Cities on the Normady’s coast :
The medieval island village of Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits right off France’s Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River. Crowned by a Gothic abbey that sits atop the rocky isle, Mont Saint-Michel rises dramatically from the tidal flats of the bay, creating one of the country’s most recognizable images. It’s a must-see for history buffs and those interested in religious sites.
Avranches : la cité et le musée des manuscrits : 25 kms
Granville : A detour to the old town is a must when visiting Granville ! Sheltered by ramparts, you will find elegant private residences, the Richard Anacréon Modern Art Museum and a museum dedicated to the Old town of Granville (musée du Vieux Granville). From the historical center, take a stroll to the Roc, where you can visit the aquarium Le Roc des Harmonies and the Semaphore. 58 kms
American D-Day beaches : Retrace the steps of American D-Day troops on a full-day tour of Normandy’s US landing sectors from Bayeux. Travel by air-conditioned minivan with your expert guide, and stand at key landing and drop points, including Omaha Beach and St-Mere-Eglise. See the battle sites at La Pointe du Hoc, inspect the German batteries at Longues Sur Mer, and visit Arromanches, the Utah Beach Museum and Normandy American Cemetery to remember those who gave their lives in June 1944.
Cities on the Brittany coast :
Saint Malo : plan to go first in the Intramuros of the “Corsair city”, see the fortifications and
Afterward, take in the extramuros of Saint-Malo for about 1 hour, and explore quiet places where you can enjoy a moment away from the crowds. Perhaps enjoy a picnic made of fresh local products, and/or visit the Tour Solidor, cité d’Aleth or the Rance river.
Cancale : the habour, walks until “la Pointe du Grouin” : 25 kms
Dol de Bretagne : cathedrale and the history of the city : 12 kms
Dinard : le barrage de la Rance, la ville : 40 kms
Rennes : Enter the historical center, and go exploring through its tiny cobbled streets. You need to hear about the history of Rennes and Brittany and you will understand the reasons why Brittany is so particular in the French History. You will see attractions like Le Parlement, Place Sainte-Anne, Place des Lices (outdoor market), and try to learn about the villages surrounding in greater Brittany (Brocéliande, Fougères, Vitré, …). Afterward, take in the Thabor Garden for about 30 minutes, and explore quiet places where you can enjoy a moment away from the crowds. Perhaps enjoy a picnic made of fresh local products.
Dinan : 40 kms : A preserved medieval heritage, the remarkable architecture of the eighteenth, green landscapes of the Rance, no doubt you are in Dinan!
Saint Lunaire, Saint Briac : an old seafaring village nicknamed “Pearl” of the Emerald Coast, has preserved around its church, old quarters with narrow alleys and particular charm. An exceptional seaside resort, between the river and the sea, it will seduce lovers of nature and wide open sea.
It’s posible for you to stay 2 weeks, 3 weeks … and still have thinks to do and to visit !
So just don’t forget also to just relax, have fun and enjoy !
Gaëlle & Sylvain