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

Posted by Maggie LACoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.