If you follow us on social media you’ll know that over the summer holidays my boys and I spent two fabulous weeks exploring Nantes and southern Brittany with my parents in their motor home. Our press trip was organised by the Brittany tourist board. I have shared below the Brittany road trip itinerary that the tourist board put together for us to help you plan your family holiday to Brittany. I hope you find it useful. Please do let me know if you have any questions about any of the attractions or campsites we visited in Brittany. I am happy to help.
Background – It was our first trip to Brittany but we are already planning our next visit as 12 nights was not nearly long enough to discover everything that the region has to offer. My parents had never travelled outside of the UK in their motor home and so the proximity of Brittany from the UK made it the perfect destination for their first overseas adventure.
We were all completely blown away by Brittany, it is an absolutely stunning part of France. Our highlights were boat trips to Houat Island and the Glénan Islands, walking along side a 40-foot mechanical elephant at Les Machines De I’ile in Nantes and swinging through the trees in Carnac.
Two week Brittany road trip itinerary (starting in Nantes and exploring Carnac, Houat Island, Bénodet and the Glénan Islands).
Three nights Nantes
My parents travelled across to France with Brittany Ferries in their motor home and met my boys and I in Nantes. We started our tour around Brittany with two days and three nights in Nantes, using a campsite in Nantes as our base.
Nantes is an incredible city, located on the river and home to lots of attractions for families with kids of all ages. You need to spend at least two full days in Nantes to see the main sights, although next time we will definitely stay for longer. You can see what we got up to in this post – 48 hours in Nantes with kids.
Two nights Carnac
We chose Camping Le Moustoir in Carnac as our base to swing from the trees at Foret Adrenaline and jump on a boat to explore Houat Island. To be honest it was a perfect location for Foret Adrenaline but the one hour early morning drive to join the boat at Port Navalo to travel over to Houat Island was a killer! (I would suggest booking a campsite in Arzon if you plan to visit Houat Island to be close to the boat pier and avoid an early morning drive).
The rope courses at Foret Adrenaline are absolutely brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend for families with kids (and big kids!) of all ages. We had such a fun morning –
Houat Island is truly spectacular and well worth a visit. The island is just 5 km long by 1 km wide and has some of the most spectacular coastline I have ever seen. Click here to read our review of Houat Island and tips for visiting with kids.
Recommended campsite Carnac – We stayed at Camping Le Moustoir, Carnac, http://www.lemoustoir.com/. The campsite is located in a perfect spot for exploring the Carnac famous stones and has lots of great facilities for families, as you can see below. Click here to read our Review of Camping Le Moustoir, Carnac.
Seven nights Bénodet
We stayed at a campsite near the market town of Bénodet for our last week which was the perfect location for beach days, coastal walks and for visiting the nearby Glénan Islands.
The Glénan Islands were the main reason that we decided to visit Brittany. I had read about the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches and knew I had to experience a trip out to the Glénan archipelago. Click here to read our full review and tips for visiting the Glénan Islands with kids.
Recommended campsite Bénodet – We absolutely loved the campsite we stayed at in Bénodet – Camping Du Letty, http://www.campingduletty.com/). We had originally planned to stay just a few nights but loved the campsite beachside location and facilities so much that we extended our stay. There are a few pics below and you can read our full review here – Review Camping Du Letty.
Other family attractions near Bénodet
We had intended to visit several other local attractions recommended to us by the Brittany tourist board but to be honest my boys were so happy rock pooling and swimming in the pool that we enjoyed a pleasurable few days at our campsite and nearby.
For our next trip to Brittany we intend to visit the walled town (ville close) in Concarneau, the riverside village of Pont-Aven, watch the surfers at Pointe de la Torche and have a day out at Océanopolis aquarium in Brest.
As we plan to explore northern Brittany during our next visit we will travel across with Brittany Ferries. Here are a few reasons why we are tempted to ditch the flight!
I hope you have found this two week Brittany road trip itinerary useful. Please do let me know if you have any questions about any of the attractions or campsites we visited in Brittany. I am happy to help;)
Disclosure – We were invited as guests of Brittany Tourist Board to review the campsites and attractions mentioned in this article. All words and opinions are, as always, my own. This is a collaborative post with Brittany Ferries.