Places to visit in Europe

Mont St Michel and its bay


View from the abbey of the mount St Michel towards the city of Avranches

The Bay of Mont Saint Michel is a region alone. Riding in Normandy and Brittany, the Bay of Mont Saint Michel imposes what men have failed to do: to bring together the Normandy and Brittany who were competing for Mount St Michel for centuries.

Nowadays, the Couesnon River, which flows into the sea right in front of Mount St Michel separates Brittany of Normandy. The mount and the abbey of St Michel are on the side of Normandy. Just as is the city and citadel of Avranches, which keeps nowadays the manuscripts of Mont Saint Michel in the new Scriptorial museum. Farther to the north, the charming port of Granville is not to be missed. Off Granville, in very clear weather, you can see the Channel islands (Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney). Between Mount St Michel and the Channel islands lie the Chausey islands that provided granite for building the abbey.

To the west of Mont Saint Michel, the bay stretches to the tip of Grouin and Cancale, a lovely port famous for its oysters and place of gastronomy. Shortly after Cancale, we arrive in Saint Malo, the city of privateers.