We had a lovely stay at this campsite, once we got over the initial shock that Eurocamp had not expected us! But all was sorted and we were able to get on with our holiday! We did a lot of walking around Carantec which is a lovely holiday town. We visited the interesting tidal island of Île Callot just off Carantec.
We also visited Roscoff a few times and we took a boat trip from Roscoff to the island of Ile de Batz with its white sand beaches.
Les Mouettes is a five star campsite or holiday parc in a fabulous setting with sea views overlooking a bay. There is a great pool complex with waterslides, a "Lazy River" , spa and a covered pool. It an ideal campsite for families as the pool is not particularly deep and offers water flumes and a lazy river. There is also a toddler water play area in the indoor pool.
The campsite has a small supermarket and a campsite restaurant.
Carantec is a lovely small town, offering a weekly market as well as shops, creperies and restaurants. There is also a supermarket about 500 km from the campsite. It would be possible to walk to the supermarket if you dont have a car. During French school holiday time (early July to end of August) a free holiday bus service operates around Carantec. The site is only 17 km from the Roscoff ferry port.
This lovely coastal campsite is 1.5 km from the main beaches of Carantec, although there is a beach directly outside the campsite, but it is not a white sand beach, its more sand mixed with gravel but still nice for an evening stroll. You can see the beach outside the campsite in the photo below.
The Les Mouettes campsite at Carantec is one of the best French campsites we have stayed in and has a holiday seaside feel to it as well as a feeling of peace and spaciousness. Although it is a fairly large site, because of the hedges and trees onsite, you typically can only see at most about eight other caravans. There is a mini golf course or you could visit the 18 hole golf course at nearby Carantec.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
If you are arriving at Morlaix Station by SNCF and wish to hire a bike to reach the campsite, you may find some useful information here and also you will find information on bus and train services and the free Navette tourist bus. clicking here.
The beach at Carantec, Plage du Kelenn is a 1.5 km walk from the campsite. There are watersports including a sailing school there (http://www.carantec-nautisme.com/base-nautique). Carantec itself has shops and restaurants.There is a free bus service around the town during French school holiday time ie early July to late August.
Click here to find out more about the Coastal path - http://www.wmaker.net
This coastal walk stretches all the way round the coast of Brittany, but the section that goes around Carantec is well worth walking (see photograph above). It takes you past the best beach in Carantec as well as past some other beaches and cliff sections with some lovely views of the coast around Carantec. You can see some dream holiday houses as well! At one point, you will see views of the Chateau Taureau - a castle on an island and you will also walk past the Prat Ar-Coum, award winning Oyster sellers - a must visit shop if you enjoy cooking and eating seafood.
An interesting expedition about 1 km from the campsite is to walk or cycle onto Ile Caillot. This is an island which is cut off by the sea, except for 2 to 3 hours at low tide when it is possible to reach it via a causeway. However the main causeway is only uncovered for 2 hours so its important to check tide times very carefully or else join an organised excursion. We took bikes over and I would recommend that as it gives you ample time to cycle to the end of the island and back.
The nearest larger town. There is a supermarket here as well as a cathedral and numerous shops as well as a weekly market. If you enjoy books then visit the lovely "Livres in Room" bookshop which has a lovely tea room and garden seating area. It offers a good range of reference books, childrens books as well as an English book section and some lovely stationery.
Roscoff is 17 kms from the campsite and has numerous shops and restaurants. You can take a Petit Train around Roscoff and St Pol de Leon. If you are interested in history, you can look for the plaque for the embarkation of the young Marie Stuart (better known in the UK as Mary Queen of Scots), who landed at Roscoff from Scotland at the age of 6. There is a restaurant in Roscoff which is named after her and in which we had a lovely meal. Here are tide times for Roscoff port.
This island, just off Roscoff, can be visited on a boat trip. The old harbour at Roscoff is where you can take a ferry to the Ile de Batz, which is a great excursion. The crossing takes approximately 10 minutes and once you are on the island you can walk round it or hire a bike to explore it.
There are some lovely beaches and there are also some creperies and cafes on the island for refreshments!
This town is about 20 km from the campsite. It is set on a river and you will see a viaduct in the town centre.
It is possible to walk along the viaduct (not the very top but at a lower level !) and this gives you a good view of the town. The town itself has many quaint older buildings and numerous shops and alleyways to explore.
Photographs from a patisserie in Morlaix - just to tempt you !
This village is set on a lake, where you can hire boats (except on Mondays when we visited !). There is even a James Bond style boat to hire, so if you've always fancied yourself as a bit of a James Bond then this is the place to go ! Although I think the James Bond boat might be a boat for children to hire- before you get get your hopes up of being the next OO7!
One of the most interesting features in Huelgoat is a large area of rocks which were deposited by a glacier in the ice age. You can walk under some of them (see photograph). There is even one which you can move, called the Trembling Rock (la Roche Tremblant). Be very careful as you explore this site as there are quite a few drops and in fact probably the most dangerous section is right as you enter the area, so keep children right next to you if you decide to visit this. No doubt this area would be fairly interesting to anyone interested in geology.
You can also continue along on a forest walk and you can see a memorial to three members of the French Resistance who were shot here during World War II.
You can find an interactive map of the tourist highlights of this area, by clicking here..