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Out and about in Northern France

There is much to see and do in the local area in this historic part of North West France, take a look at just a few places of interest below.

LE MONT SAINT MICHELDestination: - Mont St. Michel

Distance: - approx 40km - 25 - 30 mins
A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.
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Museum of the Bayeux TapestryDestination: - Museum of the "Bayeux Tapestry"

Distance: - approx 110km - 75 mins
The Bayeux Tapestry gives information of a historical nature that no other source has provided. It begins with the description of Harold's eventful journey to Normandy (landing in Ponthieu, meeting with the Duke William, expedition in Brittany and oath on the sacred relics of Bayeux). It then depicts Harold's return to England and his coronation after the death of King Edward the Confessor. Finally it describes the preparation for William's expedition, the crossing of the Channel, and the Battle of Hastings.
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St MaloDestination: - St Malo

Distance: - approx 85km - 65 mins
Saint-Malo is a port city in Brittany, in France's northwest. Tall granite walls surround the old town, which was once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king). The Saint-Malo Cathedral, in the center of the old town, is built in Romanesque and Gothic styles and features stained-glass windows depicting city history. Nearby is La Demeure de Corsaire, an 18th-century privateer’s house and museum.
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Cancale OystersDestination: - Cancale

Distance: - approx 78km - 60 mins
Mention Cancale to a Frenchman or a foodie and the instant response will be ‘oysters’; the magnificent molluscs have been cultivated in this attractive fishing village for hundreds of years. To find out more about the history and production of oyster farming head to La Ferme Marine, a family company where you can see the farmers at work and visit an exhibition of shellfish from around the world; there’s also some very nice shell-inspired jewellery in the on-site shop.

As you’d imagine, Cancale has a wide range of restaurants where you can sample the ‘king of shellfish’ and the best ones are situated around the port, La Houle; if you’re short on time or cash, buy a tray from a stallholder to take away. Keen cooks should book a cookery lesson at the culinary school of Olivier Roellinger, the now-retired three-star Michelin chef, where you’ll learn how to turn humble seafood into a gastronomic feast.

There are also breathtaking views over the Baie de St Michel and scenic walks around the coast. The old town of Cancale is above the port and here you’ll find the Église St Méen, named after the Welsh saint who settled here in the 6th century. Inside the church is the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, which recounts the town’s history; it’s from here that the town’s main festival takes place on 15th August, Les Reposoirs, which celebrates the Virgin Mary, the protector of sailors.

FougeresDestination: - Fougeres

Distance: - approx 25km - 20 mins
The main reason to visit Fougères is to see its magnificent castle, one of the finest fortresses in Europe, but this little town on the Brittany-Normandy border also has a lovely medieval district and a lively Saturday-morning market.
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RennesDestination: - Rennes

Distance: - approx 75km - 60 mins
The vibrant university city of Rennes, Brittany’s administrative capital, is worth a day or two of anyone’s time. Take a wander around the medieval streets of the picture-perfect old town and admire the impressive parliament building before relaxing in the Thabor gardens.
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GranvilleDestination: - Granville

Distance: - approx 60km - 50 mins
Granville commands stunning views of the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel from its fortified headland. Enjoy this invigorating resort’s wonderful array of ports, quarters and beaches, plus its museums, one devoted to local genius Christian Dior. Ferries from Granville serve the magical Chausey Islands archipelago, like a mirage 15km out to sea, plus the Channel Islands.
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Ange MichelAnge Michell Theme Park

Distance: - approx 20km - 15 mins
A fun filled day out for all the family, your little ones will love the rides and adventures at this family theme park.

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