Camping du Letty
Beach holidays have one small problem. After you’ve splashed about in the shallows and lounged about on the beach for a few hours, getting sandy, salty and suntanned, you really don’t feel like changing out of your swimwear and stepping into a car that’s also been gently roasting for a few hours. The answer is to stay as close to the sea as possible, and Camping du Letty is the perfect solution, enabling you to stroll to the showers before ambling back to your pitch refreshed and ready for action. Or inaction if you prefer – Camping du Letty is an excellent place to do nothing. However, as in many of the other larger coastal sites, there’s also plenty happening on site if that’s what you’re after – with bars, a disco, restaurants and entertainment, and a swimming pool and aquapark, complete with slides and a retractable roof.
Yet campers can have a lovely, peaceful holiday here if they wish. A short distance along the corniche from the shops and restaurants of the summer resort of Bénodet, the site is run by two generations of the Le Guyader family. Marc and his parents have their work cut out – the site is spread over 25 acres and has around about 550 pitches – but their enthusiasm and commitment are plain to see, and what’s more the site has been established for decades, so the shade-giving trees are mature and the abundant hedges give each bit of the site a real sense of seclusion. In fact it’s surprisingly easy to forget that you’re in the midst of the biggest tentopolis along this stretch of coast.
The campsite abuts Plage du Groasguan, a strip of golden sand along a slinky lagoon at the mouth of the River Odet. Across the placid water the Dunes Dominiales de Mousterlin stretch away, into a sandy horizon that blocks out the sea’s swell. The result is a choice between a backwater that’s ideal for paddling while parents can comfortably lie back on the shore, or a real beach and bigger waves just a short hike away from the site, where the beach is overlooked by a lighthouse that winks flirtatiously at every passing vessel after dark.
As you stroll along the shore, past the colourful art-deco changing rooms, and then further along Plage du Trez and around Pointe du Coq, you’ll be getting closer to the old port of Bénodet, where you can buy seafood so fresh that it may still be flapping about – perfect to fry up back at the campsite in a butter and white wine sauce. Indeed freshly-caught fish is just another reason to enjoy being right beside the seaside.
It’s a 4-star site with masses of services and facilities, including 6 wash-blocks around the site – one even has a shower for dogs. They charge €0.60 for showers, though. There’s also a well-equipped salle du musculation (gym), a kids’ club, a library, free wi-fi, an épicerie (mini-market; sells cold meats, too), squash and tennis courts, volleyball and archery areas, sauna and massage rooms, and even a salon for girls to do their hair and make-up before going out (it’s usually girls, but no doubt everybody’s welcome). New swimming pool coming in 2011. Takeaway food, from pizzas to main meals, is available every lunchtime and evening. Canoe and kayak hire and water sports on the beach. Motorhome service point. No campfires, but BBQs okay.
Suitable ForTents, campervans, caravans, and dogs (on leads), large groups and young groups by arrangement – yes (but everybody must keep quiet after 10pm).
NearbyWhy go off site? Only kidding. There are plenty of great cycle or canoe rides around the nature reserve and waterways adjacent to the site. Bénodet has more beaches, the grande promenade along the corniche, ferry trips across the River Odet to Ste Marine or upriver to the impressive medieval centre and double-steepled cathedral of Quimper, ancient capital of La Cornouaille (Cornwall). In the other (easterly) direction, the fishing port and resort of Concarneau, complete with its remarkable rampart-enclosed fortress island, Ville Close, lies along the coast, with the artist-favoured Pont-Aven further beyond, around 21 miles (35 km) away.
Food & Drink
The Monday-morning market in Bénodet (or Wednesday in Ste Marine), or the Champion supermarket, may tempt you off site. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along Bénodet’s seafront, but if you’re looking for a more refined atmosphere head for the restaurant at the Grand Hotel l’Abbatiale (00 33 2 98 66 21 66) at the old port, which specialises in the day’s catch (menus from €22) in a room that is smart without being stuffy. Alternatively, arrive early and you may decide to buy your own fresh fish at the shop around the side of the hotel to fry by the seashore.
Opening TimesMid June–early September.
The Owner Says
Seaside camping on the Brittany coast: Camping du Letty, Campsite in Brittany, close to Roscoff and St Malo.
Camping at its best. This is the aim of Le letty, a four star campsite located in Benodet in Brittany. You will be in the heart of a traditionnal campsite where tents and caravans are more than welcome.
At Le Letty Camping, you’ll benefit from a direct access to the beach, on the Atlantic ocean close to Glénan Islands. You can admire the sea view from your deckchair.
In order to preserve the true spirit of camping, as well as the charm of the Brittany coast, camping Le Letty decided to be a campsite without mobile home, you will be hosted on a camping pitch under your tent, in your caravan or camper.
Discover the water park, Aquatropic. It counts an heated pool of 600 m2 and several waterslides, one of those is a multi-slides, and a jacuzzi. Toddlers will appreciate the bigpaddling pool with a tiny water slide and a waterfall.
Camping du Letty, 32 rue du Canvez, 29950 Bénodet, Finistere, Brittany, France
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