Camping & mobile home holidays near Quiberon, southern Brittany
Why should someone waste their time writing a bad report for a travel website about a camping holiday resort? The answer to that is because we have been there and hated the experience. We are telling this as it is because it is in your best interests to know what your money is buying in terms of a “peaceful” holiday. It is far from being peaceful, in fact it is grossly noisy, mainly due to the private aerodrome which is mixed in between the camping sites.
To be fair, Quiberon has some good points, especially when you awake the first morning and see the beautiful bay of Quiberon, whether the tide is in or out. More of the plus points further down the page though.
Please read on and make up your own mind about this place as a camping resort – it isn’t all bad by any means but enough of it is for me never to return.
Most of the Quiberon peninsular is a dump - there is no other way of describing it, though we must exclude from that Quiberon town and Port Haliguen which is truly exquisite.
The bad bits
One of the saddest things about Quiberon is that slap bang in the middle of all the camping sites is a private aerodrome from which small aircraft take off and land from early in the morning until 8 or 9 pm at night.
Now that wouldn’t be so bad if people were told about it before they spend their hard earned money, but have you ever seen mention of an aerodrome at the end of the Quiberon peninsular where all the camping sites are? Neither have we. However, if you have read about this aerodrome in a paper brochure or online we would be grateful if you could let us know about it please?
Our experience was in the summer of 2010 when we stayed at the du Conguel campsite having booked through Matthews Holidays. The mobile home we were booked into looked older and more knackered than me and I was 63 years old that summer.
Weeds were all around our pitch but the Matthews Rep said that it was the duty of the site owners to weed the pitches, not his, so we did it for them – in a few minutes. Even the idle Matthews Rep said that our mobile, and the other 5 in our row, really should have been scrapped years before but the company was too mean to replace them.
Here we have to be honest once more and say that at the far end of the camping site from where we were sited Matthews did have some what appeared to be new mobile homes, but they were only the smaller models.
The noise from the aerodrome started every morning at about 8.30 am - unexpectedly the first time, and to be perfectly honest I thought France had declared war on campers! It isn’t a sound preferred by those who like to sleep off last night’s wine.
That wasn’t the whole problem though because this aerodrome must have at least a dozen planes which take off full of parachutists, dump them some way off out to sea so they can float back to earth in the drome. Sadly, none of these pillocks were blown off course.
In reality the noise never ceases because when one plane takes off another one lands, and so on through the day and well into the evening.
OK, now for the plus side. Camping du Conguel was spotless and well run apart from their turning a blind eye to very drunken French youths shouting and screaming until the early hours. Nothing was done about them even after many complaints by a host of different campers. One wonders what they would have done had the youths been Brits.
The bay across the road from our site was, and still is, spectacular and the sea is clean as a whistle.
A couple of miles away from the camping areas on is Quiberon town itself, and a lovely little town it is too, with upmarket tourist shops at sea level rising up the hill to the town square where lies the Post Office and the usual sort of shops you have anywhere. It is all pristine clean.
The other good part of Quiberon is called Port Haliguen which is not a camping resort at all, but it has the most beautiful houses of anywhere I have seen in France or most other places for that matter. All these houses are different but really you have to see them in situ to appreciate their beauty.
So, Quiberon as a camping holiday resort? It may well suit couples with young families but it too boring for most families I would have thought.
The best part of Quiberon for me? Undoubtedly this has to be the D768 road off the peninsular. No error!