Leisure & Sport activities around Le Mont St Michel
Welcome to Normandy, a region steeped in history, and home to cider making and Calvados.
The region attracts visitors worldwide, who enjoy its spectacular coastline, lush forests, pretty villages and impressive historical monuments.
Nature and History
Le Mont St Michel is a 'must see'. Its fine architecture has beckoned visitors for over a thousand years. The rocky outcrop rises 80 metres and this impressive monument is one of the major tourist attractions in France. The spring tides are the most impressive in Europe whilst its nighttime illumination ensures its presence is constantly visible.
The Bay of Mont St Michel is a haven for wildlife, especially the marshlands that attract an abundance of waterfowl. Its savage beauty can be enjoyed on foot, by mountain bike or through Pony Trekking.
For anglers, Normandy offers excellent freshwater and coarse fishing, the tidal stretch of the River Couesnon at Pontorson is a picturesque spot.
The best way to appreciate the variety of the South Normandy coastline is to take the coastal route to Granville from Genets (just outside Avranches). You will pass through quaint seaside resorts, some of which have bracing stretches of beach suitable for walks and beach combing. Others, with long expanses of sand, are suitable for bathing.
Local markets are an essential ingredient of French life. Pontorson's popular Wednesday market fills the main street with regional produce ranging from cider and Calvados to local cheeses and livestock. Can you resist a crepe du chocolat as you browse?
There are plenty of entertainment opportunities in the region, including Pony Trekking, Mountain Biking and Land yachting.
There are also numerous musical events held throughout the year along with theme parks, mazes and zoos, including zoo-bourbansais.
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Just a short drive away is the forest of Villecartier that features a tree-top assault course and a beautiful lake
Only 30 minutes away lies Fourgeres with its original 15th century houses and magnificent medieval castle
Cancale is a delightful cosmopolitan resort with an abundance of seaside restaurants.
St Malo has a fortified old town, lovely beach and hosts musical festivals throughout the year.
St James / Combourg
Ducey / Villedieu-Les-Poeles
Pontorson / St Hiliare-du-Harcouet
Carolles / St Pair-sur-Mer
Jullouville / Brecey
Avranches / Granville
Cancale / St Jean-Le-Thomas
We had a great holiday, there was so much to do! We especially enjoyed the tree top assault course at Villecartier and land yatching. The Mont St Michel is beautiful and well worth a visit David, Sarah and Michael