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Five eco‑responsible surf camps in BrittanySmooth your take-off with a clear conscience

Five eco‑responsible surf camps in Brittany

Do you love surfing and care about protecting the planet? Are you looking for eco-friendly accommodation close to the best spots in Brittany? Here is a selection of addresses for a good guilt-free surfing session!

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A “slow camp” at the edge of the world

Embruns d’herbe – Plogoff

Have you ever slept in a straw house? A hemp eco-lodge? Or even in a room made from… sheep’s wool? At the extremity of Cap Sizun, Embruns d’herbe proposes very alternative accommodation. But not only! This “slow camp” at the edge of the world also offers a breath-taking view of the moors and the ocean. And a great deal of calm. Your neighbours here will be hens, horses and frogs, which have taken up residence in the garden’s biodiversity pond. An ethical retreat to recharge your batteries after a surfing session in Trépassés Bay. Between Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van, its waves are a delight for beginners and seasoned surfers, all year round.

Embruns d’herbe Slow Camp


A “surf house” on the Crozon Peninsular

Phila Delphia

This house with yellow shutters is run by two surfing enthusiasts and is situated just five minutes from the spots on the Crozon peninsular. These include the famous Palue beach. In Morgat, Phila Delphia is a “surf house” down to the smallest details. Here, surfers have access to a dryer for their wetsuit, racks for their board, a wet room to rinse off in, etc. Everything in this hostel intends to make you feel at home. You can sleep in a private room or in a dormitory and you’ll share the common rooms. The decoration consists of second hand items. Old wash basins and sinks in enamelled steel have been preserved and add a deliberate retro touch.

Philadelphia

 

A “natural” base in Audierne Bay

Naéco

Naéco, for “nature” and “ecology”. But it’s also an anagram for ocean. It sums up well the philosophy of the Naéco hotel-holiday home-camp site, nestled in Loquéran forest on the heights of Audierne port. The establishment offers a mix of the comfort of hotel rooms and the hospitality of a hostel. The décor in warm shades, with headboards made from recycled wood and giant logs in the form of coffee tables in the lounge, is both pretty and eco-responsible. Breakfast is a treat of fresh and local products. Including eggs from the pet hen! A surfboard hanging from the ceiling in the common rooms reminds you of the proximity of the Cap Sizun spots. From Trépassés bay to the beaches of Audierne. To spend your nights even closer to nature, you can also opt for a tent-lodge or a cabin.

Naéco


A cosy and zero-waste loft close to La Torche

Chez Céline & Juliette

White, grey and beige. With these soft colours and its modest décor, the “Chez Céline&Juliette” loft, close to La Torche, is a cosy little nest, and advocates zero-waste too! Or nearly. Old doors are used as partitions, the glass roof has been recycled, the furniture and crockery picked up from the local recycling centre. Organic cotton sheets, eco-certified cleaning products, waste sorting and even bin bags in biodegradable corn… everything here helps you to minimise your environmental impact and also to surf with a clear conscience in “the” surf spot in Brittany. If necessary, you can even borrow a board and other equipment. Do you prefer open-air accommodation? Camping de La Torche is also eco-friendly!

 Chez Céline&Juliette


A hostel on the edge of the ocean, on the Quiberon peninsular

L’Auberge des Dunes – Quiberon

A waterside location. The ocean is within arm’s reach. In fact, it’s just behind these dunes that lend their name to the hostel, situated on the Penthièvre isthmus, at the entrance to the Quiberon Peninsular. The slate-clad lodges which blend into the décor have double rooms and dormitories (for 7 people), with a mainly seaside theme. A holiday home is also available. Here, the food is local and sheep maintain the green spaces. Above all, the exceptional surf spots of Quiberon bay are easily accessible. You have a choice from the spots on the wild coast, which are more for experienced surfers, or the large beaches of Plouharnel, labelled the “surf city”. Looking for another way to be eco-friendly? Get there on the “Tire-Bouchon” train.

L’auberge des dunes

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