Historical Avranches – Gateway to Mont Saint Michel
Avranches is a small town, also on the Cherbourg Peninsula, about 45km from Bayeux along the A84. Historically the site of the Nu-Pieds Salt revolt in the 15th century, more recent events saw the battles where General Patton succeeded in breaking out of the “pocket” during the Normandy Landings campaign. There is a small museum on the outskirts but most people carry on West, towards the major tourist attraction of Mont St Michel. Be warned, you need a permit to access the road to the Mont, otherwise there are very large carparks about 2km away. Alligator Bay is a short drive away, turning just before the car parks.