BRITTANY GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION AND INTERNET ACCESS
Car hire is available at all the French airports but we recommend you book in advance from the UK. Locally you can hire a car at Europcar in Ploermel
You can hire push-bikes around the corner in the village of Monteneuf from the 'Games Centre'. The price for an adult bike is about 14 Euros per day. They also offer Bed and Breakfast if you want to stay and extra day or two or arrive early
You need to bring your Vehicle Registration, Insurance, MOT and Driving Licence. It is advisable to take out European breakdown cover. You may need spare car bulbs, a warning triangle and a yellow jacket. Note: Regulations seem to change all the time so please check with the AA, RAC or other reputable insurer before you travel
Although there are not too many fixed cameras, they do exist, particularly on the motorways. You will see large white signs with black pictures of different vehicles followed by radar lines. Recently these warning signs have been giving way to LED signs showing your actual speed. Normally within three miles of passing one of these there will be a speed trap camera. Hand held speed traps are also used and normally an on the spot fine of ninety euros or more will be given
The speed limit on Brittany's motorways is 110 Km/h whereas the speed limit on the paid autoroutes plus some others (e.g from Caen to Calais is usually 130 Km/h. As of the first of July 2018 the 'national speed limit' (i.e where it is not indicated to the contrary) dropped from 90 km/h to 80 Km/h. In towns and villages it varies between 50 and 30 Km/h. Speed linits are constantly changing on many roads so please check the signs as you are drivie along to be sure
PRIORITY TO THE RIGHT- Priorite a droite
A yellow diamond shaped sign with a white border indicates that drivers on main roads have the right of way and don't need to give way to the right. When the sign appears with a diagonal black line through it, then this reverses and you do not have priority so you must give way to the right. Also a triangular 'crossroads' sign with all axis of the cross the same width means you must give way to the right as well
Motorway and dual carriageway stations are normally manned twenty four hours. There is one about ten minutes away on the N24 at Ploermel. Supermarket and local petrol stations are normally manned from nine in the morning until midday and from two until seven in the afternoon. Automated twenty-four hour pumps are available at all petrol stations and usually take UK credit and debit cards. All the large supermarkets have petrol stations - e.g Casino and Super U at Malestroit which are less than ten minutes drive from the gites. there is a petrol station at Treal (less than two minutes from the gites) which is open all day and you can pay by card or cash
You can use British credit /debit cards in most cash machines in Brittany to obtain your Euros. Most banks have an cashpoint machine
Check that you are insured to drive in France and that you have adequate European Breakdown Insurance. Also make sure that you have medical insurance. The EHIC (used to be called the E111) can be supplied by the British government and also there is the option of top up private medical cover
Holiday cancellation insurance is also recommended. Normally a bank or home insurance company will be able to assist you with these policies. We do not offer any insurance at all. All the above travel information is advisory only. If you would like more specific details then please speak to the French embassy in the UK or a travel organistion such as the AA or RAC. We carry no responsibility for the accuracy of this information
HEALTH: Doctors, Dentists and Hospitals
Brittany is well served for its medical needs, having the highest percentage of doctors per head of population in France. It's important to know that there is somewhere you can get immediate treatment in an emergency so we have found a local doctor and dentist who both speak fluent English. Full details of both of these are included in the House Folder supplied in each gite. The doctor is in Ploermel, less than fifteen minutes away and you can see him six mornings per week by appointment The dentist is in Malestroit. The local A&E is also at Ploermel and is open 24/7. Many doctors speak English. Ploermel hospital is large, new and very efficient. There are huge hospitals in Vannes and Rennes as well- just over half an hour away
There is free Wi-Fi at Maisons Bleue, Rose, Violet, Orange, Blanche and Crème so you will need to bring a tablet, laptop or smartphone with you if you'd like to use it
Please note that the internet speeds here in Brittany are not as fast as you may be used to in the UK (we have the highest available). It's fine for e mail, general internet use, social networking sites etc but we cannot guarantee its speed, reliability or functionality as we offer it as a FREE service. We are in the hands of France Telecom and Orange, and although it tends to be fine most of the time it does have hiccups occasionally
Many local cafe's and bars have a free Wi-Fi service as do most large supermarkets and restaurants. Mobile phone coverage is very good in most areas
BREXIT TRAVEL INFORMATION: As of September 2019
The following is Brexit information as far as we can find out- we can't guarantee any of it unfortunately as things seem to change !
Brittany Ferries have said on their website ......"Whether you have already booked or are thinking of travelling with us, deal or no deal, Brittany Ferries will continue to operate all routes after the UK has withdrawn from the European Union. The fundamentals of travel by sea will not change regardless of the post-Brexit landscape, so please continue to book with confidence"
Passports :The Goverment advises that you should ensure that there are at least six months duration reminiang on your passport from your date of arrival abroad. For the latest information, visit the government’s webpage on passports
EHIC Health Cards: These are not the same a private travel insurance policy. In the event of a deal, EHIC cards will be valid during the 18 month transition period. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs are unlikely to be valid. We recommend that you take out private travel and health health insurance with your bank or favourite insurer. This can be done online or at your local branch. We do not offer any insurance
Driving in Europe: The government is advising that from 31st October 2019 in the event of no-deal, you may need an International Driving Permit to drive in certain EU countries. These are available 'over the counter' from the UK Post Office for a fee of £5.50 and are valid for three years. In addition to the payment of £5.50 you will need to supply proof of ID (such as a passport), your UK driving licence and a passport sized photo. It's all fairly simple ! You can also obtain an international driving licence online if you prefer.
You may also need a Green Card from you car insurance company. All insurance companies offer these and they are obtainable either online via their website or by phoning them direct