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A lived in working town with lots of appeal to visitors.
Much busier in July/August
In a nutshell
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.
When driving into Cancale, try to take the scenic road that goes along the cliff edge giving you fabulous views over the town.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Favorite thing: Cancale is known as a fishing port, famous for its oysters. In fact, it's unoficially named as "France's Capital of Oysters".
But it also has lovely beaches. Be aware although that the tides here are among the greatest in France, with a swing of up to 14m between the high and low water marks.
Fondest memory: It was fun to go further and further in order to swim in the sea between high tide at about 10.00a.m. and low tide at about 4 p.m.
By 4 p.m. I was already swimming between the fishing boats.
Updated Nov 11, 2003