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We went to a Keycamps site three years ago, on the recommendation of a friend, who had been camping there earlier that year. We don't do 'camping' so rented a static caravan for 10 days in the summer of 96 in Brittany at Carnac, in the La Grande Metairie campsite, in a VillaGrand trailer. It was for the last weeks of the school summer holiday that we stayed here.
As the ferry was an early start from Portsmouth, we stayed overnight in a Premier Inn, that was a couple of miles from the ferry terminal. The ferry journey over was fine, nothing good or bad to note, except that it was very crowded and we were lucky to get seats. There are other ferry options available from Poole, Plymouth and Dover, but we chose to go from Portsmouth to St Malo, as this was the most convenient route for us, and St Malo was a lot closer to the camp than some of the other options.
Keycamps provided directions from the port to the campsite, which, as we hadn't travelled if France before, we followed. This is where it all started.....
There was, we found later, a direct motorway route (which we used to come back to the port from the camp), but we were sent through small town after small town, so it took ages to reach the town where the camp was situated. Once we reached the outskirts of Carnac, the directions told us to turn left at a set of lights, which, unbeknown to us, was now a roundabout. After an hour of driving around trying to find the right road (added to the 4 hours already driven), we found it by luck and arrived at the camp very tired and rather stressed.
We were lead to our caravan by a young lady on a bike which allowed us to get our first impressions of the camp, which looked tired and somewhat shabby. We arrived at the caravan and were told to park on the muddy space in front of it, which probably had been grass at one time during the holidays.
We were ready for the fact that this wasn't going to be luxury, but we were not prepared for the caravan. Once over the filthy doormat, we were greeted by the small living room/kitchen. Before looking further, my wife sat on the settee and I could tell that we were close to leaving in the next 5 seconds. We stayed, just!
Though he loved it, as he could sleep in a top bunk, our son's room had the faint smell of wee, so we kept the window open as much as we could. Our double room was cosy to say the least. I wasn't able to put my feet down straight when getting out of bed as the wall was too close. This made getting dressed difficult, as I couldn't stand on the bed without hitting my head. I guess we should have been expecting slightly cramped rooms, but we were still surprised at how small it was. Still the lounge/kitchen area wasn't too bad, and we had a fridge, oven and cooker. At one end of the caravan was a toilet and at the other was a shower room with a sink. No TV, but we took a DVD player with us.
The camp was small enough to walk round quite easily and facilities in the camp included;
Large, unheated free-form pool with some small water slides and sun loungers arranged around it.
Kid's club with a variety of adventures for different age groups.
Bar/Restaurant - Reasonably priced good food, but lacking variety. We did eat here a couple of times but, as there were other nicer looking restaurants in the town, we tended to eat out more.
Takeaway - with Pizzas, chicken, chips, etc - we used this service a few times and found the food generally good and at a reasonable price. Take your own containers from your caravan!
Small supermarket - best were the lovely fresh croissant each morning, but it did stock a variety of foodstuffs. Generally we didn't use the supermarket much as there were other larger (and cheaper) ones in the nearby town.
Tennis, mini golf, football, basketball, unsupervised gym, table tennis - there were some organised events, or you can just turn up and use them (local charge for some of them). You could also rent bicycles.
Zip-slide - probably he best thing about the camp, for a small fee you could zip between the trees. It went from tree to tree, so you had to unclip yourself a few times to move from rope to rope, but it was great and my son and I used this several times. I can't see that this is mentioned on the website now, so can't say that it is still there.
Nearby there are several lovely little towns worth exploring and the Carnac Stones....row upon row of standing stones just outside the camp. There is a lovely zoo (Branfere Zoo), which has open spaces for the animals to roam, well worth a visit, though a bit of a drive from the camp. Also a small aquarium and butterfly house, which were fun to visit.
The caravans in the camp were closely packed and didn't keep out much noise. One evening, we couldn't help but hear a long (and I mean long!), but by no means loud, conversation by our neighbours, who were sitting outside their caravan, about how to make gravy. Unfortunately, we were inside ours with the windows closed at the time!
