This rocky outcrop, the westernmost tip of Mont Saint-Michel Bay, is a stunningly beautiful, windswept headland, commanding some of the most breathtaking, sweeping views to be found in this area of Brittany. They make the walk along the sunken lanes to reach the tip thoroughly worth it!
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Experience the Pointe du Grouin
The Pointe du Grouin stretches majestically out to sea between Cancale and Saint-Malo. You can either walk there, from Cancale, along the 4 or so miles of footpath meandering between gorseland and pines, overlooking sheltered coves by the sea. The reward on reaching the tip will only feel all the more magical!
Or you can drive to the dedicated car park then continue on foot along the track that runs through scrubland towards the rocky coastline and cliffs with the waves crashing around them.
Who needs a widescreen TV?
From the tip, a glorious vista opens up before you, from Cap Fréhel all the way to Granville, taking in Mont Saint-Michel bay along the way. The mount of Mont Saint-Michel looms 15 miles away, while the Chausey islands can be made out in the distance. If you’re lucky, you might just spot a pod of dolphins that are regular patrons of these fish-rich waters. At low tide (so check the tide times!), you can head down along a path to explore a cave hollowed out in the cliff. On clear, mist-free evenings, the coastline lights up in the beautiful dusk glow.
Gliding to a stop
Opposite the lichen-carpeted slopes, beyond a channel where the tide rushes in and out, Île des Landes is a botanical and ornithological reserve. Time to get your binoculars out! The great cormorant is the site’s iconic bird. It shares the territory with other species of bird like the herring gull, oystercatcher, shelduck and shag.
Did you know
You won’t believe your eyes!
The priest known as Abbé Fouré, likened to the postman Cheval who also spent years fashioning a stone masterpiece of outsider art, sculpted 300 sea monsters and pirates into the Rothéneuf rock. A poetic stone wonder finally completed in 1910.
The show goes on!
From the Pointe du Grouin, the Sentier des Douaniers footpath and road continue along a surprisingly varied coastline. The coastal road leads all the way to the Anse du Verger cove. Further away, the Fort Du Guesclin watches over a beach of golden sand from atop its little island. The coast then mellows out along the Plage des Chevrets beach, between the Pointe du Meinga and Île Besnard, which you can reach via an isthmus.