Every month, live a unforgetable moment with the high tide in Mont St Michel!
There’s more to the area than Mont Saint Michel!
Take advantage of your trip to Mont St Michel to discover other outstanding attractions in Mont St Michel Bay and Brittany: stop off in Rennes or Dol-de-Bretagne on the return journey or push on as far as St Malo, Dinan, Cancale, Avranches, Granville, etc.
Mont St Michel... and Rennes:
On your way to Mont St Michel, make the most of your stopover at Rennes and spend a day in the capital of Brittany.
Arriving at Rennes bus station on the return journey from Mont St Michel, take a couple of hours to discover the Rennes and its old town centre:
Take the metro at the train station (the entrance to the metro is between the bus station and the train station), direction J.F. Kennedy. Get off at the 3rd station, Ste Anne. From there, walk to the tourist office through the streets of old Rennes, which are lined with half-timbered houses. The tourist office is located in a refurbished former chapel which also houses an exceptional permanent exhibition on the town’s history. Next, explore Rennes' many attractions, including the Parlement of Brittany, and the astounding architecture of Place de la Mairie, Palais du commerce and Champs Libres, a cultural centre designed by Christian de Portzamparc, before returning to the station. This walk will show you the centre of Rennes and its main monuments, its pedestrian streets, shopping areas and cafés.
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Focus on… Le Marché des Lices:
Every Saturday morning, Rennes showcases its warm friendly atmosphere with the second largest market in France, which takes place at place des Lices, in the heart of the city. Discover the wealth of local produce at the stalls of this authentic French market.
After a visit to Mont Saint Michel on the Friday, why not spend the night in Rennes and come to place des Lices on Saturday morning, to wander, savour and admire the architecture of old Rennes.
Mont St Michel... and Dol de Bretagne:
The historical town of Dol de Bretagne is a renowned for the wealth of its architecture. This small town, which has a population of 5000, is located halfway between Saint-Malo and Mont Saint Michel. You will fall for the charm of this lovely town when you visit the cathedral of Saint Samson and see the quaint half-timbered houses.
Arriving in Dol at 16.40 after spending the day at Mont Saint-Michel, you can wander around the town centre and visit the Cathedral of St Samson, an old Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral. You can then take the local TER train for Rennes and take the TGV for Paris. You can also choose to spend the night in one of the hotels or guesthouses in this medieval town, taking one of the many trains scheduled the next morning.
Mont St Michel... and St Malo:
Discover Saint Malo – founded in the 12th century and famous both for its ramparts and forts and for the men who have marked its history, such as the explorer Jacques Cartier, the writer François-René de Chateaubriand and the privateer René Duguay Trouin.
To get to St Malo from Mont St Michel: After spending the day at Mont St Michel, take the regional train to Dol-de-Bretagne. Then, take the train for St Malo. Arriving in St Malo at 17.27, you can head for the old town on foot (25 min) or take the KSMA C1 or C2 bus in the direction of St Vincent (the bus stop is right in front of the train station).
Once inside the town walls, you can walk around the ramparts and admire the many forts built on islands around the bay of St Malo. You can also indulge in a spot of window shopping along the alleyways, or treat yourself to a delicious seafood platter or a savoury galette pancake.
Later, you can relax at one of the many hotels in the town, before leaving for Paris the next day with the direct TGV or take one of the trains for Rennes, where you can change to the Paris-bound TGV.
Mont St Michel... and Cancale:
Cancale on the Emerald Coast is a foodlovers’ delight. Renowned for its flat oysters, this village at the end of Mont St. Michel Bay remains a must-see, particularly the enchanting harbour area, known as La Houle.
To get to Cancale from Mont St Michel: Go to St Malo and then take the KSMA No. 10 bus.
Mont St Michel … and Dinan:
Dinan is a medieval town which boasts the oldest ramparts in all Brittany, the Basilica of Saint Sauveur, the Couvent des Cordeliers and the old quarter.
To get to Dinan from Mont St Michel: Take the regional train to Dol-de-Bretagne and then take the SNCF train to Dinan.
Mont St Michel... and Avranches:
Located in Basse-Normandie, the town of Avranches is renowned for its history of which it retains many traces, including the Château, the episcopal palace, the botanic gardens and many more...
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Mont St Michel... and Granville:
The seaside resort of Granville, in the Manche, has many sights worth seeing, including L'Aquarium du Roc and a museum dedicated to the famous designer Christian Dior.