What also didn't help was the weather, as it rained for half the days we were there and it is very noisy when the rain hits the roof.
Overall, it was a holiday to forget. We use it to remind ourselves how bad a holiday could be and will never do it again. Perhaps it would have been a nicer experience if we had gone at the start of the holidays, but the overall feeling was of a tired campsite, where grass had turned to mud. We really were that close to walking out on day 1 and staying in a hotel instead.
Soon after we got back, we went to a party where friends showed us photos of their holiday at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, which really rubbed salt in the wound. Luckily we went there for our next holiday, which is another review to write.
Have been on a number of Key Camp holidays and have generally enjoyed the facilities / outdoor lifestyle....however, quality does vary and some of the caravans do get quite grubby! Also, we stayed in Ca Savio, Italy, and found it very difficult to get hold of staff (it's a very big campsite)....We had our car - hired through Key Camp - broken into outside Aqualandia (found out later that's quite a common occurence) and a number of things stolen from it. We then had to waste a couple of days trying to track down Key Camp staff to report it and then find someone who could speak Italian so we could report to local police (Key Camp staff didnt!)....Later found out that our so-called comprehensive (and very expensive) insurance booked through key-camp didnt actually include valuables off-site so were unable to claim....overall quite a disappointing experience
So I guess I best get around to writing this before my memory completely blocks this experience out of my head. I guess I haven't up until now for two reasons. I like to write about things I like, for obvious reasons. Secondly I do hate reading reviews (not on here might I add) that say things such as, "THERE WAS AN ANT AT THIS HOTEL!!!!! IT RUINED MY WHOLE HOLIDAY!!! The hotel was nice apart from this, the food and location were great, but I am giving this hotel 1 Star because there was an ANT!!!"...Well you get my idea. I do fear becoming one of these people, as it can be hard to separate what was bad due to different things, and what was down to Keycamp itself. I guess, I will give a brief over view of the holiday and try to come to conclusions of what exactly was Keycamp's fault and what wasn't but will still apply to how bad the holiday would be going there.
A little background first as to why we chose to go in the first place. My daughter had never been further than Anglesey before and I decided this was the perfect year to take her away. She was old enough to enjoy it properly but she didn't start school till September meaning that we could get away for the last time not in the expensive school holiday times. As well as this, the fella was leaving his old job and starting a new career and this made the opportunity of taking a month off four our holiday, and a family holiday, all in one go.
Originally I had wanted to go Lapland in December which is obviously very expensive but looked amazing. Then my daughter started on about Disney Land. The adverts of course look lovely, the reality of queuing all day long put fear of a horrendous through days through every part of both mine and the fella's body, on top of which, we knew she would hate queuing as she refused to got to the cinema for about a year after having to queue for twenty minutes to see Shrek 3. The next choice was somewhere like Spain, not too hot for her, but nice sunny, somewhere aimed at kids etc. We haven't been to Europe for a few years, I can't imagine what has happened - has it suddenly become good?? - but everything we priced up was over £1000 even for a basic self catering two star for a week, before spends. This left us with pretty much one option. Keycamp.
It didn't seem a bad idea at the time. Keycamp L'Atlantique in Beg Meil, Brittany, France was the one we chose and I have to say it looked fantastic. It had it's own water park, kids activities all day every day, Tumbletots, it was on it's own white sand (well, grey-white, but still pretty nice for Europe) beach and not far from a small town with many restaurants. It also had it's own onsite restaurant, shop and a park for the kids. It sounded all in all quite perfect. There was things for her to do all day long and plenty other children to keep her company. On the video on the website everyone is having fun, the sun is shining, and it just looked like a really nice luxury resort, the difference being instead of staying in a luxury hotel, you stay in a caravan. Hey, I can live with that. It actually looked better than the expensive hotels we had been looking at in Europe.
Quick check on the weather and we're told through research on the net that we can expect it to be 70 degrees in June, and in any given week there will be a lot more sunshine than no sunshine. Sounds good enough to me, warm enough to sit out all day, not to hot to fry my child.
