Our two week Brittany road trip itinerary

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.

Southern Brittany road trip highlights

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). 

Brittany road trip itinerary

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. 

Nantes with kids

The Machines de l’île – One of the many attractions we visited during our two days in Nantes. 

I thoroughly recommend the four-star campsite we stayed at – Nantes Camping, http://www.nantes-camping.fr/ You can read our full review here – Review Nantes Camping. 

Brittany road trip - Southern Brittany

We loved the facilities and location of Nantes Camping, our home for three nights in Nantes.

Two nights Carnac

Brittany road trip itinerary - Nantes to Carnac

Our drive from Nantes to Carnac was just shy of two hours. It was a pleasurable drive, we thought the roads were excellent in Brittany and didn’t experience any traffic.

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 –

Brittany road trip - Foret adrenaline, Carnac

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.

Islands to explore, Brittany - Houat Island with kids

Brittany - Houat Island 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. 

Pool - Review 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.

Brittany road trip - boat trip to Glenan Islands

It would be a crime to visit Brittany and not visit the Glénan Islands.  Crystal clear water, powder white sand… I truly felt like I was back in the Caribbean.

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.

Brittany road trip - Benodet

We loved walking along the promenade in Bénodet…

Brittany road trip - Nantes to Benodet

and we spent hours in the water and enjoying the campsite beach.

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.  

Lou Messugo

94 thoughts on “Our two week Brittany road trip itinerary

  1. Ting

    Hmmm I’m just dreaming of a road trip to Brittany now. I love driving in France and think it’s a great destination to take the family as it’s so on our doorstep too! Nantes and Benodet look just wonderful!

  2. Zena

    This is a part of France I’m really keen to explore, and you’ve packed this post with lots of inspiration for us. I really think that moving around helps you really get to know a place

  3. Erin Alice Ek Rush

    What an amazing few weeks! I’ve never been to France but I’d LOVE to go and love to take the kids. We are now campers (as of last year) and it looks like you found some great places to camp! Off to have a closer read of Camping Du Letty as it sounds like a perfect spot for us.

  4. Sam

    I am SO jealous of all these sunny pics! We’ve never taken the children to France but I’d love to visit soon – there is just so much to offer isn’t there.

  5. Sanna Vegancruiser

    So glad I checked out your post… have never even considered Northern France for a holiday (apart for a Paris citybreak) only just the south. But that marina and the beaches seem beautiful. I suppose my hesitance is in part due to the fact I don’t speak a word French either and would worry about travelling there with no skills. Do you speak French or found locals who could speak English?

    1. Lisa Post author

      I have quite basic French skills Sanna which did come in very handy for ordering in restaurants, greeting staff at campsites etc. My parents don’t speak any French at all beyond simple greetings and they were ok and still found the roads very easy to navigate;) I certainly wouldn’t let this put you off visiting France, just pack a mini French vocab book;)

    1. Lisa Post author

      We were very lucky, I think the local kids had returned to school during our visit so we did tend to get beaches to ourselves;) The weather was also incredibly kind to us

  6. Keri

    Thanks for highlighting everything there is to do, I had no idea all the time I lived in the UK this is literally on the door step! #mondayescapes

  7. Ava Meena

    Sounds like a great itinerary for a road trip! I’d love to see that mechanical elephant! It’s definitely useful that you reviewed so many of the campsites so that people can know where to stay in the area. #MondayEscapes

  8. Celine

    I’m still a little hesitant on road trips with our kids, since they are still young and don’t love being in the car that much. But these stops would make it worthwhile! #MondayEscapes

    1. Lisa Post author

      All of the stops were not too far from each other too Celine. My boys are pretty good in the car but I don’t like spending too much of our holiday in the car when we can be out and about exploring;)

  9. MrsS

    Lisa I loved following your trip, and you have really inspired us to visit next year in the camper van. Houat Island looks beautiful. It is somewhere I have wanted to visit for so long, thanks for the inspiration I am hoping we may just get there next year!

    1. Lisa Post author

      We were very lucky, for the entire 12 days (apart from a heavy 15 minute rain shower whilst we were on Houat Island which completely took us by surprise!)

  10. KellyAnn Schiavo

    This is an amazing post and so informative! We recently drove to Paris for the first time so its great to know that driving to Brittany was equally fine. I’d definitely consider doing it for a holiday next summer. The beaches looked lovely and loads to do for the children too! Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Thanks for having me a first timer on #MondayEscapes 🙂

    1. Lisa Post author

      Glad you found it useful KellyAnn. The beaches are truly gorgeous. I felt like we were in the Caribbean and not just a short hop across the channel from the UK!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Ha ha yes I didn’t attempt to take my boys to the stones as they are just too young to experience them. They adored swinging through the trees at Foret Adrenalin nearby though;) Much more suited to adventurous families.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes I think you have it spot on there Samantha, it really does feel like you are much further away from the UK than you are. So convenient for families

    1. Lisa Post author

      Aw thanks Lisa. Glad you like them. It’s easy to take good shots when a destination cooperates and provides a fortnight of bright blue skies;)

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  12. Diane

    Such a nice itinerary! Since I live nearby, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Brittany many times and I love it. It’s one of my favorite regions of France! #allaboutfrance

  13. Phoebe | Lou Messugo

    This is a great itinerary for exploring Brittany, but you’re right, it deserves more than 12 nights as it’s a large and fascinating area. I’ve been to various parts of Brittany including Nantes and Carnac always by car driving around and mostly in terrible weather!!! You were so lucky with the sunshine during your trip (clever of the Brittany Tourist Board to arrange that too!!!) Your photos are lovely and with all the linked articles I’m sure this will serve as a very useful resource for families planning holidays to Brittany. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance
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    1. Lisa Post author

      I hope so Phoebe;) It’s so time consuming planning a family holiday, hopefully this will help out other families and ensure they make the most of their time in Brittany.

  14. FrenchVillage Jacqui

    We live two hours drive away from Nantes (in the Deux-Sèvres) and have done for 13 years, yet we’ve never done Nantes (aside from the motorway ring road). I really must plan a trip, it’s been on my bucket list for too long. I helped out on a school trip to southern Brittany when my now 17yr old was in French primary school, so it was nice to revisit many of the things I remember through your photos. Thank you.

  15. Carolyne

    Thank you I LOVE this post, we watched a movie recently and I loved the images of Brittany so much that I want to plan a trip…and you have just made it easy! #AllAboutFrance

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