CANCALE is the attractive oyster capital of northern France.
This lovely little fishing port on Brittany's northern coast is famous for its oyster beds, and every year hundreds of tons of these exquisite shellfish are farmed and raised here to be sold to fish markets and restaurants all over the world.
The picturesque sea front is brimming with wonderful seafood restaurants. If you walk along the harbour you can contemplate the menus at the numerous restaurants, or better still go inside one and sample some of the freshly caught delicacies on offer.
Cancale's Ferme Marine invites visitors to come and understand the life and ways of oyster farming from the seeding & harvesting to the final delicate enjoyment. The guided tour takes one hour, which includes a slide show and a visit to the Parcs St Kerber workshops. Also there is an incredible exhibition of thousands of seashells from all over the world, and a film on pearl fishing.
Beyond the town are cliff top walks that lead down to tiny often secluded sandy beaches, which are often covered at high tide, but where the local people collect shellfish and prawns in buckets at low water. These sandy bays are safe for paddling and swimming with numerous rock pools to explore. Further around the coast are more beaches, and not very far west is the lovely town of St Malo.
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