Visit Cancale, The Oyster Capital Of Brittany

Cancale is located in the French region Brittany, between Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. The fishing village is well known for its excellent oysters and is also called the oyster capital of Brittany.
Oyster beds in Cancale, the oyster capital in Brittany, France
The shellfish here are grown by individual farmers in a park, whose beds can be seen at low tide. Thanks to the high quality plankton that grows in the Mont Saint-Michel Bay, Cancale oysters are among the most popular in France. The village produces 5000 tonnes of farmed oysters in its parks and 1000 tonnes are being fished in the bay. Cancale oysters have even been recognized by UNESCO, which added it to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list because of its expertise in breeding molluscs.

Oyster beds in Cancale, the oyster capital in Brittany, France

Oyster beds in Cancale, the oyster capital in Brittany, France

The shellfish can be bought at Cancale famous Port de la Houle, located at the lower part of the fishing village. Port de la Houle is surrounded by old fishing houses, colourful restaurants and shops. A few market stalls on the waterfront sells oysters each day of the year. When you visit Cancale at low tide you can see the oyster beds up close.

Port de la Houle in Cancale, Brittany, France

Port de la Houle in Cancale, Brittany, France

Port de la Houle in Cancale, Brittany, France

Port de la Houle in Cancale, Brittany, France


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Jurgen Huibers
Jurgen Huibers

We're a family of five from the picturesque scenery of Belgium. Come along with us as we share stories from our journeys so far. And if you're curious about any of the places we've visited, don't hesitate to ask. Your dream European getaway is within reach, and we're here to make it extraordinary!

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