For £330 we were booked for the three of us. This included the accommodation, all the children's activities, and the ferry crossing. It didn't include insurance but I booked online for £10 for the three of us through Swift Cover so I can't complain about that. Our car insurance covers us for Europe automatically (M&S car insurance), but we chose to add on breakdown cover via Keycamp, as we were a bit worried about our not so new car breaking down whilst over there. This was I think £40 for the week. The strange thing about it is on my documents from Keycamp it had a phone number to book this, but when I phoned them they said as I had made my booking through Thomas Cook, I had to speak to them. I phoned Thomas Cook, who had me on one line, and Keycamp on the other, and had to keep going back and forth between the two of us relating what each of use was saying - it all seemed a bit pointless!
When I went to pick up my tickets there was also a pack that had in it a large beach bag which came in very useful, two sun shades for the car, a GB sticker for the car and some maps of France. It was a nice little touch.
Your options are fly drive, or self drive and get the ferry. Obviously fly drive will be more expensive as you have a flight and car hire to pay for, it's also un available to anyone under 24, which meant we had to go for the self drive option. This wasn't as bad as it may sound for us. We had to drive from Manchester to Plymouth which takes 5 hours, split up into two for breakfast it wasn't bad at all. We were then on the ferry 6 hours, and had to drive for another hour and a half to two hours over in France.
The ferry was pretty awful. This is a part though where it is who do you blame? We had booked through Keycamp, but obviously it is a Brittany Ferries Ferry. I won't go into too much detail but we felt sick (obviously not Keycamps fault), the food was absolutely terrible (Brittany Ferries fault), and it was just incredibly boring (no ones fault I guess).
Driving in France was more stress than we expected. Kitting up the car with everything required added to the cost of the holiday. Again this isn't Keycamp's fault. The driving was also awful as there are no speed signs hardly, yet lots of speeding traps to get you points on your licence. As the fella is a truck driver, we couldn't risk any points, which meant driving insanely slow and having huge queues of traffic behind us!! This I think, is France's fault lol.
We get there and the main reception is closed. We panic a bit, what on earth are we going to do tonight now?? I had emailed before to inform them we would be arriving after 8pm. We walk around a bit and see a Keycamp sign, and there is a caravan there acting as a Keycamp reception. There's no one in it. We have to rummage through their stuff a bit and find a pack with our name on it but no key or instructions or anything. Already we are thinking this all seems a bit shoddy but we manage to find our caravan ourselves in the hope that it will be open with the key inside, which of course it is.
I wasn't expecting much of a caravan, but it was even tinier than expected. My daughter and I had to share a double bed, which had about an inch each side and then wall, you literally went in the room and got straight on the bed. The fella had the other room, which was even smaller, which he nicknamed the cupboard and which was small enough for my daughter to actually believe and come home telling people he had to sleep in a cupboard. Toilet and bathroom at opposite ends of caravan, mmm hygienic. Kitchen in between the two. Mmm. The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the caravan. For anyone not willing to put their children first and sleep in with them rather than their partner, I would say don't go. The windows are made of something about as secure as cling film, there's a gas cooker in between the two bedrooms, a fire etc. It wouldn't be responsible to leave your children at the other end of this to you, but sadly, I suspect many people do. I mention the caravans, as there were different caravans for different companies and Keycamp's even looked the worst; smaller, shabbier etc. If you are going to go I'd suggest booking with Eurocamp as they looked much newer, larger and nicer.
The private pitch outside your caravan is not at all like what I'd expected it, its dirty and disgusting and the whole place just had a horrible manky look to it. There definitely wasn't enough room to play out outside the caravan. Keycamp seemed to have the worst pitches.
We had been told nothing about gas so didn't know if we had to purchase any. We turned the cooker on and there was gas so we figured it must be in with it.
The next morning we headed to the onsite shop, quite prepared for everything to be over priced, but not wanting to face driving on the French roads again. Oh, I will mention at this point, the scenery on the way to the campsite from the ferry - it's like England, but ugly and brown and just a bit not nice.
