Camping in France: The Magic of Brittany’s Beaches

When people think of vacationing in France, they might think of the busy streets of Paris of quiet country villas. The country has so much more to offer, though, and the island of Brittany has some of the best beaches in the world. Whether making a day of relaxing on the beach or hiking and camping along the shore, these five beaches are stunning and unique vacation destinations for the whole family.

1.) Cancale

Situated on the northern coast of Brittany and with a stunning view across Mont Saint Michael bay, this beach is equally famous for its restaurants and resorts as for its oysters. Numerous restaurants and food stands dot the coast, selling fresh seafood of all kinds procured by local fishermen.

2.) Saint Malo

Home to the ferry terminal on the north coast, Saint Malo combines a historical walled city with a beautiful long stretch of beach. The walled port has stood since the Middle Ages, and visitors with a love for history will delight in the museums, chateaus, tombs and more. If you’d like to stop for a bite to eat, Saint Malo is also widely known as the city with the largest number of bite restaurants in the world.

3.) Lancieux

A combination of lifeguards, ice cream stands, mini golf, play clubs and wind-surfing make this a fun family destination. This commune is located on the Emerald Coast, which is a popular destination for bicycle tours and the lush Breton countryside is excellent for backpacking and day hikes.

4.) Dinard

With a Victorian heritage and a long history of attracting celebrities, Dinard is a popular tourist attraction and stunning vacation spot. The nearby village sports a large covered market and numerous tourist shops. Located on the Emerald Coast, Dinard is home to multiple exclusive hotels and resorts; tourists may catch a glimpse of vacationing movie stars.

5.) La Briantais

 Unspoiled and secluded, this beach is a protected nature reserve. Hikers can travel along the cliffs to visit neighboring Lancieux. The 67-mile park dates back to the 17th century, and the area has remained largely untouched. It offers a beautiful glimpse of local flora and fauna and is located just a few miles from exclusive resorts and popular beaches.

Whether hiking the Breton countryside, cycling along the Emerald Coast or simply enjoying a lazy day of sand castles and mini golf, the beaches of Brittany have something to offer to everyone.


This article was published on behalf of Al Fresco Holidays

photo by: nick.butcher

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One Response to “Camping in France: The Magic of Brittany’s Beaches”

  1. Great round up! They all look good together~

    June 7, 2012 at 8:08 am Reply

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