France Sept’21 #5 – Josselin
Maybe it was too much sunshine or too much lovely French wine but whatever caused it I completely missed writing a blog for our stopover in Josselin when on route from Caen to Bènodet. I’m not sure how I managed this because Josselin really made an impression on both of us when we were there, and it’s a place I know we will return to many times in the years ahead.
This beautiful town makes you feel as if you’ve stepped on to the set of a Disney movie set in Medieval times. The Château is the main tourist attraction but when you add to this the half timbered houses – some dating back to 1538, the quaint cobbled streets, canal walks and lovely shops and restaurants, you have yourself a gorgeous stopover for at least a few days.
We found a little stop over on the Park4 Night app. This is basically a carpark but it is a pretty one with public toilets (spotless), a children’s Playground , a Grotto, and access to walking and cycling routes. There was even waste disposal/recycling there too. It was very quiet at night but it did have some early morning traffic.It was situated right opposite the Château and was free of charge. It’s worth noting that this is only suitable for van’s of approximately 6 metres or less.
There are two more Motorhome parking areas in the town, one in St.Martin, where there are facilities for grey and black waste emptying and fresh water. There are public toilets here too but they weren’t the cleanest when we were there. Motorhomes need to move from here on Saturday mornings to facilitate parking for the weekly market.
The second one is a grassed area near the canal, which to our knowledge doesn’t have any facilities but appears to be spacious with fairly level pitches. Both appear to be free of charge.
There’s a buzzing Market in Josselin on a Saturday morning which stretches over several streets in the town. There’s a great selection of local crafts and wares on sale and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables and local delicacies at every turn. Even in Covid times there’s a lovely atmosphere about the place.
If you can’t stay in this beautiful town overnight it is definitely worth a visit, even if it means taking a detour to see it.
Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did😄