We stayed at Nantes Camping in a motor home for three nights at the start of our 12 night road trip around Brittany in mid August. Nantes Camping is a five-star campsite located just 25 minutes drive from Nantes Atlantique Airport and a short ten minute drive from the city centre of Nantes.
Review Nantes Camping: What we loved about the campsite
The location of Nantes Camping is perfect for exploring Nantes city centre and all of its attractions including Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, The Machines de l’île and the village of Trentemoult. (Click here to read how we spent our 48 hours in Nantes). Conveniently located just outside of the campsite gates are the bus and tram stops to ride into Nantes using public transportation.
As you would expect from a five-star campsite there are lots of facilities on site. We were too busy exploring the local area to have time to enjoy using the swimming pool and ice skating rink however we did dine in the on site restaurant (the pizza which cost 10 euros was delicious), we played mini golf and we attended the on site small food and drink festival to try the local wines and cheeses.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful, some spoke good English but even with our limited French-speaking skills we were able to make ourselves understood.
We were very impressed with the clean shower blocks and exceptionally large shower cubicles with sink and dressing area. (This did however mean there was a short queue for showers in the morning as people tended to be each cubical for 15+ mins).
We were allocated a hard standing motor home pitch with its own electricity and water supply. When we had our awning up there wasn’t much space to walk around the sides of the van but out the back of the motor home we had adequate space to dine outside and for my boys to play up the mud banks, collecting sticks. We loved the fact that our pitch had lots of shade from trees which seemed fairly standard across the campsite.
Review Nantes Campsite: Things to keep in mind
We didn’t feel that the website did this campsite justice (edited Jan 2018 – website has been updated and now looks amazing!) so if you’re looking at the website thinking it looks a little basic read a few more reviews on Trip Advisor before making your decision. We were very impressed with this campsite and would definitely stay there again for future visits to Nantes.
The on site shop is the only area that we felt was a bit of a let down. For the size of the campsite (63 cottages, 84 pitches for tents/caravans/motor homes) the shop had a very limited amount of food and drink on sale. There is a local grocery nearby however, because it was August, (and the nearby university was closed and so therefore no students around) the shop was closed for the duration of our stay and for the whole summer I believe. My parents who had set up their motorhome awning prior to realising the local grocery shop was shut shopped at a nearby petrol station on a couple of occasions to avoid having to move their motorhome. I would therefore recommend doing a shop at a large hypermarket prior to staying at Nantes Camping if you intend to self cater.
We were also surprised that the mini golf course was not included in the cost of staying at the campsite and felt it was quite expensive for what it was. Adults 8€ per game, 6€ for children under 10 and family price (2 children + 2 adults) 22€. Fortunately we realised that it was included in the Nantes Pass which we had as I did not feel it was worth 30€ for 3 adults and 2 children.
Review Nantes Camping: Summary
We wouldn’t hesitate in staying at this campsite again for future visits to Nantes and would stay longer next time to have time to enjoy more of the facilities on site as well as the attractions in Nantes itself.
Details – Nantes Camping website. Address: 21 boulevard du Petit Port, 44300 Nantes
Disclosure – We visited Nantes as guests of Nantes tourist board. All opinions are, as always, my own.
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