AVRANCHES- 20 mins drive. The nearest large town, has many shops, restaurants, and museums. The famous botanical gardens, Jardin des Plantes, has spectacular views of Mont St Michel, and hosts open air concerts in summer.

PARC de la BAIE, AVRANCHES - 20 mins drive. A large shopping centre on the outskirts of the town, wich a Carrefour hypermarket and a lovely garden centre with a huge gift shop (Jardiland).

VILLEDIEU LES POELES - 20 mins drive. Has copper workshops and copper goods to see and buy.  The bell foundry is one of only a few in France that are still working, and is well worth a visit.

CHAMPREUSE ZOO - just outside Villedieu has amazing themed gardens set out in the style of serveral continents.

PARK ANGE MICHEL - 30 mins drive. Large theme park with over 30 rides.

ST HILAIRE DU HARCOUET - 20 mins drive. Has a picturesque church and lake. Also has the largest and most popular market in the area on Wednesdays.

BELLEFONTAINE, the Enchanted Village - 20 mins drive. Has over 30 leisure activities, including zip wires, a canopy walk in the tres, and a miniature village.

MORTAIN - 35 mins drive. Has superb walks by two waterfalls, pony-trekking, go-karting and the Abbaye Blanche (White Abbey).

MONT ST MICHEL - 40 mins drive. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many historic buildings, Abbey and restaurants.

GRANVILLE - 40 mins drive. Historic city with lovely views from the ramparts. Ferries run to the magical Isles of Chausey. Visit the famous Christian Dior museum and gardens.

BEACHES - 30 to 40 mins drive. Lovely sandy beaches at Carolles and Julouville up towards Granville and along the Brittany coast towards Cancale and St Malo. The Route de Sentier is a promenade by the beach which goes through all the main resorts from Carolles to Granville.

CANCALE - 1 hours drive. Popular with tourists and locals alike, famed for its mussel beds, oyster stalls and seafood restaurants.

BAYEAUX - 1 hours drive. Has the famous tapestry. The D-Day landing beaches are a short drive from here.

DINAN - 1 hours drive. Lovely medieval town with a pedestrianised centre and pictureseque riverside.

 

The Area

Avranches

Le Sentier route - viewpoint near Carolles

Mont St Michel.

path to the waterfalls at Mortain

Dinan

St Hilaire du Harcouet