At the very top of the northern tip of the Cotentin peninsula in French Normandy lies a small, fine campsite. And at the very top of its terraces there is a fabulous panorama. Admittedly, Cotentin does not sound as promising as Côte d'Azur. As a tourist destination, the peninsula in the north of France is also less well-known than the fashionable coastal strip in the south. But that has its advantages. The Cotentin is not overcrowded, has reasonable prices and friendly, open people who are happy to welcome visitors. What's more, it is varied, with magnificent nature and a healthy climate. It is a surprising land of discovery.
The peninsula makes it clear right from the start, so to speak, that it can play at the very top of the travel destinations: on the eastern continental shelf hangs the world-famous tapestry in the Bayeux Museum, which shows the conquest of Great Britain by William in 1066; it has been a UNESCO World Documentary Heritage Site since 2007. The famous Mont Saint Michel, a monastery island inhabited by monks since 1022 and accessible for centuries only by boat or at low tide, is enthroned on the western continental shelf. The abbey has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Between these two heavyweights of cultural history, the peninsula advances about 100 kilometres northwest into the English Channel, towards the harbour town of Cherbourg. This port opens up excursions to the Channel Islands as well as ferry services to England or Ireland. Directly behind the outskirts of Cherbourg, which look like anywhere else with car repair shops, supermarkets and furniture stores, a string of pearls of small fishing villages begins along a picturesque coastal road leading around the bays. Some of them grew into modest seaside resorts in the Belle Epoche, but soon sank back into sedate slumber. This exudes a serene cosiness, which is supported by the neatly renovated cottages and the lovingly tended gardens. Perhaps it is appropriate to point out at this point that the journey to the far north of France is quite easy: up to Caen on the motorway, then on the partly four-lane, everywhere well-developed national road 13, only the last ten kilometres have to be covered from Cherbourg on the aforementioned coastal road until you arrive at the campsite. These ten kilometres are always wide enough for large motorhomes, but you should be prepared for martial speed bumps in the small towns.
After another bend, turn right off the road, up a steep driveway and there you are: Camping L'Anse du Brick is made for nature-loving, active holidaymakers who prefer somewhat smaller campsites to large resorts. The campsite is built into a quarry that was abandoned long ago and has become lush with vegetation over the years. This results in high rising terraces with large pitches and unobstructed views of a beautiful bay with sandy beach on each floor. This bay can be reached directly from the site via a private footbridge. In the eastern part, the campsite merges into a nature-protected forest with a stream. In spite of all the nature around, comfort is by no means neglected: luxury plots with private sanitary facilities are available as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool appropriate to the size of the site, a simple restaurant and a restaurant with upscale cuisine. Camping is in the foreground; by French standards, there are only a few rental accommodations. Heated sanitary facilities take into account the long opening period from Easter to autumn and the often fresh wind. After all, we are in the Cotentin and not on the Côte d'Azur.
Camping de L’Anse du Bric
18 Anse du Brick
Tel.: +33 (0)2 33 54 33 57
Facts & figures
- 179 pitches up to 180 sqm, some with all connections, some with private sanitary facilities.
- 46 different rental accommodations from glamping tents to masonry villas
- Heated outdoor and indoor pool, water slide, whirlpool
- Animation for children and adults
- Multi-sports field, tennis, BMX track, kettle car track, bicycle rental, sea kayak, surfboard rental
- Nearby: Golf course, boat hire
- 2 restaurants, bar, self-service mini-market
- Sandy beach in the bay, direct access in forest
- Dogs welcome
- W-LAN in the entire complex, but poor radio network reception due to the topography.