Flower Camping Les Gênets
20 rue Gouesnac’h Nevez, 29760 Penmarc’h, Finistere, France
There’s a turning point beyond the entrance of Flower Camping Les Genêts that seems to divide two different pages in this campsite’s story. Turn right and you can follow the tarmac through regimented rows of static mobilhomes that range just over 50 in number. Turn left, however, and the tarmac gives way to grass and white-grit pathways, small, cobbled flowerbeds and a mass of large, traditional tent pitches, bordered by low hedges and mature trees. The result is a campsite that offers the best of both worlds. You can pitch your tent quietly at one end of the campsite, within easy range of a wash-block, but leave the kids to romp off in the opposite direction, where the campsite’s more ‘holiday park’ facilities include swimming pools, water-slides, volleyball, table tennis and a whole lot more.
As if to offer a soft transition between these two campsite personalities – statics on one side, camping pitches on the other – there is also a collection of ‘Free Flower’ tents in the middle. These pre-pitched safari tents offer a camping alternative for those travelling light, each divided into two bedrooms (suited to a family of four) with a kitchen and dining area to the front and wooden decking with outdoor furniture. In hot weather you can roll up parts of the canvas walls too, allowing the breeze to flow refreshingly through.
Of course, the real appeal of the campsite is not its wide choice of sunny or shady pitches, laid-back ambience or well-kept wash-blocks – all amiable attributes in their own right – but its handy proximity to the coast. Hire bikes and you can pedal to the nearest beach in less than 10 minutes. That’s the most important factor, right? The long, white crescent of sand there bends around to its end at the old harbour town of Guilvinec, still a working commercial harbour for small boats and the town to pedal on to for the freshest sea-food. In the opposite direction, meanwhile, the beaches of Pointe de la Torche are also within range – a magnet for watersports enthusiasts.