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Dogs and tourism in Trégor, the impossible equation? -Lannion



At the Bretagne Côte de Granit Rose tourist office, the answer is clear: there is no “dog friendly” label. But in the Flavor Guide, given to the office, there is a presentation of restaurants, bars and cafes with different pictograms including the one indicating that dogs on a leash are accepted. The same goes for accommodation. On the other hand, in the Leisure Guide, nothing indicates whether doggies are accepted or not. It is up to the master to consult the websites or to call before setting off.

Although tourist offices are happy to provide information on accommodation and rentals accessible with a dog, they do not have a specific label. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

And the beaches?

If each tourist office is able to inform visitors about the authorized beaches for dogs, it should be noted that the dates vary from one municipality to another, which does not allow editing a support. But in principle, the hosts mention this type of information on their own site. And the tourist office is happy to provide a list of beaches accessible to dogs in the Trégor, at a given time, which may vary.

To read on the subjectOn the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Grève, a red zone prohibited for animals

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In Saint-Michel-en-Grève, things are clear… but not simple! Pay attention to the dates (prohibited from May 1 to September 30) and the demarcated area, not so easy to gauge. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

Dogs and cars don’t mix

The most important ? Prepare your trip well beforehand. The sad story of two dogs, Lulu and Nimbus, who died of dehydration in July 2021, after a long journey from Maubeuge (59) to Ploubazlanec, illustrates this: the dogs suffer a lot from the heat in the car, during the journey, but also when stationary or when the car is parked for a long time. So the car as a refuge, we forget.

An unsolvable puzzle?

Because of course, it is not good to leave your dog in the car. But if the restaurant refuses them? If the beach is forbidden to them? If we can’t leave them alone in the hotel room, mobile home or gîte? The puzzle can turn into a nightmare.

Saint Efflam beach
In Saint-Michel-en-Grève, things are clear: all the accesses to the beach bear these unambiguous signs. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

The solution ? Leaving your dog in a kennel, knowing that it will cost an average of €20 per day, food included, and that the vaccines will have to be up to date. If you have several dogs, the bill can be steep… There are also foster families for dogs (amimalin.com). That said, many dog ​​owners can’t see themselves leaving without their pet. And that is what will guide their choice.

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If many beaches are accessible to dogs in winter, it is different in summer, even if the dog is on a leash. Question of hygiene and peace of mind. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

Find compatible doggie accommodation

Although most campsites accept dogs (preferably small ones!), they often charge a supplement of around €2 to €3 per dog per day. And of course, no question of leaving the dog alone in the rental or in the car. Visiting museums, exhibitions, the swimming pool… You have to forget. On the other hand, the hiking trails are open to dogs on a leash, without restriction.

Take your dog on vacation
He also wants to go on vacation! And above all, to follow his master wherever he goes… (Le Télégramme / Françoise Tavernier)

For hotels, lodges or rentals, the “accept animals” selection will do the sorting. On the Gîtes de France side, the mention “welcome to animals” indicates the accommodation that accepts them free of charge.

Some accommodations specify that they only accept dogs under 30 kg (exit the golden retriever and the Australian shepherd, favorite dogs of the French), some accept two or even three dogs, but this is very rare. A supplement is often requested (2 to 3 € per day and per dog, but sometimes up to 20 €!). To quickly target dog-friendly accommodation, there are many websites: EmmèneTonChien.com, for example, which assigns a Qualidog label to hotels and campsites, depending on whether they are more or less “dog friendly”. Pet friendly Label is a Facebook community, a “pet friendly” hotel booking site that guarantees a warm welcome for animals. You can also consult the Holiwoof site, and Animauxadmis.fr; The list is not exhaustive.

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In Plestin-les-Grèves, things are clear: all the accesses to the beach carry these signs. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

What about bars and restaurants?

Many bars accept dogs and even offer them a bowl of fresh water; restaurants are sometimes more reluctant when it comes to eating inside. That said, in Lannion for example, out of 16 restaurants listed by the tourist office, 12 accept dogs. Better then a calm and well-educated dog, which does not disturb either the service or the other consumers. Same thing if you want to go to the market: not easy to navigate between the stalls with a dog on a leash, on the markets of Plestin or Lannion, which are often crowded.

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Head for the woods or the countryside, away from the tourist circuits! But be careful, if you walk in a nature reserve or a protected site, the dog must be attached. (The Telegram/Françoise Tavernier)

To know more

Pink Granite Coast Tourist Office, permanent offices in Lannion, Perros-Guirec, Plestin-les-Grèves, Pleumeur-Bodou, Trébeurden, Trégastel, and Tréguier, seasonal offices in Lézardrieux, Pleubian, Plouaret, Penvénan, Plougrescant, Trédrez -Locquémeau and Trévou-Tréguignec. For any questions, a single number: 02 96 05 60 70.

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