
Brittany's greatest food specialism is the crêpe, and you'll find both sweet AND savoury options on the menu (we wholeheartedly recommend one of each to balance things out). The sweet treats continue with the Breton Far, which is a creamy dessert made with egg yolks, and galettes, which are small, rounded biscuits made of salty butter. If this all sounds delicious, they are best washed town with a glass of the region's famous cider.
Brittany towns and villages
Brittany is filled with wonderful small towns and seaside fishing villages, but there are also walled medieval citadelles, built to guard against invasion from France, that make for fascinating day trips. Concarneau is also a spectacular walled town and one of Brittany's most important fishing ports, drawing huge numbers of visitors in the summer. Away from the imposing walled towns, pretty Pont Aven is famous for inspiring the artist Paul Gauguin to create a whole new painting technique called 'synthetism'.
On land or at sea, there is no shortage of sports in Southern Brittany. The beaches are perfect for stand up paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking, plus there are options for sailing, fishing, horse riding and Gp Ape style tree adventure courses.
Brittany’s coast is filled with stunning, little sandy coves that are surrounded by handsome cliffs, and most are quiet, even in the heat of summer. Tahiti Beach is close to Domaine de Kerlann, which is a beautiful stretch of sand at the bottom of a hillside path. Port Manec'h is an estuary beach that is great for young children, and you can hire paddle boards, canoes and dingies. Rospico is a white-sand beach with a shallow river running into the sea - great for paddling children. There are also sandy stretches at Trevignon and Raguénès.
Brittany is blessed with a series of brilliant festivals throughout the holiday season. They start with the Festival of Brittany, in May, with a whole host of event and activities taking place across the region. In July, the town of Vannes spend three days bringing its medieval past to life in the Festival of Vannes. Later in the month, the region's links to its closest English neighbour are celebrated with the Festival Le Cornouaille in Quimper. Brittany's most famous event, Lorient's Celtic Festival, takes place over 10 days in August, with more than 700,000 visitors attending. One of the region's most famous attractions, the megalithic standing stones at Carnac, is made even more impressive in August, when they are illuminated every evening and there are night-time walks to discover their history.
Much of Brittany's history and tradition is closely linked to the ocean. Concarneau is a medieval walled town which the kids will love to explore. Oceanopolis, in Brest, is home to 50 aquariums with over 1,000 varieties of fish living in polar, temperate and tropical zones. For a historical view of the region's nautical past, go to the Musée National de la Marine, which is located in Brest's castle. And for yet another view of Brittany's sea links, the Keroman submarine base in Lorient was built by the Germans during WWII, but is now the resting place for La Flore, a French submarine that you can tour.
Not to be missed...
Add a little magic to your holiday! Children and lovers of legends and other tales will delight in exploring this mysterious forest near Rennes. According to legend, this forest has welcomed Merlin the Enchanter, the fairy Viviane and the Knights of the Round Table.
Carnac standing stones
For those who love to explore, Brittany is packed with cultural highlights and attractions. Perhaps the most famous site is the 3,000 standing stones at the small town of Carnac. The stones were erected between 6,000 and 2,000 BC and stand in perfect alignment.
This beautiful Breton village is known as the the most beautiful in France. With its half-timbered houses, medieval streets and historical monuments, this small town overlooking the Gueuzon valley is well worth a visit.
L’île de Groix
Southern Brittany offers lots of boat trips from the towns of Concarneau and Lorient. The island of Groix is extremely pretty, with beautifully clear waters and a wild landscape.
La pointe du Raz
If you fancy a bit of rock climbing and rock pooling, head to the Pointe du Raz, the most westerly point of Brittany and France. You'll have amazing views over this wild coastline and you'l be able to see the Vieille lighthouse and the island of Sein during your walk.
Lorient is a lively city on the southern Brittany coast. The centre is fairly commercial but the places to visit are in the harbour and docks - if you're into sailing and submarines, this is the place to visit. There is a hands-on sailing museum and a submarine museum, the Sous-Marin Flore.