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Family camping holidays in southern Brittany

Posted on 02 June 2009 by Dan Johnson

There are many good reasons to take your family holiday in Brittany, France, this year. Here are seven highlights that make it a great destination for camping. If you have more ideas, please post your comments.

Domaine de Kerlann is one of the most popular holiday parcs in southern Brittany. The parc has indoor and outdoor pools, a large splashzone for youngsters, free children’s clubs, restaurants and bars, plus nearby watersports, making it ideal for all the family. Domaine de Kerlann is on the outskirts of Pont Aven, a mecca for artists interested in the pretty scenery, which originally inspired Gauguin.

Skiing, not a sport immediately associated with mountain-less Brittany, is coming to the region for one month from July 8, in the form of a 65m long dry-ski slope and toboggan course at Domaine de Kerlann. The slopes are perfect for all ages and standards, and great fun after a day spent sunning yourself by the beach. Two hours skiing costs just 6€ per person.

Brittany’s coastline has white-sand beaches, serene harbours and craggy coves, plus there are frequent picnic spots and coastal paths with stunning views. Two of the best beaches are at Port Manech and Rospico, which are blessed with golden sands, rock pools to explore, and are rarely crowded.

The ancient standing stones of Carnac are France’s version of Stonehenge. There are more than 2000 standing stones, some in excess of 20m high, stretching for two miles in perfect alignment. It’s an impressive sight, but trying to explain to enquiring young minds how they got there is a challenge.

Brittany is dotted with pretty villages and fishing towns, but if you have to visit one, make it Concarneau. The small island old-town is a short ferry ride from the coast and is perfect for a family visit. One afternoon is just enough time to tour the medieval ramparts, explore the pretty cobbled streets, marvel at the chocolate and biscuit shops, and explore the tourist boutiques.

French food is famous across the world, and Brittany has its own menu that is much loved in France. Local delicacies include salty oysters, savoury galettes and sweet crepes. Many towns have weekly farmers markets brimming with fresh goods, and the François Garrec biscuit factory in Benodet is the place to discover traditionally made crepes and Breton cakes.

There are incredible savings on Brittany holidays with Siblu. Seven-night stays from 29 July, in a two-bedroom holiday home suitable for up to six people, start from just £899. This is a saving of £248 on the brochure price, and includes Dover to Calais ferries. 

Families can also exchange their pounds for Siblu’s new EuroVouchers, which give a great exchange rate of 1.25€ and can be used in Domaine de Kerlann’s shop, bar and restaurant.

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