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A fishing port and an Oyster centre

Cancale is a jewel of the Emerald Coast in Brittany, at the western end of the Bay of mont Saint-Michel. The city is famous for its flat oysters and shells. This fishing port and oyster centre is located in the hedge of Mont-St.-Michel. But Cancale is also a seaside resort where it makes good to stroll on the quays and jetties at the small port of swell.

The top of the church tower, views of Cancale and Mont-St-Michel Bay is beautiful. Many shops, hotels and restaurants welcome the tourists along the fishing port and of the dike. Tasting of oysters at the end of dam are possible throughout the year.

Brief summary of history

The Vikings have ravaged Cancale and the country of Dol in 996. Cancale is known since the 11th century for its sailors engaged in fishing in Newfoundland on the cod of Saint-Malo. Return from their fishing campaign, sailors practice from October to March the inshore fishing, gardening and harvesting oysters. François Ier grants in 1545 the town of Cancale the title of 'city' for its quality of supplier to the Royal table flat oysters.

Numerous attempts at landing on the part of the English, in order to attack Saint-Malo by the Earth, take place in 1758 and 1779. Where the construction plans by Vauban's fort of the Rimains which is the fortress in the area at the time the most powerful sea.

More than one hundred million flat oyster being extracted from the Bay, Louis XVI annually publishes in 1787 an order regulating the dredging of oysters to avoid depletion of the natural deposit. Before World War II, boats were sailing, and then they were replaced by motor (trawlers and boats) fishing boats.

Walks in Cancale

The port of the swell is bordered by a picturesque cliff, narrow-backed and inhabited by fishermen. The comings and goings of the dumpers to oysters, merchants, the return of the high tide fishing vessels contribute to give this very common place a particular animation.

The pier of the hold of the spur was built in epi-unsinkable on 50 metres on the system of the ancient moles to facilitate docking, a unique system in France.

Is the pointe du Grouin Cancale northernmost tip. In its extension is the lighthouse of the Pierre-de-Harrison. This tip is used to draw the line of the Route du Rhum race.

Main monuments

The former Church of Saint-Méen built from 1715 to 1727. Of the upper platform of the new Church, there is a panorama lying on the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, Granville and steeples to round 40. A clear day, views of the Chausey Islands.

The former body guard of Doles, built in the 17th century in the Cove of the orchard. It's the last guards body built by Vauban on the sides of the island-et-Vilaine Department.

The museums of Cancale

The Navy (Museum on the oyster and shellfish) farm is located in the heart of an Oyster business. This museum explains the evolution of culture techniques of the oyster, and the profession of the oyster farmer through the ages. A beautiful collection of 1,500 shells from around the world.

The Museum of Arts and popular Traditions is installed in the former Church of Saint-Meen. It is devoted to the arts and traditions of the Cancale country: fishing, oyster farming, agriculture, life of the Cancale, headpieces and costumes and furniture.

The Museum of carved wood brings together amazing sculptures executed by the Abbé Quémerais (1879-1955), native of Cancale. More than 300 characters are thus represented on panels in oak, with such thoroughness in detail each stage seems to be animated.

Flat oysters from Cancale

Cancale oyster is characterized by a taste of iodine and salt with a nutty aftertaste.

Useful information :

Good to know :
Office of tourism of Cancale 44 Rue du Port, 35260 Cancale Tel. + 33 (0) 2 99 89 63 72

Free of charge.

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