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- Family-friendly site five minutes' walk from a sandy beach
- 30-minute drive from the harbour and walled Old Town of Concarneau
- Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and paddling pool
Cor, that beach is a bit of a stunner, innit? A four-kilometre hunk of white-sanded loveliness – the sort that’ll fuel your daydreams for many a rainy day to come. And it’s got a lifeguarded area, watersports and rockpools for the pottering pleasure of les petits. It doesn’t get much better than that...
Well, perhaps it does get ever so slightly better if you choose to settle at Camping Le Helles, as it’ll then be a mere five-minute saunter from the site, down a pretty little tree-lined footpath. Rather fably, this means you can stroll on down there whenever the fancy takes you (or back again to retrieve forgotten rubber rings, suncream, fishing nets and the like).
If it’s merely a swim you seek, you’ll not even need to trot that far, as the site has its own pools – an outdoor one with a sizeable sunbathing/small-person supervision area, and an indoor one with a fun paddling pool and heated waters to keep things balmy even if the weather takes a turn.
Need a break from the aquatic amusement? Dry off and set up for a game of table tennis or pétanque, perhaps getting in some proper practice to ensure you’ll be a contender in the site’s tournaments, held weekly in the summer season. Or give in to natural holiday vibes and settle down for a wee rest while the kids continue the fun times at the playground, on the trampoline or some bonkers bouncing on the inflatable castle.
When it comes to feeding time, you’re around a 10-minute walk from the restaurants and cafés in Sainte-Marine, or you can light up a barbie on site to cook your own over coals. All the necessaries can be acquired in the site’s shop, the little shops in town or at the supermarket (a 10-minute drive away). If you’re around on a Wednesday, call into town to poke around in the market for fresh produce; at other times don’t forget to order your bread and croissants on site to be delivered ready for morning devouring. In high season you can also make life super-easy by picking up light meals from the snack bar.
Other useful amenities on site include a launderette with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers, free wifi access and a toilet block with spankingly clean showers, a baby bathroom and accessible facilities.
Still not quite convinced? ‘Possibly the best site we have experienced after many years of campervan travel’ is the verdict of one previous happy guest – high praise indeed.
Open from 01/04/2018 to 30/09/2018
Tourist board rating
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
The indoor swimming pool is open between 01/04 and 30/09.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/04 and 30/09 (subject to weather conditions).
Check availability at Camping Le Helles…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Electric grass pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Dimensions: Max 10.0m width x 10.0m depth (32.8ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 100.0m² (1076.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Great site, friendly staff, level well kept pitches and nice area.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
If you’d like to get out on to the sea, wander up to the sailing centre in Sainte-Marine, a 15-minute walk away – here you can hire canoes, kayaks and windsurfing kit as well as taking paddleboarding lessons to unlock the mysteries of standing up on water.
You can also get out on the waves on a boat trip over to the gorgeous Glénan Islands from Bénodet, 10 minutes’ drive away. It’s really worth heading over to this archipelago (known as the Breton Tahiti) to see the white sandy beaches and visit the nature reserve set up to protect the indigenous Glénan Narcissus. There’s also a scuba diving centre over here for those who like to sink below the surface.
Dedicated landlubbers can still make the most of the coastline by heading out on the GR 34 trail, which runs alongside the beach to reach Île Tudy in the west and Bénodet in the east. Plenty of other paths run through the area, too – along the banks of the Odet river and through the Bois de Roscouré (a 45-minute walk north of the site). If you prefer wheels for your explorations, hire electric bikes and pedal off to villages including Loctudy (half an hour away) or La Forêt Fouesnant (an hour’s cycle).
For a bit of town time, take the half-hour drive to Quimper to see the Gothic cathedral and trot around its old quarter, taking in some of the flower-lined bridges that criss-cross the river. In Concarneau, around 30 minutes away, you can see the activity at one of France’s busiest fishing ports, visit the fishing museum and try your hand at catching your own on a boat trip. Wander through the walled Old Town before walking along the coastal path to the Sables Blancs beach or taking a five-minute drive inland to the 13th-century Château de Keriolet.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||9:30 p.m.|
Camping Le Helles cancellation policy
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Local eco/city tax of €0.44 (£0.39) per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer