Pénestin, a charming town on the French Atlantic coast
Located on the southern end of the Brittany region, Pénestin is a charming little town for a beach vacation. I came here as a last minute break and managed to book up a campsite (more on that later on) with no problems during July 2020 (just when travel was opening up after the Covid-19 scare). A several hour drive from Calais in the north of the country, the long drive was certainly worth it. I didn’t know too much about the area, my plan was to have a family vacation where we chilled out on the beach, or use the swimming pool a lot in the campsite, however that never goes to plan and we always go out and check the local area.
Let’s start off with the highlight. Those Golden Cliffs! I have never seen anything like this on my travels. The cliffs of Mine d’Or on the longest beach in the area are stunning. They are best to be seen on a clear sunny day when the sun is setting over the ocean during the summer months. We checked out the beach for a while, they are wide and sandy when the tide is out. However a lot of locals don’t come here to sunbathe, they like to go and collect the mussels (& maybe some other food fresh from the water) for their dinner. Further north from here there are a lot of stakes sticking out of the sea (which can be seen clearly during low tide), this is where a lot of mussels are grown.
For accommodation I noticed Pénestin has more campsites than hotels. However with the current situation, we wanted to stay in a mobile home (which is really ideal when you have children, believe me). We stayed at Camping Les Parcs which is located on the eastern side of the town (when driving, it’s on the left hand side 300 meters before reaching the first roundabout in the town). The campsite has a variety of accommodations from mobile homes or pitches for visitors who want to bring their own motorhomes, caravans and tents. I paid for the top of the range mobile home (which was actually a great price for us as we were working off a budget) and got a modern home which must have been recently placed here. Our accommodation had parking spaces for two vehicles, an outdoor terrace with table and chairs with an airer, and inside had two bedrooms, en suite washroom, a lounge area with television, dining area and a kitchen with all the essentials we needed. The campsite itself had a reception area (which has a delivery of pastries and baguettes delivered every morning), bar, swimming pool, playground and all the washing facilities needed for anyone camping. Check out their site here for rates and information if thinking of staying here. We highly recommend it and the staff were so warm and welcoming. Couldn’t fault them and if I am back in the area, we would stay here again. (Tip, if anyone needs a supermarket, there is a Carrefour about a five minute walk away).