Your trip kicks off from above the bay in the town of Granville, home to many harbours. Stroll around its narrow lanes, head up to its rampart walk or immerse yourself in the yearly carnival before motoring to Avranches. Plan to spend the whole of the next day exploring one of the pride and joys of France, Mont-Saint-Michel. You will then have earned a delicious (sea)food feast at Cancale, famous for its oysters.
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Life at Granville revolves around its harbours, yet, its ramparts are also worth a tour. The road to Avranches commands a multitude of fine points of view. Budding photographers will be spoiled for choice from Jullouville, Pignon Butor and Champeaux cliffs. The picturesque streets, botanical gardens, point of view over the bay from the hill and the opportunity to see the rare Mont-Saint-Michel manuscripts are just a few of the reasons to stop at Avranches.
MyTtripTailor advice: Enquire about crossings to the Chausey Isles, well worth a visit.
Mont-Saint-Michel at last, acclaimed nationally and internationally for its outstanding natural site and stunning architecture. Approach the Mont slowly, ideally on foot (allow 30-40 minutes), along a gracefully curved footpath. Allow a full day to properly explore its steep lanes, visit the abbey and stop for a tasty pancake or omelette (local specialties).
MyTripTailor advice : Don’t leave before admiring the bay at sunset – a breathtaking sight from the church !
Say aurevoir to Normandy, as you will soon find yourself over the border in Ille-et-Vilaine, a département of northern Brittany. The last stage of this tour around the bay takes you to Cancale, a major oyster-growing centre (the local oyster is the flat belon). Watching the toing-and-froing of trailers laden high with oysters, merchants and return of the fishing boats at high tide adds a distinctive flavour to this town. Take the time to stroll around the wharfs and the district at the foot of the cliffs.
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