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Started by Started by: Yannis
Hello everyone. Thinking of taking the family on a camping road trip to Brittany this summer, but base our staying around windsurfing schools/clubs/hire places (not going to take my own kit).

I am mapping all available places where I can hire kit and then I will plan our route, attraction visiting and camping around them.

Any experience you might have had would be awesome!

Thanks in advance


Yannis

Last updated: 12/05/13 22:40 By: Yannis
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Added by rogerta on 13/05/13

Yannis - my advice for what its worth is take your own kit. There are too many great locations to miss out on by not having your own kit and you will really restrict yourself. This is especially true of Brittany which is quite remote. The Med will have much more in the way of hire operations. There are also some fantastic camping sites with loads of great activities for the kids but no windsurf hire. We stay with a company called Yelloh! who are one of the better campings IMHO. The exclamation mark is not because I'm trying to make a point - thats their name. www.yellohvillage.co.uk/ We usually camp in France every year and have been all up and down the west coast from Brittany down to the Cote Sauvage and always stay with Yelloh! They have a number of sites around Brittany. We've only stayed in La Plage at Le Guilvinec - it has all the usual facilities - kids clubs, big swimming area with slides, swings etc etc. It has a beautiful beach though where you can windsurf - bump and jump. You can also cycle for miles behind the beach. The piece de resistance however is that its just round the corner from La Torche. This is a world class break which really fires on its day. None of these places hire kit though although you can hire surfboards at La Torche. However you need a good summer to get the weather in Brittany. Its basically the same weather you will get on the south coast of the UK. Not trying to put you off in the slightest, just saying. Once you get as far south as Vendee then you are really far enough south to start picking up the Biscay highs and thermal breezes.

Added by Yannis on 13/05/13

Thank you Roger! Very helpful. During my research I did come across both Yelloh! and La Plage, so your comments come extremely handy!

Added by DavidC on 13/05/13

I agree with rogerta. Yello campsites are good and you might also want to take a look at Castels www.camping-castels.co.uk/. I would stick with 4/5 star campsites which are part of a large chain or ones which are used by Eurocamp etc. The area round Guilvinec is very beautiful and the La Torche also has child friendly areas. The area also has beaches to suit most windsurfing standards I sailed from Lesconil.

I have not seen much board hire round Brittany but there are lots of sailing schools so they may hire. Two years ago we went to La Tranche-sur-Mer in the Vendee. It has an Atlantic surf beach, a windsurfing beach a big sailing school, lots of board hire, a free bus and good cycle routes. Also it is further south so warmer. The drawback is its not as pretty as Finistère and further from St Malo but maybe the same distance from Calais. Finistère is over 500 miles from Calais.

Added by Yannis on 14/05/13

Thanks David!

Added by Jackie on 19/05/13

Hi Yannis
We had a fantastic holiday camping near Quiberon in Brittany last year and had so much fun, we are going back this year. We took our own kit, but there was kit available for hire in Carnac.
We stayed half way down the peninsula (at the thin part!) at the Camping Municipal de Penthievre, which was right at the water's edge of Quiberon bay, which is calm, flat water inshore with no-one on it! The wild, wavy Atlantic was across the road. From Penthievre, it would be a 20 minute drive to to Carnac and you would sail there. (It was busier on the water and slightly rougher water state at Carnac.) There are lots of campsites nearer Carnac, but I did enjoy being right on the water and leaving my kit rigged. This does highlight the joy of having your own kit with you if at all possible. The campsite at Penthievre was basic, but had everything that you would need and cost 100 Euros for a tent for a week! There are electrical hook-ups and spaces for caravans and camper vans, but no loo seats. There was a train station right at the campsite, which gave easy access to other towns; eg we took our bikes on the train to Auray for lunch and then cycled back. The cycling was spectacular, through chocolate box villages and quiet country lanes - there is loads to do and see in this area, including the famous standing stones at Carnac.
www.blavet.co.uk/holiday%20activities.htm gives some details of windsurfer hire at Carnac.
www.morbihan.com/camping-municipal-de-penthievre/s is the campsite.
If you have any questions, give me a shout!
Happy Holiday Planning!
Jackie

Added by Yannis on 19/05/13

Excellent info! Thank you, thank you, thank you!