During your trip to Normandy, why not head for the Chausey Isles off the bay of Mont Saint Michel. Like the mount, this archipelago also lives in harmony with the tides...
Chausey was for a long time an object of rivalry between England and France but was claimed once and for all by the French in the 13th century. This maze of islands then became a den of piracy and smuggling.
Today Chausey is a favourite spot for shellfish pickers and bird watchers. The isles are home to numerous species of marine birds, particularly in the south west of the main island.
The main island, Grande Ile, is not a desert island. There are several dozen houses inhabited in the summer by holidaymakers in search of peace and authenticity (even if no less than 200 000 tourist visit the isles in the summer...!) and in the winter, by a handful of fishermen and coastal guardians.
How to reach the Chausey Isles
Several boat companies run daily crossings, depending on the season, departing from Granville (17km) and Saint Malo.
With a bit of luck, you may even see a few sealions and dolphins !
What you need to know:
- The arpichelago is comprised of the main island, Grande Ile, as well as 365 smaller islands at low tide.
- No cars or bikes on the island. You can only travel on foot (a good pair of shoes is recommended !)
- The granite on the Chausey Isles was used to build the abbey on Mont Saint Michel !