Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is a granite island located at about 80 Km north-eastward of Rennes in the region of Basse-Normandie. It's the 3rd most visited monument in France. The main part of the island is the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

Get in from Rennes

The easiest way is to use Keolis Emeraude bus company. The charge is 11.40€ each way, 8,60€ for 16 to 25 year olds. But a cheaper option is to use the Illenoo public transport, which costs 3€ each way, but stops in Pontorson (9 km south of Mt St Michel). From there, you can even hitch hike or use the Maneo bus link, which costs 2. Just make sure that the schedules line up so you're not stuck in Pontorson for 2+ hours...cute town but not much to do.

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Saint-Malo is a walled port city located at about 70 Km to the north of Rennes. It is the most visited place in Brittany with many ancient and attractive sites of interest.

Get in from Rennes

There are direct trains from Rennes train station to Saint-Malo. Prices and timetables are available on the website of SNCF railway company.

Saint-Malo's train station is located over a kilometer south of the intramuros area, but it's an easy 20-min walk straight down Avenue Louis Martin.

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Brittany is one of the most dense area of megaliths in the world (menhir or standing stones and dolmen). Carnac site is the world largest collection with more than 3000 stones. The village of the indomitable Gauls, from the famous Asterix comics, takes also place in Armorica, which is the latin name of current Brittany. Obelix is a famous menhir delivery man that should be the responsible of this in the popular culture (historically speaking, megaliths are pre-historical and not Gauls!). However, megaliths are ones of the oldest men made monuments (some of them twice older than Egyptian Pyramids). Menhir is indeed a word used worldwide which comes from Breton language: men, "stone" and hir, "long" (there are some doubts for "dolmen" word but it seems it comes also from Breton language meaning "stone table")

Get in from Rennes

Nearest menhir alignments, tumuli and dolmen are in Saint Just area (Landes de Cojoux), 40 minutes south from Rennes by car, in the direction of Redon. It is the second largest megalithic site of Brittany after Carnac, which is a little bit further and it takes 2 hours west by car from Rennes, in the wonderful area of Golfe du Morbihan. If you go north, between Saint-Malo and Mont Saint Michel, there is the 9 meters high Menhir du Champ Dolent near Dol-de-Bretagne.

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Normandy D-Day beaches

Normandy D-Day battlefields and beaches are a little bit more than 2 hours from Rennes by car. You can visit the historical places such as Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Omaha beach (Juno, Gold, Sword), Pointe du Hoc, artificial harbor of Arromanches (and the last still visible parts of it), as well as many small museums in each place (Saint-Mere-Eglise, Arromanches, etc.). Military cemeteries are also very emotional places to remember what happened exactly 70 years ago.

Get in from Rennes

You can go for one day from Rennes to Normandy beaches, but then stay in west area of Cotentin: Sainte Mere Eglise, Arromanche, with their small and nice museums, Omaha beach and Coleville cemetery. A 2 or 3 days trips is perfect to visit also the great Caen Memorial, the big museum on World War II and Normandy battle. Note that Mont Saint-Michel is on the road, then going from Mont Saint-Michel to Normandy beaches is just a one hour and a half drive.

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