I won't list everything we bought but here is a quick example. One tin of beans = £2. Six eggs = £3. The tiniest tub of mayonnaise ever = £5. 2 slices of ham = £4. You get the idea. Insanely expensive. However, having a young child, we got what we knew she would eat. Half way through boiling the egg we'd just spend a small fortune on, the gas went. There was not one member of Keycamp staff on the site at any time throughout the holiday, so we couldn't ask about the gas. There were in fact no members of staff hardly for anything.
The ice cream shop you had to stand there for an age until the one member of staff, who I believe was also the lifeguard, came over and sold you an ice cream.
As for the onsite restaurant; we went the first night. We were stood there for about twenty minutes. The woman behind the counter kept walking back and forth past us completely blanking us. Eventually, she looked very put out by it but came and served us. We ordered a pizza each, some chicken nuggets for my daughter and a portion of chips between us. £30. I kid you not. What makes this worse is that the pizza had tinned vegetables about and inch thick ALL over the entire top of the pizza, they hadn't even been drained just poured on it, the pizza was wet through and soggy, it was disgusting it's making me feel a bit sick just talking about it.
The pool was fine I guess, there was only one entry which was a bit of a walk and seemed a bit pointless and you had to walk through dirty manky water to get into the pool area. The pool of course was freezing. The stupid thing is though, in Mexico last year they had a heated pool, when you want it cool and refreshing, here the water was freezing. Which of course, I should mention, the weather was coat weather, but that's hardly Keycamp's fault. My daughter braved hypothermia and went in the pool on the first day and loved it. After the first day though, it wasn't exciting enough for her to bother staying in it for more than five minutes on the following days.
The beach was really nice, nothing to fault it really other than an abundance of Jellyfish, but again that's not Keycamp's fault that's just nature. Again though after the first day, my daughter didn't want to spend more than an hour or so on there, which left another eight hours a day with nothing to do.
At the end of the second out of five days someone from the kids club came and told us about the kids activities. The following day I was really ill so I couldn't take her. The day after that she was ill. The day after that we went, only to find we'd chose the only day it wasn't open! That's just bad luck on our part, but was a shame that we had chose a child based resort for all these things and never got to use them. I did take her to the Tumbletots class and it was fine, similar to over here but not as well run.
The play area on the campsite was okay but seemed quite dangerous really. The boat they could play on was insanely high up. I hate to say it but I can't see a child coming away okay if they fell from that height. I actually had a nightmare about it while I was there and spent the rest of the time worried sick when we were on the park. The slide was SO fast that the children came skidding off the end at about 90mph grazing their whole bodies along the floor.
We decided we'd rent some bikes one day, mainly out of sheer boredom, we're not into that sort of thing. I kid you not the deposit was over £100! If the bike comes back with a scratch, some sand on it etc, then expect to lose it. Needless to say, we didn't hire one after all. My memory is hazy but I'm sure it was £140 deposit - for a bike!!
The shop and restaurant, the only site facilities are open for about two hours a day. The place wasn't that quiet but wasn't full of other children like I'd imagined, for my daughter to play with, there was in fact more old couples here than anything. On the plus side, it wasn't full of "horror brits" which the price might suggest.
The shower in our caravan only drizzled out cold water, but there were onsite shower blocks which were clean and fine and had hot water.
After the horrendous onsite restaurant experience we decided to drive out to the nearest town for food the next night. Interestingly, it wasn't the one that is advertised on their website as being near by. We just put in the sat nav for restaurants and headed to where there was most of them near by. The place was like a ghost town. Every single shop, restaurant, pub etc were all shut and no one was around. It was very creepy. There was just one open which we went too, again over priced, and not great food.
There is absolutely nothing in the area surrounding the campsite, you really are generally confined to staying in the campsite the whole holiday. This would be fine, it was what we actually intended given the activities etc but it didn't work out quite that way for us, and by the third day even my daughter was bored stiff and asking when we could go home.
The caravan was so cold in the night we had four fleeces each on us (and you may remember I have a fleece phobia but even I had to over come it) and slept in our full clothes and coats and still woke up in the middle of the night freezing. We all came home ill.
