If you’re travelling with young children, the south Breton summer can be a huge boon, with temperatures just perfect for sunny alfresco fun. With cool Atlantic breezes keeping the sun in check, your offspring can build sandcastles or windsurf to their hearts' content without fear of sweltering. The flipside? La Trinite-sur-Mer’s climate is akin to a long, hot summer in Cornwall – in other words (whisper it), it might rain. Even in August. Don’t despair: it’s never too long before the sun bursts back through the clouds, there’s still plenty of indoor distractions waiting in the wings.
Le Lodge Kerisper is, among other things, a great base from which to browse some of Brittany's best beaches. If you prefer an untamed little curve of sand (ie, one flecked with shells and seaweed, high on character and low on both visitors and facilities) then cycle or beat a path down La Trinité’s little lanes to Plage de Kerbihan or Plage de Kervillen. For bigger beaches with daily manicured sands, kitesurfing and vast trampolines for the kids, cafés, lifeguards and shops, try Carnac’s Grande Plage or Quiberon Grande Plage. Either category of beach is brilliantly scenic – comparatively serene too, if you’re used to the crammed sands of France’s Sud. It’s definitely worth hiring a car (or driving down from the UK) so you can find your own deserted cove along the Côte Sauvage on the Quiberon Peninsula – a haven for surfers who love its wild waves and low footfall. With sweeps of sand all around, you really will be spoilt for choice. Your essential kit? A net for crabbing (buy yours from the market in Carnac along with buckets, spades and raffia beach mats) and a beach tent or windbreak to protect les petits from the oft-keen Breton breezes (don’t be fooled, the sun’s still hot and you can still tan/sunburn).
Stroll into Trinité-sur-Mer and you'll find plenty of seafood bistros to choose from. Bustling and ever-busy, Bistro Le Quai (+33 (0)2 97 55 80 26) concentrates on fish and fruits de mer. Its port-front perch makes it perfect for people-watching over moules-frites and its cheerful checked tablecloths and blackboard menus fulfil all French bistro styling expectations. Try the monkfish gratin. There’s a brief kids’ menu of jambon-frites and the like, plus good acoustics that swallow up any kiddie noise (officially A Good Thing, as tables are packed pretty close together). A few doors down, La Maison Chevillard (+33 (0)2 97 55 86 34) is somewhere between a bakery and a rough-and-ready restaurant: a good option for eating out with starving little ones as it switches from coffee and (excellent) cake to a small evening menu at 6pm sharp (not many places in Trinité serve dinner that early). Plus the moules-frites are some of the best value in town. During the day, you can also stock up here with all you need to put together a gourmet picnic for the beach: slices of pizza, filled baguettes and a big box of impossible-to-resist fruit tarts.
If you fancy a quick drink, try Le Zing bar on Rue des Resistants (+33 (0)2 97 55 71 07). Set just back from the beginning of the port (you have to walk through the carpark to reach it) and identifiable by the massive plane on the roof, Le Zing has retro aviator styling and a top-flight reputation as one of the town’s coolest endroits. There’s an open-air terrace (good for restless kids and with views of all those boats) plus sushi, charcuterie and other light bites on the blackboard menu. If you’re with little ones, make it an early-evening outing – the bar fills up with the yacht set as the night goes on.
Set within its own beach resort, Carnac Thalasso & Spa Hotel is open to day visitors for use of its heated, mineral-rich seawater pool, aquatic complex, hamman, sauna and spa treatment rooms. Blast tired muscles under the aquatic jets, take the cure, then book an eco-friendly seaweed facial or marine salt wrap. Kids’ clubs run during peak times for 3–12 year olds (€22 for half a day; book on +33 (0)2 97 52 53 54) so you can enjoy a little two-of-you time and let someone else look after your youngsters while you unwind. Open daily, 9am–1.30pm and 2.30pm–8pm.
Parc de Jeux Le P’tit Delire (+33 (0)2 97 56 73 51) theme park is built for kids but a friend of any holidaying parent staring a rainy day in the face. Inside is a soft play zone on an epic scale – bouncy castles, trampolines, giant slides and climbing frames, super-sized Lego and building blocks, monkey bars… it’s all here. And when the sun reappears, there’s a wealth of activities outside, too – go-karts, water fountains, treetop trails, mini-golf and endless inflatables. There’s something for all ages here, plus picnic tables (bring your own), baby-changing facilities and free parking. Under-2s go free; for everyone else it’s €7.50 for a day pass.