Camping L'Anse du Brick

Europe France Normandy Manche

A beautiful seafront campsite on the Normandy coast, with plenty more to offer than just its ferry-friendly location

With a location to die for, it could be easy for this campsite to sit back and watch the punters roll in, barely lifting a finger. Just 15 minutes from the international port of Cherbourg, Camping L’Anse du Brick could simply be full of ferry-bound stopovers looking for a one-night pit stop and a few hours of shuteye. The Patrizi family, it seems, are not ones to rest on their laurels however. And since its founding in 1968 this place has done nothing but improve, crafting itself into a destination in its own right; a campsite for holidays and not just another port-side service station.

A former quarry, once running stone to the industrial ships, the green landscaped slope of Camping L’Anse du Brick is now a campsite abundant in offerings with a family-friendly vibe. Despite the camping cornucopia of tennis courts, volleyball, ping-pong, playgrounds, swimming pools and waterslides, the jewel here remains the more natural treasures on the doorstep. It’s a vehicle-free, 200 metre wander from tent to beach, where a crescent of sand perforates at its edges into boulders that run around to each headland, poking out into the sparkly azure. It’s an easy place to lose a day or three, paddling in the sheltered waters or dipping around in rock pools, watching tiny crabs scurry sideways between the stones. An excellent footpath also runs along the beach and around the scenic coastline. The beautifully named GR 223 dips and climbs around the waterfront, a long distance walking route taking in the famous Normandy beaches.

The campsite itself is a sizeable place, with 143 pitches of varying sizes and a decent number of them with beautiful sea-views. Flower peppered hedges divide up the spaces and provide a sense of privacy, while the three, tiered levels of the site are each flat and well drained – though its worth bringing sturdy tent pegs as the ground hardens in the summer. Facilities here are immaculate; spotlessly clean, fresh and modern with mood music even piped into the toilet blocks so you can absorb a little feel-good Zen when you start the day. There is also a small bar and takeaway onsite, though if you take the path down to the beach and turn left La Maison Rouge is a more popular option. Unbeatable views of the bay and fine French food make it a real on-the-doorstep treat, no doubt the exact reason that the campsite bought the restaurant in recent years and now keeps it going without spoiling the authentic, local feel.

Peace and quiet is not exactly the number one attraction here, not in high season at least, and any campsite with two swimming pools despite a beach on the doorstep certainly has an edge of commercialisation to note. But it’s clear to see that this is still a family run site perfect for those looking to explore the riches of the Normandy coast. There’s still the smell of fresh bread and croissants from the bakery (a staple at any self-respecting French campsite), there’s still the plonk of metal balls on the pétanque court and there’s still the early summer buzz of seasonal mosquitoes. Camping L’Anse du Brick, then, retains its Gallic charm, its beachside location and its plethora of activities. Oh and did we mention it's still just 15 minutes from the ferry?

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UK Family

What a beautiful well run campsite in a fabulous location. 

The pitches are a fantastic size, hedged on 3 sides and we had a gorgous view of the sea, perfect for what we wanted.  The facilities were brilliant and spotless. The staff (who were also increadably helpful & friendly) were constantly keeping them clean and maintained.
The whole campsite was in full bloom when we were there and surrounded by woods with a babbling stream, amazing sea views and golden cliffs.
The very short walk to the beach was brilliant and the beach itself wonderful. 

I can not express how much we enjoyed our stay here.  We have a small child and she loved every minute. The icing on the cake for us was the location which was just 15mins from the ferry!

Merci Beaucuop to the Patrizi family from the Phillips-West Family

Jul 7, 2015 by nikijanephillips1980

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