We went to the nearest supermarket the next time we needed food (all having to be cold food of course) and everything was nearly as badly over priced their and the staff were extremely rude.
After the other restaurant experience we resorted to eating Mc Donalds for the rest of the trip, which were actually cheaper and nicer than over here but around a 20 mile trip to get one.
At £330 for a caravan and ferry crossing it sounds like such a bargain. Especially when you consider the caravan sleeps seven. Now let me firstly say, if we had gone in a group of seven, I cannot imagine surviving the hell that it would have been. It was claustrophobic with just the three of us. The price is per caravan/ferry crossing so it's the same price for three as it is for seven.
In reality however, by the time you have kitted up your car with everything you need to legally drive in France, factored in the amount of spends you will need for the ridiculously priced food, and paid for the petrol to get you there and back, as well as break down cover etc, you are looking at £1000 for three, more if there are more of you going. It suddenly seems like not such a bargain, and when you consider how there is nothing to do, even for the kids when it is a children based resort, what exactly is the point? Everything was like England, but worse, we would have been better driving an hour down the motorway to Haven.
Would I go to Keycamp again? No. I never expected to like it, we were going for my daughter, and we did everything we could to make the most of it while we were there and make the holiday as good as we could. Even my daughter wouldn't want to go again though, at the time she claimed she preferred Anglesey. This summer we went to Blackpool for half a day (we had spent up by 2pm!) and she preferred that half a day to a week in France.
The icing on the cake was that our watches were set the wrong way (hour back instead of hour forward, or other way I can't remember) resulting in the fact that we missed our ferry on the way home, and had to stay another night in a hotel with no money to eat, and sit in the car all day the next day till it was time to get the ferry. This of course was the one day it decided to be hot and we all fried in our tiny car.
So how much of it was Keycamps fault? Well the lack of staff (our rep finally showed up on our last day) is definitely they're fault. As for everything else, well they choose to sell holidays to that campsite and with that ferry and advertise them as something good, so the responsibility is in some part theirs, but the lines of responsibility are very blurred.
That said, I wouldn't book this holiday again and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. If anyone did decide to do it, I would advise against Keycamp, as the Eurocamp caravans looked nicer, had better pitches, and actually had some staff on site attending to the guests.
Also the bargain price I mentioned was for June, prices come up at around £800 for the same holiday in the summer holidays, which is nothing short of ridiculous.
Keycamp is part of the company Holidaybreak, that also owns companies like Eurocamp. They provide holidays in europe in caravans and tents. Keycamp is run onsite by mainly teenagers and people who like doing seasons. If your expecting an expert service then dont book! If you want a nice chilled out holiday, with friendly couriers who are willing to get to know you and make sure you have fun then do! I have worked as a childrens courier for holidaybreak, we are young, but we do our best to help the customers have a good time. Remember the weather isnt the couriers fault!
Holidays with Keycamp are quite expensive, especially in high season as it is a popular company. The holidays are self catering and you can book them online. You can either drive to a campsite with a ferry connection, or fly and hire a car if you want to go a bit further than france. Its an idea company to use for people with families as its flexible accommodation. You can come and go as you wish, there are no meal times, and you can leave your kids at funstation and have a day at the pool on your own.
Choose another operator! Keycamp have definately gone down hill.
Travelled from Norfolk to Tours for first stop-over, 13 hours later we arrived, they had no record of us, and nothing ready. I have two toddlers 2/3 years tired, hungray and homeless not a good start.
Second stop Royan Bonne Anse Plage, lovely site, ordered their top of range van villa grand deluxe - little did I know that this translated to a 70's throw back - was devistated...only offer to put right was to give us a van which we would have to vacate early - not an option...
Third stop Normandy - arrived to book in at 3pm, no-one there couriers swimming or having a shower??? After 6 hours travelling not what i wanted to hear.. but after initial confusion they were expecting us...
Would never travel with them again, have put me off altogther off to lanzerote next year. Wouldn't mind but I am a project director and incompetence is not something I can put up with easily!
Keycamp need to have responsible adults on the customer service front in there sites. The last site I stayed on the site owners were at a loss with the couriers, they were fed up with dealing with unhappy keycamp customers.
