Bicycling in Brittany: Cancale Is A Feast For The Eyes And Palate!

Cancale has been the surprise of my bicycling trip in Northern France.  I knew that the D-Day Beaches and historical sights would be amazing, and of course, there was no question about the beauty of Mont Saint Michel. But I didn’t really have any expectation of Cancale, other than I hoped to eat some great oysters there.  Cancale was amazing in every way.  Visually it was intoxicating from my first sight at the top of a long descent to the harbor.

First view of Cancale
First view of Cancale

Gastronomically it is a seafood lover’s paradise.  I was happy to have had such a physically demanding week of cycling because I had no guilt whatsoever eating whatever I wanted there.

Incredible bouchot mussels
Incredible bouchot mussels
Cancale oysters
Cancale oysters
Assortment of the sea
Assortment of the sea
Crepes of every variety
Crepes of every variety
Local cheeses
Local cheeses
The incredibly decadent local specialty Kouign Amann
The incredibly decadent local specialty Kouign Amann

My room above La Table de Breizh Cafe, one of the most famous restaurants in town was a complete delight and overlooked the entire Cancale Harbor.  New and perfectly decorated with Japanese practicality, the B&B was only a small splurge at 108 Euro including a terrific breakfast.

My room over Breizh Cafe
My room over Breizh Cafe

The views from the room were incredible.  Certainly this is a bit of heaven in Brittany.

View from my room at low tide
View from my room at low tide
View from my room at high tide
View from my room at high tide

Cancale has a huge 15 meter tide so the appearance of the town at the change of tides is amazing.  We were lucky enough to arrive at low tide when it’s possible to see all the oyster beds.

Oyster beds at low tide in Cancale
Oyster beds at low tide in Cancale

Watching the harvesting equipment at work was amazing.  Sitting and eating an oyster appetizer on the sea wall was even more amazing!

An oyster snack by the sea
An oyster snack by the sea

My time here was much too short.  Cancale is a town where you can easily spend 2 or 3 days exploring the area by bike and becoming an expert on the areas oyster varieties.  There is a lot to explore in the town also.  This is definitely an area that I will return to.

Oyster stand in Cancale
Oyster stand in Cancale

Amazingly, on a clear day, you can even see Mont Saint Michel from Cancale, even though it’s almost 50 km away!

Mont Saint Michel from Cancale
Mont Saint Michel from Cancale

For now, I will savor the memories of this charming town and the great experiences I had on my short visit.

Gorgeous Cancale
Gorgeous Cancale
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