Port du Crouesty with its pretty marina has a wonderfully off-the-beaten-track location at the tip of a spit of land that divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Golfe du Morbihan, an idyllic inland sea studded with islands. And indeed the highlight of our week here was an afternoon boat trip into the Golfe, with the vessel winding its languorous way through the fragmented island landscape before depositing us on the Ile des Moines, where my boys were thrilled to catch (and release) their first crab on the Grande Plage.
Other great days out within easy reach are the town of Lorient, just over a hour from Port du Crouesty, which was largely destroyed during the war but still houses its fascinating former Nazi submarine pens together with the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly sailing museum, where you’ll find lots of hands-on exhibits for kids. We ventured to Brittany’s southernmost border with the Pays de la Loire, too, where the Plage de la Mine d’Or with its glittering sandstone delighted us with its rare shells and starfish. Also close at hand are the prehistoric site of Carnac with its world-famous standing stones and family-friendly beach resort, and the hip Breton capital Rennes.
Pierre & Vacances Port du Crouesty self-catering residence, where we were based, has direct access to Le Fogeo beach, where there's a sailing school offering tuition for adults and kids aged seven and up. Most of our time at the residence, however, was spent by the main pools (there are four in total), where there's also a small snack bar and a table-tennis table. This was the best swimming option since there were other playmates on hand, but in summer I imagine it becomes very crowded.
The residence – which is fairly basic, with some quite tired accommodation – consists of clusters of apartment buildings built in the local style and stone. Arriving on the first dour day of a hitherto blissful week elsewhere in Brittany, our first impression was that our apartment was on the bijou side, but further investigation revealed it to be ingeniously designed to make the best use of the space. And we became quite fond of it over the course of the week, for its views over the plant-filled gardens with their large lawn where kids flew kites, kicked balls and blew off steam in the good playground. When our boys had gone to bed, it was great to share a bottle of local cider as we watched the pink-streaked skies change hue over the sea and Venus wink into view.
If you prefer more elbow-room, you’ll need to play around on the website to see what your exact options are – the choice of accommodation configurations at Port du Crouesty is quite dizzying, with facilities, room layouts and views varying widely. The most spacious options are the two-bedroom apartments for 7/8 (usually duplex, with a small kids’ ‘cabin’ with bunkbeds, a double room, and one or two sofabeds, plus a terrace) or the three-bedroom houses for the same number. Much of this larger accommodation is in a separate sub-complex called Cap Océan, clustered around the resort’s second large swimming pool and toddlers’ pool. Cap Océan has a more exclusive, club-like feel to the main complex (Douce Bretagne), but all guests can use its amenities.
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