Nuff said - my advice is simple - choose another operator and have fun.
From Barrow to Dover a drive of six and a half hours, not including stops, stay over at Dover, Ferry over to Calais, Then drive three hours to La Croix, where we finally reach our holiday park. Collapse in mobile home with a cup of tea then remember we are in France where milk is not full fat cream like at home, BUT they are forgiven as beer is cheap. Keycamps offer the lot in holidays from the minute you book they send you online deatils of maps and other services and keep you uptodate with all new events going on. When you arrive they will escort you to your mobile home, they use bicycles to get around everywhere, and they show you into your home, you will find a complimentary bottle of wine as well as a fridge full of ice. Last year we had a very young baby and they had even provided a small bag of ice pops int the freezer for her, they said it was so she could cool down whilst we unpacked!!! The homes are spacious and have two door ways we use the back as our main door and put the table by the front door, they even provide safety gates which go across the full width of the double doors to ensure no roaming children. Outside you have a bbq, sunloungers and chairs and a table, with plenty of grass areas and a hedge all the way around, they put stones for cars and also to deter youngsters from straying but that didnt stop my madam. The lake is accessible and where we stopped last year was only a few strides away, this year we are further away, so maybe mummy will relax. The site has alot to offer which I have spoken about in a op. on the site. We stay for relaxing and hubby fishes ont he lake all night so he is happy. Last year he caught the lake record and was proud to have his photo in the lakeside shop. How upset will he be if it isnt there anymore. The staff are very helpful and friendly and seem to be by far ones who encourage the kids group, they wer elaways about doing things, playing games, and having fu
n, we never saw others the whole time we were there, but knew of keycamp which was why we switched to use them and havent been dissapointed yet. They offer solutions to your problems quickly and nothing was too much trouble. They helped with translation as w ell as tips to buy things from and where to visit in the area. The tickets arrive with gifts for the children as well as detailed maps and free car sticker for the ferry and you get to choose the ferry time you want. I cant fault these people at al and would recommend them everytime.
This camp site is a long drive from the main road (35 mins), but definitely worth it. It has a very attractive entrance which sweeps past old farm buildings, alongside tennis courts and pool to the reception area. All of the pitches are set on terraces, some tents were situated in their own in wooded clearings. We were in a Grand mobile home on a terrace with superb views of the lake. The mobile homes are situated for maximum privacy, and the campsite is superbly tranquil. The Grand mobile home is very spacious with every amenity you could wish for and the main bedroom is very spacious and tastefully furnished. The swimming pool area was spotless and the pools are heated. There is a paddling pool and a large pool, both shelve for easy access, just like a beach. There are plenty of sunloungers. The pool area overlooks the lake where you can make use of the Keycamp canoe (Free). Beside the pool is the Bar/restaurant/takeaway and of course reception. This was the only disappointment for me. I found this entire area to be quite grubby and dreary. It is quite dark in the bar area, even when it is very sunny outside, but some people may prefer this. We purchased food from the takeaway once - steak and frites. the steak was pretty dreadful, it was so tough we could hardly eat any of it. The choice of takeaway food is limited, although the restaurant serves a greater choice, we cannot however comment as we never ate there. There is alo a shop which sells basic provisions, but for a greater choice we shopped at the Spar in town or at hypermarkets further afield. Overall the campsite was perfectly situated for our taste and we would definitely return, but would not recommend it to anyone who likes there evenings to be lively!
