We had a fabulous stay at Le Ranolien campsite - it is definitely one of the best French campsites we've stayed at. We had taken the dog and the kids were a bit older so we did tons of walking. The campsite is well situated as its right on the Brittany coastal path so you can walk from here to the holiday town of Perros Guirec (see below) with its stunning wide sandy beach, boat trips and restaurants along the beach and to the left you can find the more relaxed village of Ploumanac'h with its lovely cove for swimming amd sandy beach.
This is a campsite that would suit families of all ages, couples or young people. With great facilities and situated on the famous "pink granite" coast.
The pink granite coast features numerous mounds of rocks which are fascinating to both geologists or just to a holidaymaker. The rocks have weathered into these magnificent shapes over millions of years. There are paths through the area and it is fascinating to walk through it for an evening stroll and see it appearning differently depending on the weather or time of day. Other interesting things to spot on the coastal walk from the campsite include a house which was requisitioned as a German HQ during World War II and you can still see bullet holes on its walls, presumably from Allied planes coming in to attack.
The campsite has a pool with flumes and has an excellent bar and restaurants. It has a shop and playparks and sports grounds.
There is a crazy golf course which has been made from the pink granite rocks and features some unusual holes.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
The local small town of Perros Guirec features beaches, shops, restaurants, including beachside cafes and restaurants.
There are watersports and boat trips from Perros Guirec to the Les Sept Iles islands where you can see a variety of birds, including gannets and puffins. The white colouration on the rocks in this photograph are in fact hundreds of gannets nesting ! As we got closer they were circling above the boat - wonderful if you had a good camera which we didnt !
There is a weekly market in Perros Guirec and a craft market takes place along the beachside in summer months.
There is also a miniature port where children can hire a miniature full size ferry boat or fishing boat !
The local small town of Tregastel is almost within walking distance although most people may prefer to jump in their cars to get there a bit quicker.
There is a fantastic beach, restaurants and cafes and a fascinating aquarium which features only those sea creatures which you will see in the local seas around Brittany.
For example, this is a Seiche!
We thought it looked like a Dr Who monster ...is it an oud ?
GR 34 - The Breton coastal footpathhttp://www.wmaker.net/opcc/gr34/
If walking out of the campsite and turning left then about 20 minutes along the coastal path you will reach the village of Ploumanac'h. It has a shop, ice cream shop and a few hotels and restaurants. The beach is lovely for swimming as its more of a cove.