With close to a week to explore around Saint-Malo and glorious weather, we decided a little cycle to Mont Saint-Michel was in order. Fortunately, the bikes we hired were E-type as the winds are vicious in this area and we bucked a headwind in both directions!
The ride from Saint-Malo is along the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel which experiences some of the largest tides in Europe, an average of 10m. The bay is quite shallow so around Mont Saint-Michel, the water recedes up to 10km.
|Satellite view from Google Maps|
Much of the ride was along the flat salt marshes where sheep are raised for the famed salt marsh lamb. Like wines, this is a protected designation of origin (AOC) and only lamb from this area can be sold as "prés-salés du Mont Saint-Michel" We also rode by the oyster farms for which Cancale is famous.
|The salt marshes are very flat and very windy!|
Mont Saint-Michel is magnificent. An abbey surrounded by a maze of ancient buildings perched on a tiny island at the end of the vast tidal bay. We chose our day to visit (Tuesday) well. Mont Saint-Michel is celebrating a mere thousand years since the first stone was laid in its construction and President Macron paid a visit on Monday.
|Scene from the Bayeux Tapestry - Harold rescuing knights from quicksand at Saint Mont-Michel|
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)