Camping Les Menhirs is a great place to go for a family holiday. In the main part of the camp is the swimming pool complex, with a giant waterslide and watershoot, and a mini-waterslide for the little ones in the children's pool. For the adults there is a jacuzzi, a gym and a solarium. There are many activities to choose from, including, tennis, boules and volleyball. For anyone who cannot do without their telly, there is a satellite TV and also a games room where you can play table tennis, pool or snooker. There is a shop on site selling essentials but as there are cheaper places to buy groceries outside the camp, I would advise using them instead, as you get a wider variety of goods at cheaper prices. For a selection of wines, beers and spirits you could try the 'Continent', which is a large hypermarket in Vannes, the Continent is not far from Carnac and is easy to find. There are also regular markets, full of interesting characters, and some wonderful local produce. The best market is in Auray, which is just a stones throw away from Carnac. If you don't feel like cooking, but don't want to go far to eat, there is a take-away on site and also a bar, but if you want a greater choice of cuisine, the town of Carnac-Plage has a number of restaurants and bars and most of these are reasonably cheap places to eat. The bars here are excellent, especially 'Flamingo's', where I had a triple shot of my Favourite tipple for under the price of 1 British measure, so as you can imagine I had quite a few of those!! Just a short distance from the campsite, is the seaside resort of Carnac-Plage, with a lovely south facing, relatively quiet, sandy beach. But if you wish to go slightly further a field there is the Quiberon Peninsular, which has a variety of, very sheltered beaches, some of which have very large waves and strong currents. I would advise you to keep a very close eye on your children if you take them h
ere, as they can get into difficulties in the blink of an eye. There are many different places to visit not far from Carnac. The Archeoscope Carnac is a very interesting place to visit, here you will see the Megalith stones, called Menhirs, which are similar to Stonehenge, but have many more stones in large rows, and you can watch an audio visual history of the stones and the surrounding area. About 1km from the centre of Carnac is the St Michel Tumulus, built in around 4000bc, this is an ancient burial chamber and is one of the oldest monuments built by man. Broceliande, blends Celtic magic, mystery and Arthurian legend, in picturesque surroundings. Also here there is the Paimpont forest, the fountain of youth, Merlin's grave and the fantastic, 'Valley of no Return', for the more spiritual among you, this is a definite 'not to miss'!! In between Carnac and the historical town of Auray, there is, in the middle of no-where, a spanish galleon, called, Le Galion (!). Within the Galion is a selection of miniature, fairy tale and historical scenes, including, a Venice town and river and a scene depicting Cinderella going to the ball. What is remarkable about these is that they are entirely constructed from sea shells. It is really worth a look and at about 30FF, maybe it is a place to visit near the end of your holiday when, if you're like me, you wont have much money left! Auray has cobbled streets and leaning, half timbered houses, and is an ancient Breton town rich in history. There are often outdoor exhibitions held here and you can stroll along the Promenade du Loch, for an excellent view of the medieval stone bridge, the harbour and the old quarter of St Gaston on the opposite bank. Slightly further a field is the ancient capital of Vannes. This is among the most interesting and beautiful of Brittany's towns. It is a wonderfully preserved medieval town built around a thriving port. Shuttered t
ownhouses overlook the canal, which joins Vannes to the Golfe du Morbihan. The old quarter around the beautiful Cathedrale St Pierre has been carefully preserved and pedestrianised. The streets are lined with timber framed houses, many of which are now quaint little tea rooms and antique shops. Between the Cathedral and Rue des Halles, you can find a huge barn-like building, whose stone walls date back to the 13th century. For the more adventurous there is a horse-riding centre not far from the campsite, the route they take you is along the famous allignments in the direction of Kerlescan village and along the beach at La Trinite. There are two hour boat trips around the Islands departing from Parc du Golf and Vannes, Vannes run tours around the gulf, which include Island stops. There are many different, beach and watersports to try at Carnac-Plage and Quiberon, including water-skiing, pedalos, boat hire and wind-surfing. I recommend visiting Carnac very highly, there is much to see and do, and the Keycamp staff are very welcoming and helpful. Here is some important information on distances and the facilities in and around Carnac. Keycamp accomodation at Les Menhirs :- Grand 34, Supernova 32 and 29 and classic Mobile homes and Supertents, which accomodate a maximum of 6 people. Toilets, showers, washing and washing-up facilities are available free, on site. Distance in miles from Carnac :- Auray 9 *Belle-lle 7 *Briere National Park 62 *Locmariaquer 8 Quiberon 10 Vannes 20 *I haven't mentioned these places, as I didn't visit them myself, but I understand from people who have, that they are beautiful and interesting to visit.
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