Le Ty Nadan
Quimperlé is not behind the times though, its cluster of independent eateries see to that, and its handy location gives it extra life in summertime when tourists swing by on their way to the seaside (or the larger, confusingly named town of Quimper). It’s this modern, tourist vibe that Camping Le Ty Nadan is very much a part of, the newer, shinier side of the region that positively bounces with energy and intertwines itself with the calm and quiet of abbeys, churches and ancient monuments.
Just over 10 minutes from the charming, two tiered town, Camping Le Ty Nadan is a campsite that packs a punch. In fact it packs pretty much everything you can think of. Swimming pools, waterslides, high-wire adventure parks, indoor sports courts and outdoor playgrounds – it’s a hive of activity and an ideal spot for families looking for some added fun for the kids. As you’d expect it can all get a little noisy at times, but book early and grab a spot by the riverside where campers can still enjoy the rewards of a beautiful setting and the privacy that the mature vegetation provides. For the best of the river, join one of the three-hour canoe trips that glide peacefully down the Ellé – you can even shoot the local weir, the big boy’s version of the waterslides back at camp.
It can actually take an effort to leave Camping Le Ty Nadan. With so much at the campsite you could easily do something new every day without ever straying beyond reception. But to dip your toe into real French culture it's best to leave your pitch and explore the less artificial wonders this spot affords. It’s a 20-minute journey to the coast, peppered with sandy beaches and scenic river estuaries. They make it a great place for sampling the seafood and scallops are the local nosh of choice. For the best of them head to the busy fishing port of Concarneau in August and join the Fête des Filets bleus (blue fishing nets festival), a colourful arts and music festival that also draws out some of the best food the town can produce – a tasty combination.
FacilitiesThe real questions is, what's not onsite? The heated toilet block has everything you'd expect plus baby changing facilities, 6 baby baths and separate disabled facilities. Wi-Fi is available everywhere (€2 per hour). There are play areas, outdoor and indoor swimming pool complexes with baby pools and flumes, 3 table tennis tables, bouncy castle, football pitch, volley and basketball, beach volleyball, badminton courts, boules, entertainment, children’s club and disco. Segway rental (€18–€20 for half an hour), horse riding (€11-€25), climbing (€15 per hour) and other activities are also available at an additional cost. No campfires but BBQs permitted (for a fee).
Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes, families, groups and pets – yes.
NearbyThe coast is 20 minutes away and the campsite runs a handy shuttle service so you can leave the car behind. Enjoy the famous sandy beaches or head to rockier coves and harbour towns. France's third fishing port, Concarneau is particularly well known for its famous 14th-century walled city and it's worth popping into the Musée de la Pêche (0033 298 971 020), which offers a fascinating insight into the fishing industry and nautical culture. Inland nearby Quimperlé, situated at the crossroads of the Isole, Ellé and Laïta valleys, is a picturesque little town with small medieval streets. The Upper and Lower Town have old houses with corbels, a unique Basilica (0033 298 538 406), the "Maison des Archers" (0033 298 390 663) and Saint Croix Abbey.
Food & DrinkThere is a grocery shop, bar, restaurant/pizzeria and takeaway onsite. Between them is a range of decent fare. If you want to head elsewhere, Quimperlé has a few good options. Le Bistro de la Tour (0033 029 839 2958) is a popular pick, though its menu is fairly limited. Alternatively, Crêperie Ty Gwechall (0033 029 896 3063) will sort you out with something a little lighter, its diverse choice of traditional Breton crêpes is spot on. Place Saint-Michel has always been an important centre point for life in Quimperlé, and centuries on still hosts the local market every Friday from 8am–4pm.
May to early September.
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Contact Le Ty Nadan, Camping Le Ty Nadan, Route d'Arzano, 29310 Locunolé, Finistere, France
Lorient Airport - 25km
Quimperlé Train Station - 10km
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