Breton weather is notably changeable, so prepare for rain or shine. Skip the crowds and avoid the French traditional holiday month of August. It is best to book surf lessons well in advance during school holdiays (July and August in particular).
Bretagne’s wild beaches are only accessible by car. Access to the beach is through a steep dune walk, so avoid bringing too much. Only pack a stroller/buggy that has large rubber, all-terrain tires.
It’s best to visit the beaches in Bretagne in the mornings or late afternoons to avoid traffic and busy car parks.
Skip the crowds and avoid the French traditional holiday month of August. Early July and late August are best - it is lively but not too crowded.
If you are renting accommodation, you can buy ready-made buckwheat crepes (also known as ”galettes”). Just add ham, cheese and one egg for a cheap and cheerful - yet appropriately local - meal.
This is the perfect France itinerary for active families who do not want to give up on local culture. Surfing is not only the best way to start the day in Bretagne, France, it’s also a great way to teach your children about self-confidence and resilience. If (like me) you started surfing late, you will know the benefit of starting kids surfing early in a fun and safe environment! Drive to Plage de la Guerite, where Ecole de Surf de Bretagne holds “kindergarten classes” for little surfers, aged 5-8. Afterward, refuel with local food and coffee at the school’s café in Plouharnel. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the famously picturesque La Trinite sur Mer fishing village. Parents can sample local cider at a trendy bar-terrasse while the children dig into seafood tapas. Finally, enjoy the Chemin des Douaniers coastal walk and explore the sheltered coves along the way. Before the day ends, you feel like a local. And if you took the opportunity to kit out the family in sturdy Breton stripes and colorful wellies, you might just start looking like one.