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France, Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Cherrueix (vue aérienne)
Les Rochers Sculptes (Sculptures) in Rotheneuf, Saint-Malo
Saint Malo - France
Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
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70 kms along the Brittany coast
Seasoned cyclists, this 70km circuit is for you! Following the Velomaritime® with the Bay of Mont St-Michel as the backdrop, head towards Saint Malo, the corsaire city whose historical fame is well documented. You will cross the preserved natural landscapes that skirt the Breton coastline, to the ceaseless rhythm of the strongest tides in Europe. you will enjoy a wonderful stop-over in Cancale, a fishing port of the Cote d’Emeraude with its unspoilt authenticity and renowned oysters, to replenish on oligoelements.
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Your cycle tour starts at Mont Saint-Michel. Take a whole day to visit it. First off, explore la Grande-rue, narrow, climbing up and lined with old houses (15th-16th century), before heading to the Logis Tiphanie and the Museum of the Sea (Musée de la Mer).
Head up to visit the Abbey: its Hall of Guards, its cloister, its terraces and especially Le Merveille, the superb Gothic ensemble which occupies the north face, and has six main rooms spread across three levels.
My Trip Tailor Tip: To access the abbey, avoid the main street that gets crowded very quickly crowded: instead of entering via la Porte de l’Avancée which gives access to the mont, follow the wall to the left towards the Tour des Fanils. Go under the porch and follow the path that winds up to the parapet walk that leads you directly to the abbey!
With the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel as the backdrop, this section of the route takes you to the Vivier-sur-Mer which is home to numerous households specialising in shellfish culture. The kilometres of poles seen in the bay, as well as the curious aluminium-wheeled boats, leave no doubt on the local activity: mussel farming on bouchots. You can even leave your bikes for a mytili-mobile trip!
My trip Tailor tip: To learn more about the culture of bouchots mussels, visit the Maison de la Baie.
The next day, head for Cancale, and the oyster farming centre renowned for its Belons. There are plenty of good quality restaurants in and around the picturesque fishing port of La Houle. The comings and goings of the oyster-laden dumpers, the merchants and the return of the fishing boats at high tide help to give the port a special hustle and bustle.
You can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the quay and through the neighbourhood set against the cliffs, whose narrow lanes were once inhabited by fishermen.
My Trip Tailor tip: Rest your bikes for a while and take the trail that winds along the cliff to the beautiful rocks of Rothéneuf.
It’s time to leave Cancale, taking the road to Saint-Malo along one of Brittany’s most beautiful coasts. Leave your bikes in the Pointe du Grouin parking area and follow a path to the right of the semaphore that leads directly to the tip. The wonderful view extends from Cape Fréhel to Granville, passing through the Mont-St-Michel bay. Offshore, you can even make out the Chausey Islands.
My Trip tailor Tip: Before entering the Corsaire city, go and admire the villas of Parame, a neighbourhood adjoining Saint-Malo and renowned for its vast stretch of fine sand that extends to the point at Rochebonne.
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