Le Balcon de la Baie

Europe France Brittany Ille-et-Vilaine

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
Quiet woodland camping with sea views over Mont Saint-Michel Bay

For many-a-year, British holidaymakers have flocked across the English Channel to holiday in Brittany, and for those of us planning to spend our French vacation under canvas, there is no shortage of campsites to choose from. Few though can boast pitches that come complete with stunning sea views like this.

Nestled amongst woodland close to the Brittany-Normandy border lies Le Balcon de La Baie. This small, peaceful campsite promises a warm welcome and a picture-postcard setting with views over the beautiful Mont Saint-Michel Bay. The pitches are generously sized and broken up by shrubs and trees which gives you a bit more personal space, as well as offering some shade on a hot summer's day. The grounds are well maintained with pretty flower bushes, trees and plenty of grass, but not overly manicured. Early risers will be rewarded with the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked croissants as the local baker arrives with his daily delivery of bread and pastries.

Facilities cover all the essentials and there are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained, with a playground for little ones, a games room, plus plenty of open green space for a game of badminton or pétanque. Or you can while away the time relaxing around (or cooling off in, as may well be the case) the heated swimming pool, which is connected to a shallower, child-friendly paddling pool.

There's plenty to explore off-site too in this historic area. The iconic island commune of Mont St-Michel is 25 minutes in one direction while the ancient walled port city of Saint-Malo is a similar distance the other way. For a day at the beach, the numerous sandy stretches of northern Brittany are close by, including the genteel resort of Dinard, a favourite haunt of British visitors since the 19th century.

As evening approaches we recommend you head back to camp, crack open a cold beer or pour yourself a Pernod, and enjoy the sun setting over the sparkling waters of the bay beyond.



Showers, WCs, baby bath, laundry, washing up facilities. Heated swimming pool and paddling pool. Playground, table tennis, petanque, volleyball and badminton. A games room with table football, pinball and snooker.

Suitable For

Campers, tourers, motorhomes, dogs (on leads), groups – yes.


The campsite is well situated for exploring the historic sights of Normandy and northern Brittany. The surrounding area includes the iconic island commune of Mont Saint-Michel (0033 2 3360 1430), the ancient walled city of Saint-Malo where you can see numerous WWII bunkers, the picturesque fishing port of Cancale and the cathedral town of Dol de Bretagne. Slightly further afield but well worth a visit is the fairytale castle of Fougeres with turrets and towers aplenty. The popular seaside resort of Dinard lies to the west.

Food & Drink

A baker delivers fresh bread and pastries daily to the campsite and in high season other fresh produce is available to buy. A short walk away lies Le Bistrot Du Telegraphe (0033 2 9980 3020) with delicious crepes, galettes and a warm welcome. Also down the road is the popular Oystercatcher (0033 2 9980 2956) which offers excellent quality pub food, with a few card tricks thrown in. In the nearby town of Saint-Boladre is Restaurant Le Point G (0033 2 9980 3041) a small restaurant popular with locals dishing up good quality French cuisine.

Opening Times

April - October.


Contact Le Balcon de la Baie, Camping le Balcon de la Baie, Le Verger 35 120 Saint Marcan, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

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Getting There

Turn off the N175 at Pontorson and continue along the D797.


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