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Maisie Duncan
Maisie Duncan

Adventure of the Week: Cycling Brittany, St Malo to Mont St Michel

Looking for a shorter cycling holiday or a relaxed long weekend away with moderately easy cycling, amazing food, and iconic sights along the way? You are going to love this trip!

Bay of dinard

Bay of Dinard

In a nutshell

Cycling Brittany, St Malo to Mont St Michel is a short, easy cycling holiday and the perfect way to visit some of the most iconic places in the north west of France. Along the way, you will stop at some gorgeous restaurants, sampling crepes in St Malo or tasting freshly shucked oysters at one of the seafood stalls in Cancale.

Distance: 126km over 3 cycling days, on a 4 night break.

Grade: Easy to moderate, with a few rolling sections but mostly flat country lanes and cycle paths.

moidrey windmill

Moidrey Windmill

Where is it?

The trip starts in the port city of St Malo, steeped in Brittany's seafaring history, where you will stay for 2 nights. After exploring St Malo, cycle to Pontorson where you will stay for the next 2 nights. This part of France is postcard pretty, with the most delightful beaches and a rich historical background.

Why Cycle Here?

It's the perfect short break! The sights you will see along the way are irreplaceable. The food on the trip is another huge highlight. If you are a lover of seafood, St Malo will be a slice of heaven for you. St Malo has so many amazing restaurants with truly traditional cuisine, and the crepes will be guaranteed to tempt you.

St Malo Harbour

St Malo Harbour

Pontorson, the gateway town to Mont St Michel, is reached by flat lanes, a delight to cycle, so you will be able to relax and take in all of your surroundings as you pedal on for your two nights stay. As the whole cycle trip is easy to moderate, it has just enough of a challenge to cycle off all that delicious French cuisine!

Oyster market Cancale, Brittany

Enjoy seafood? You need to visit Cancale!

Mont St Michel really is the must visit attraction in Brittany, and you'll spend your final day with a short cycle to the island commune which rises out of the sea. You'll have plenty of time to wander the narrow medieval streets.

Mont St Michel and Seascape

The medieval commune of Mont St Michel is a must visit attraction for any visit to Brittany

Planning and preparation

To get there, you can fly to Paris, then take the train from the airport to Rennes then onwards to St Malo, or from central Paris Gare Montparnasse, a direct train will take you to St Malo in 2.5 hours, train information is available via TGV. From the UK, there is a direct ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, or St Malo is a 6 hour drive from Calais. Try Direct Ferries for more information. Macs Adventure can comprehensively arrange this trip including accommodation and baggage transfers, plus optional bike hire, to make a short break in Brittany (or a tour to add to your itinerary of French travels) extremely easy to plan. To find out more about Cycling St Malo to Mont St Michel contact one of our destination specialists for further information at info@macsadventure.com.

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