Camping Des Menhirs****
Camping des Menhirs, less than 500m from the protected waters of a sandy south facing beach, with fabulous views across the bay to Quiberon in the distance. This is the Grande Plage – the perfect spot for swimming, water sports, and lots of action, in the chic part of town, and only a stone’s throw from the Yacht Club. Nearby there are quieter beaches or alternatively Saint Colomban beach which is a popular haunt for windsurfers.
The shops, bars, bistros, and restaurants of the lively Carnac resort are just a 10 minute walk away from the campsite. It is vibrant during the evenings, shops stay open late and the choice of where to eat is endless.
Camping des Menhirs**** is a good, family run campsite. The outdoor swimming pool has two water slides and a children’s paddling pool. The inside pool is very modern, and again has a children’s paddling pool. The bar looks onto the swimming pool and buzzes with life – a favourite meeting place before strolling into town to join the promenaders and choose where to eat in the evenings. The Campsite’s cooked meals service provides reasonably priced meals to eat at your mobile home if you are not going out. This is a grassed site, interspersed with hedges and trees which give welcome shade on hot, sunny, afternoons. Many of our families return to this campsite year after year – they love being able to walk to the beach or into Town without needing to drive somewhere to find a lively atmosphere.
Places to visit nearby: The Standing Stones
Carnac is of course famous for its standing stones – the Neolithic exhibition at the Museum has one of the finest prehistoric collections in Europe and the visitor centre has lots of information. The megalithic site at Carnac has around 3,000 menhirs (standing stones) over an area of nearly 100 acres – over 2 miles in length. This area really is worth exploring.
The Olde Worlde port of St. Goustan
This charming little port, with its granite quay and cobblestones, lined with half-timbered houses, is a real gem. In the sixteenth century, it was one of the three major ports of southern Brittany with Hennebont and Quimperlé. Bustling in its time, the port is now a peaceful place to explore or have lunch and is lively in the evening, when the street cafes and restaurants are filled with people taking in the charm of the port brightly lit at night.
The Golfe de Morbihan
This is an immense bay dotted with numerous islands. On a sunny day it is stunning and in the evenings it glows with twinkling lights. Do find time to visit, take a boat trip round the bay and in between the islands or take a ferry to visit one or more of the islands – they are so close to each other you could visit several.
Pont Scorf Zoo
This zoo has over 600 animals - 120 different species. Giraffes, elephants, leopards, rhinos, monkeys, or majestic white lions, as well as sea lions, parrots and seabirds. If you want a day away from the beach with plenty for children to see, it is well worth a visit – about an hour’s drive from Carnac.
Why not take a tour of the famous Standing Stones of Carnac with the video clip below: