Le Morbihan en Camping-Car: tips, areas, itineraries

Morbihan

How to visit Morbihan in a motorhome or van? Generation Voyage sheds some light on the subject in this article!

Are you planning to visit Morbihan in a motorhome or converted van? You’re quite right. A touring holiday in the south of Brittany is indeed a great idea for a destination. Morbihan is one of Brittany’s undisputed gems, and one of France’s most popular holiday areas. With its remarkable natural, historical and cultural heritage, the department offers unforgettable experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a sporting, cultural, culinary or relaxing vacation, there’s no shortage of things to do and see when you visit Morbihan by motorhome. On the program: the wild coast of Quiberon and its peninsula, Vannes and Lorient, Carnac and its menhir alignments, the islands of the Gulf of Morbihan. The department is full of unmissable sites.

Here’s our little guide to preparing your trip and visiting Morbihan in a motorhome or converted van.

Route ideas in Morbihan by motorhome

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Covering an area of 6,823 km², Morbihan is the second largest département in the Brittany region. Its coastline, nicknamed the « Côte des Mégalithes », bears witness to its rich history. Indeed, Morbihan is home to the highest concentration of megaliths in the world, at the Carnac alignments.

To establish your itineraries, you need to define the nature of your trip (beach, culture, sport, historical heritage) and adjust your stops according to the length of your journey. For a weekend, your trip will be nothing more than a short nature or city getaway, without really discovering the area. A week on the road will give you a good idea.

The department is so rich in things to see and do that you’ll need several weeks to explore it all. The good thing is that you won’t need a vacation rental in Morbihan!

Here are a few itinerary ideas if you don’t know where to go:

  • Morbihan in 3 to 5 days: Vannes, Île-d’Arz and Île-aux-Moines, Damgan, Quiberon and the wild coast beaches, Ty Bihan beach and Pointe Saint-Colomban, Carnac, Lorient ;
  • Morbihan in 10 to 15 days: same stages, plus Larmor-Baden, Locmariaquer, Sarzeau, Arzon and the Rhuys peninsula, Belle-Île-en-Mer, Houat and Hœdic islands,Groix island and its beaches (Les Grands Sables, Pointe de la Croix, Locmaria), Erdeven and Kerhillio beach, Sainte-Barbe beach, Pénestin (cliffs of Mine d’Or beach);
  • Morbihan in 20 to 30 days: same stages, plus inland with Ploërmel, Brocéliande forest at Paimpont (Île-et-Vilaine side), Locminé, Pontivy, Rochefort-en-Terre.

If you still have time after this ambitious tour, explore Brittany’s must-see sites in the neighbouring départements: Qimperlé, Quimper, the Cornouaille coast, Brest and the rugged coastline of the Mer d’Iroise, the Crozon peninsula.

You can also visit Rennes, Saint-Malo, Saint-Brieuc, the Emerald Coast and the Pink Granite Coast in the Côtes d’Armor.

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Driving a motorhome in Morbihan: traffic rules to know

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Wondering how to drive around Morbihan in a motorhome? Note that 99% of the department’s road network is made up of departmental and communal roads. Morbihan has 248 kilometers of national roads and 4,191 kilometers of departmental roads. So you’ll be driving on small roads most of the time. This can make crossing complicated in a motorhome.

The department’s relief is rather gentle. On the coast, altitudes vary from 30 to 50 meters. The western hinterland is relatively hilly, with the Lanvaux moors and the Black Mountains around Gourin. The highest point in Morbihan is only 297 meters above sea level, at Mont Saint-Joseph. Driving a motorhome in Morbihan is therefore, on the face of it, no problem at all.

However, Morbihan is a department that is regularly drenched by rain and swept by winds. It should be noted that driving in inclement weather requires aheightened level of concentration and vigilance. You need to adapt your driving to the weather conditions. Slow down (or don’t speed up if you’re already driving at a walking pace) in rainy or windy conditions, as soggy roads can lead to skidding and accidents. In the event of a violent thunderstorm (it happens even in Brittany), don’t hesitate to pull off the road if visibility is poor.

The speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h if visibility falls below 50 metres due to fog. Here are our final tips for driving a motorhome: pay attention to the height and width of the vehicle to avoid snags on the bodywork when maneuvering. Be careful when driving over speed bumps and traffic circles. Extend braking distances and don’t be influenced by the cars behind you. Just because a motorist is tailgating doesn’t mean you should accelerate: pull over to the side of the road and let them overtake you.

Freeway tolls in Morbihan: what price for your category of motorhome?

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Here’s a rule to remember, which applies to the whole of Brittany: there are no freeways in Morbihan. No freeway means no toll roads. There are, however, dual carriageways, on which the speed limit is 110 km/h. Vinci Autoroutes has been unable to expand its operations in the region. We often hear that this is the result of a geopolitical issue dating back to the end of the 15th century.

In fact, Brittany’s freeways were created by government decision in 1968 to open up the peninsula to the rest of France. However, the law stipulates that there can be no conceded (and paying) road if there is no alternative route. Visiting Morbihan by motorhome using the expressways will therefore be free: on the N24 (Rennes-Lorient), the N165 (Brest-Nantes) and the N166 (Ploërmel-Vannes).

How and where to rent a motorhome in France?

Would you like to visit Morbihan by motorhome, but don’t own a vehicle? It’s now very easy to rent these vehicles between private individuals, especially in France. Numerous online platforms, such as Yescapa, make this type of rental possible.

How does it work?

  • First, you need to choose the motorhome in your city (e.g. Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse, Paris, Montpellier or Marseille).
  • Make sure you choose unlimited mileage, check the number of berths available and whether international travel is possible.
  • Make your rental request online and share your travel information (dates, rental options, mileage, etc.) with the owner.
  • If your request is accepted and after payment, you will have access to the owner’s contact details to arrange a first meeting.
  • On the day, present your driver’s license and pay the deposit.
  • An inventory of fixtures is drawn up and a rental contract is signed by both parties. You’ll need to sign it as soon as you return from Morbihan, and once you’ve done that, you’re all set!

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RV parks in Morbihan: where to park?

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When you’re unfamiliar with a destination, the question of parking is a worrying one. Where can you park and, above all, where can you sleep in your motorhome? Sleeping in your vehicle is authorized by French law, but certain practices must be respected if you don’t want to be considered as wild camping.

If you’re parked in a public space, please don’t take out any chocks or camping equipment (tables, chairs, gas stove, satellite dish, etc.). You’ll be able to park on all sites in blue zones (free parking for a limited time, with parking disc) and white zones (paid or free). In larger towns such as Vannes and Lorient, spaces can be hard to find, especially during the summer season.

If you’re travelling by camper van, you won’t be able to use underground parking lots: opt for dedicated camper van parks, often on the outskirts of town centers.

Sleeping in a motorhome on the coast can be tricky, especially in summer. Choose areas where no bans have been issued by municipal or prefectoral decree. It’s also best to avoid natural parks, such as the Golfe du Morbihan. If you want to set up legally, the Morbihan department has a number of service areas dedicated to motor caravans.

In a converted van, you’ll find it easier to go unnoticed. However, if you find an area that’s not too crowded, you can give it a try. Don’t want to spend hours looking for a spot that’s both safe and pretty? The Park4night app will be an invaluable tool for finding what you’re looking for. The program references multiple places (parking lots, campsites, service areas, isolated spots, etc.) to set up, shared by a community of travelers.

When is the best time to travel in a motorhome in Morbihan?

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But what about the weather conditions during your stay? Nobody wants to visit Morbihan by motorhome in the rain and wind! The best season to visit Morbihan by motorhome is logically spring and summer, between early June and late September.

Morbihan’s climate is temperate oceanic on the coast. Inland, the climate is degraded oceanic. As a result, the weather is mild all year round, with moderately hot summers (except during heatwaves), mild winters and abundant rainfall. Rainfall, however, varies almost twofold: it exceeds 1,300 mm in the north-west of the département, but is less than 700 mm on the islands and the south coast (Belle-Île, Quiberon, Rhuys peninsula).

Average maximum temperatures (in Lorient, for example) range from 8.9°C in January to 22°C in July. In Vannes, on the other hand, average maximum temperatures are higher, fluctuating between 9.3°C (January) and 24.1°C (July).

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