We stayed at Camping Du Letty in Bénodet in a motor home for six nights at the end of our 12 night road trip around Brittany in mid August. Camping Du Letty is a four-star family friendly campsite located directly on a beach. It literally has EVERY facility you can possibly need for a family camping/touring holiday. We absolutely loved it and are already planning a return visit!
Review Camping Du Letty, Bénodet: What we loved about the campsite
Facilities at Camping Du Letty – I’ll start by saying I’m not sure why this campsite is listed as a four star because it should certainly be classed as a five-star site. As I’ve said above it has every facility any family could possibly want or need from a campsite including heated indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, lazy river, kids water play area, bar with evening entertainment (karaoke nights, foam nights, kids mini disco, local traditional dancers) free daytime kids clubs, water sports hire, library, excursion booking desk, well stocked campsite shop (with the most delicious bread and croissants you will ever taste!) . . . I could go on and on.
We were also very impressed with the camping/touring facilities which were well thought out and well maintained too. We were placed in a great spot near the pool complex and with the beach a short stride away. To the side of our pitch, but behind a big hedge so it was also nicely hidden away, was a shower block with washing facilities, laundry facilities, an ironing room (I didn’t use it and I think anyone who does on a camping holiday is mad!), baby room with bathing area etc. Many of the showers were new this summer and because they were mixed gender private cubicles we never experienced having to queue to use the facilities. (I normally find that the ladies have a huge wait whilst the mens never do!)
First impressions – We arrived late at night and were shown to our pitch in the dark by a helpful security guy. Our first impressions were of teenagers hanging around outside the campsite bar and I did question whether it was going to the right campsite for us but we didn’t see them again much during the rest of our stay. The tourist board had booked us in for three nights and we were yet to decide where to go for our final three nights in Brittany. After having a quick look around in the morning we decided that we wouldn’t be able to find a better campsite and so extended our stay for an extra three nights. (My parents then extended for a further few nights when my boys and I left to fly to Italy as they were enjoying it so much).
I’ll be honest, I almost don’t want to review and help promote this campsite because it’s already so popular and I want us to be able to return in the future!
Evening entertainment – We were often so exhausted from a day at the beach or exploring local attractions that we usually just cooked and enjoyed our dinner in the awning of our motor home. We did however pop along to the kids disco in the (huge) bar one evening and another evening we popped down to watch the local dancers performing a traditional folk dance routine. I also called by to watch the foam party one evening which was a huge hit with the teens. We found that most things started around 9.30pm which was too late for my boys who were tucked up in bed but this point but most of the evening entertainment was geared towards older children anyway.
Dining at Camping Du Letty – The takeaway shop offered a variety of food from pizzas to pasta, croque monsieur, salad, cooked chickens and desserts. We ordered pizza and frites one night and had them in the bar terrace area overlooking the pool. They advertise for guests to do this so that they can enjoy eating at a reasonable price whilst drinking from the bar. (It’s a great idea to be honest and I wish more campsites offered the same).
Beach at Camping Du Letty – The beach is absolutely stunning and as it’s an estuary it’s also really unique and interesting to explore.
My boys loved exploring the rock pools and spent hours searching for crabs and sailing water snails on a toy boat from one rock to another… (I kid you not!) They also enjoyed kayaking in an inflatable kayak we took with us, playing on body boards and wading across to “their island” on the other side of the estuary. They collected lots of large crabs and star fish… it sure beat a visit to an aquarium!
Nearby attractions – We enjoyed a stunning coastal walk from Camping Du Letty to Bénodet, which was approx. 20 minutes with kids. The promenade and beach in Bénodet are spectacular and well worth a visit.
We visited for the weekly market and purchased lunch from the many stalls. The local cheeses, macaroons, wine, fruit and roasted meats were delicious. You do need to be aware of prices though. One stall owner attempted to charge me 7€ 80 cents for a punnet of strawberries. Needless to say I resisted and bought other fruit instead!
Picturesque Bénodet is a decent size town with banks, post office, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours etc. On the beach itself there is an inflatable park and kids club called the Mickey Mouse Club. There is a tourist train that travels up and down the prom in Bénodet which is perfect for little legs!
Review Camping Du Letty, Bénodet: Things to keep in mind
Word of warning regarding swim wear… The campsite management are very strict about gents wearing speedo type lycra shorts to swim in the pool complex. This is fairly common in Europe however I did question it at the reception as my dad was mortified at the idea of wearing anything other than knee-length board shorts! The reception staff explained that they aim to keep beach shorts and sand etc out of the swimming area so that they only need to add the minimal amount of chlorine to the pool. This of course is much better for the health of all bathers.
I’ll admit I found it rather amusing watching British guys entering the pool area. They would enter with a towel wrapped around them which they would whip off to reveal small lycra pants underneath before quickly plunging into the pool! (Just in case you are wondering… They do sell lycra shorts for men in the on site shop for 15 Euros).
Word of warning regarding beach safety… The tidal flow is very quick. We were amazed how many times we had to move our towels and belongings up and down the beach throughout the day. We once crossed over to the other side of the estuary in knee depth water to fly our kite. It felt like only 20 minutes later we were coming back and my eldest had water up to his shoulders and beyond in some spots. There are no lifeguards on duty on this beach but lots of people out boating, paddle boarding, snorkelling, windsurfing. You definitely need to keep an eye on children playing here and it’s worth packing life jackets for non or weak swimmers.
Word of warning regarding teenagers – As you would expect from such a well equipped campsite, Camping Du Letty attracts families with kids of all ages. You do hear teenagers in the evenings saying their loud goodbyes to new friends as they make their way back to their individual pitches after a night of hanging around outside the campsite bar. The noise didn’t bother us to be honest but if you are looking for a quiet campsite this may not be the best choice for you.
Downsides of it being a popular campsite – Our only complaint about the pool complex was that it was always difficult to get a sun lounger. They do however allow you to take in your own camping chairs, which we did that on a couple of occasions. As the campsite is only open for 2 1/2 months a year it is incredibly popular. We spoke to many other guests who had stayed there several times before, which is always a good sign of a well run site. One couple we spoke to had stayed for the last 30 years! Everyone we spoke to gave the same advice – Reserve pitches as soon as bookings open in 2018.
Review Camping Du Letty, Bénodet: Summary
As I’m sure you can tell from my rather gushy review, we absolutely adored Camping Du Letty and plan to return next summer. I just keep my fingers crossed that there is availability as plenty of other families clearly love this campsite too!
Details – Camping Du Letty website. Address – Chemin de Creisanguer, 29950 Bénodet
Disclosure – We stayed as guests of Camping Du Letty via Brittany Tourism for three nights. We paid for the extra three nights as we couldn’t bear to leave and go elsewhere! All opinions are, as always, my own.
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