Visit the area around Mont Saint-Michel
One of Brittany's most famous landmarks is just a few kilometers from Mont Saint-Michel. Take advantage of your stay at Mont Saint-Michel to spend a whole day discovering Saint-Malo, the corsair city. This ancient city of privateers is a busy port and seaside resort at the mouth of the Rance River. The Emerald Coast metropolis is squeezed onto a rocky islet. The Ville Close, 80% destroyed in 1944, has been remarkably rebuilt in granite. Its 15th-century castle and ramparts have remained intact, and the rampart walk commands a splendid view of the sea. Saint-Malo Museums: the large keep and the castle towers house interesting memorabilia on Jacques Cartier, Surcouf, Duguay-Trouin and Châteaubriand. These famous inhabitants of Saint-Malo are also vividly portrayed in the dioramas of the wax Historial in the large "Quicqu'en Groigne" tower. The Saint-Vincent cathedral and the privateers' houses overlooking the port have been saved. A fine view from the Grand Be islet, accessible at low tide, where Châteaubriand rests facing out to sea.
A Corsair town to visit: Granville
Depart from Mont Saint-Michel and discover the "corsair town" of Granville. Its famous fishing port, from which the cod fishermen of Terre Neuve set sail, preserves the memory of this period by housing the last wooden terre-neuvier, the Marité. Known to the public as the home of the Thalassa TV crew, the Marité can still be visited. The fishing port on the edge of the ramparts is the starting point for a tour of the pedestrian streets, the market and the Christian Dior house. You can also admire the town's mansions, the Musée du Vieux Granville (Old Granville Museum), which presents the Newfoundland epic, and the Richard Anacréon Museum of Modern Art.
Offshore, the Chausey islands Don't forget to take the ferry to the Chausey islands, with their white sandy beaches, the Le Roc des Harmonies aquarium and the Semaphore. But you can't leave Granville, France's leading shellfish port, without tasting its seafood specialities such as whelks, scallops and other fish.