The Megaliths at Carnac
Our first stop was at Carnac-Plage in the south of Brittany. It took about 5 hours driving from La Havre with a short stop at Avranches on the way for a leisurely brunch. We pitched up at the Le Men Du campsite 150m from the Men-Du beach. The campsite was reasonably priced and the facilities clean. There was no bar and at this time of the year the site was fairly quiet. It was about a 20 minute walk to the centre of Carnac-Plage which had a reasonable selection of bars and restaurants but nothing outstanding. The beach itself at the centre of Carnac-Plage was clean and large and we enjoyed an hour looking through the rock pools. I’d imagine it gets pretty busy in peak season though. The Men Du beach was just as good and much quieter and that’s where I would recommend for a days lazing on the beach.
Four person bike hired to ride round the Megaliths at Carnac
Whilst at Carnac the main attraction is the ancient megaliths. We hired a four seated bike and took ourselves on a self powered tour for a couple of hours. You can’t actually get amongst the main stones and have to view them from the road or paths. You can climb a tower to view them but we didn’t bother. Though a fan of most things historical and do appreciate the time effort that must of gone into aligning the stones the attraction just didn’t excite me in a similar way as to Stonehenge disappointed me. Horses for courses I guess.
We stayed at Carnac-Plage for two nights. The time of year meant that it was a bit on the chilly side for lazing about on the beach with a good book and we felt that after two evenings and a day and half Carnac-Plage had showed us all it pretty much had to offer.