Les Mouettes Campsite - Review

Carantec Beach Brittany

This lovely coastal campsite is 1.5 km from the main beaches of Carantec, although there is a beach directly outside the campsite, but it is not a white sand beach, its more sand mixed with gravel but still nice for an evening stroll. You can see the beach outside the campsite in the photo below.

  carantec

This five star campsite or holiday parc is in a fabulous setting overlooking a bay and has a great pool complex with waterslides, a "Lazy River" and spa. There is also a new covered pool. It an ideal campsite for families as the pool is not particularly deep and offers water flumes and a lazy river. There is also a toddler water play area in the indoor pool.

pool campsite pool pool

The campsite has a small supermarket (see photograph below) and a campsite restaurant (see below as well)

carantec campsite shop

Carantec is a lovely small town, offering a weekly market as well as shops, creperies and restaurants. There is also a supermarket about 500 km from the campsite. It would be possible to walk to the supermarket if you dont have a car. During French school holiday time (early July to end of August) a free holiday bus service operates around Carantec. The site is only 17 km from the Roscoff ferry port.

Carantec Beach and Surfboards

The Les Mouettes campsite at Carantec is one of the best French campsites we have stayed in and has a holiday seaside feel to it as well as a feeling of peace and spaciousness. Although it is a fairly large site, because of the hedges and trees onsite, you typically can only see at most about eight other caravans. There is a mini golf course or you could visit the 18 hole golf course at nearby Carantec.

 

Adjacent to the site is a beach which, although not classified as a proper tourist beach, is still very pleasant for an evening stroll.

CAMPSITE FACILITIES
  • • four pools : an outdoor pool for all, an outdoor toddler pool of max depth 0.4m which connects to main pool. There is also a slide and shute pool with one large slide, a small slide and various other water play features including a lazy river. There is also a covered pool and a whirlpool and sauna.
  • • shop offering a good range of food and toiletries as well as beach toys and newspapers, croissants and baguettes
  • • Restaurant, takeaway, snack bar, pizzeria and bar
  • Eurocamp/Keycamp Fun Station for All (age 4-12) - please check latest details with Eurocamp
  • • Campsite Run Children's Club for age 5-12 (in High Season although may well be Mid May to Mid September - check with Campsite or Eurocamp for more information)
  • • Campsite run entertainment including such things as football, tennis, ping pong, pool tournaments, waterslides by night, karaoke, bingo, pop bands, dance shows, quizzes, folk music and dancing. (mid May to Mid September)
  • • Weekly Family Disco and Children's Disco
  • • Tennis, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Minigolf
  • • Playground
  • • Playroom for toddlers with soft play toys - an excellent idea for toddlers to let off steam and makes this an ideal campsite for toddlers or young children. There is also a small area of playpark just near the bar so you can enjoy a drink outside while watching your children playing.
  • •  Games Room with table tennis
  • • Cinema showings on large screen as well as PS3 and Playstation gaming sessions on the very large screen!
  • • free WiFi in the Bar
  • • Cycle Hire
  • • washing up facilities, showers, washing machines etc.
  • • organised excursions eg walking trips around the coastal path, horse and pony rides, sailing trips and kayak trips

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Getting There

Ports

  • • Caen Ouistreham: 329 km
  • • Calais Ferry : 670 km
  • • Cherbourg : 363 km
  • • Roscoff : 17 km
  • • St Malo : 191 km

Airports

  • • Brest : 59 km
  • • Dinard : 175 km

Public Transport

  • • Train station: Morlaix 13 Km
  • • Services to: Brest, Rennes, Paris

If you are arriving at Morlaix Station by SNCF and wish to hire a bike to reach the campsite, you may find some useful information by clicking here.

Things to Do in the Area

Carantec

The beach at Carantec, Plage du Kelenn is a 1.5 km walk from the campsite. There are watersports including a sailing school there (http://www.carantec-nautisme.com/base-nautique). Carantec itself has shops and restaurants.There is a free bus service around the town during French school holiday time ie early July to late August.

GR 34 - The Breton coastal footpath, from Vitré to Quimperlé

 

carantec from Brittany Coastal Path

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This coastal walk stretches all the way round the coast of Brittany, but the section that goes around Carantec is well worth walking (see photograph above). It takes you past the best beach in Carantec as well as past some other beaches and cliff sections with some lovely views of the coast around Carantec. You can see some dream holiday houses as well! At one point, you will see views of the Chateau Taureau - a castle on an island and you will also walk past the Prat Ar-Coum, award winning Oyster sellers - a must visit shop if you enjoy cooking and eating seafood.

Ile Caillot

An interesting expedition about 1 km from the campsite is to walk or cycle onto Ile Caillot. This is an island which is cut off by the sea, except for 2 to 3 hours at low tide when it is possible to reach it via a causeway. However the main causeway is only uncovered for 2 hours so its important to check tide times very carefully or else join an organised excursion. We took bikes over and I would recommend that as it gives you ample time to cycle to the end of the island and back.

St Pol de Leon

The nearest larger town. There is a supermarket here as well as a cathedral and numerous shops as well as a weekly market. If you enjoy books then visit the lovely "Livres in Room" bookshop which has a lovely tea room and garden seating area. It offers a good range of reference books, childrens books as well as an English book section and some lovely stationery.

Roscoff

Roscoff is 17 kms from the campsite and has numerous shops and restaurants. You can take a Petit Train around Roscoff and St Pol de Leon. If you are interested in history, you can look for the plaque for the embarkation of the young Marie Stuart (better known in the UK as Mary Queen of Scots), who landed at Roscoff from Scotland at the age of 6. There is a restaurant in Roscoff which is named after her and in which we had a lovely meal. Here are tide times for Roscoff port.

Ile de Batz

This island, just off Roscoff, can be visited on a boat trip. The old harbour at Roscoff is where you can take a ferry to the Ile de Batz, which is a great excursion. The crossing takes approximately 10 minutes and once you are on the island you can walk round it or hire a bike to explore it.

There are some lovely beaches and there are also some creperies and cafes on the island for refreshments !

Morlaix

This town is about 20 km from the campsite. It is set on a river and you will see a viaduct in the town centre.

It is possible to walk along the viaduct (not the very top but at a lower level !) and this gives you a good view of the town. The town itself has many quaint older buildings and numerous shops and alleyways to explore.

Photographs from a patisserie in Morlaix - just to tempt you !

Huelgoat

This village is set on a lake, where you can hire boats (except on Mondays when we visited !). There is even a James Bond style boat to hire, so if you've always fancied yourself as a bit of a James Bond then this is the place to go ! Although I think the James Bond boat might be a boat for children to hire- before you get get your hopes up of being the next OO7!

One of the most interesting features in Huelgoat is a large area of rocks which were deposited by a glacier in the ice age. You can walk under some of them (see photograph). There is even one which you can move, called the Trembling Rock (la Roche Tremblant). Be very careful as you explore this site as there are quite a few drops and in fact probably the most dangerous section is right as you enter the area, so keep children right next to you if you decide to visit this. No doubt this area would be fairly interesting to anyone interested in geology.

You can also continue along on a forest walk and you can see a memorial to three members of the French Resistance who were shot here during World War II.

Tourist Map of Haut Finistere

You can find an interactive map of the tourist highlights of this area, by clicking here..

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