From the Cancale rock to the cliffs of Cap Frehel, the Cote d'Emeraude (Emerald coast) consists of alternating sunny coves and inlets and steep rocky headlands.
AROUND SAINT-QUAY AND BINIC
Saint-Quay-Portrieux has become one of the most attractive resorts in the region. By day there is sun and sand and by night the town comes alive in the casino. There are five beaches in the resort, all of them well sheltered from the wind and safe for bathing.
MONT-SAINT-MICHEL BAY - a jewel in a casket
The bay itself, in which is reflected the intricate silhouette of the abbey, is not as well-known as it deserves to be. It is said to be lifeless and soulless - it is certainly flat, but it is never boring. When the sun sets over the Cancale rock, which faces the Mount, it reveals its contours in relief and the colours are a revelation to the walkers and sightseers who stroll along the beach to reach the little village of Saint-Benoit.
Mont-Saint-Michel is the eighth wonder of the world, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an important tourist destination for both French and international tourism. Cherrueix and its beach - this is one of the prettiest villages on the coast. The church has a bell-tower and it has three windmills by the sea wall. The main road which hugs the bay, does not run through Cherrueix, and this is probably why the village has remained unspoilt.
If you have the good fortune to approach Cancale by the corniche, the coast road, just as the sun is setting and when the tide is high, you will begin to understand the magic of this ancient fishing port. You will be able to see over the little harbour, called La Houle, (in the sea-lanes of which a few trawlers still linger), and the two jetties, which shelter ships from the west wind.