Stage 1: Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte
66 km between land and sea
The first stage of the gravel bike route from Tatihou to Mont Saint-Michel begins on the quayside in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Before you get on your gravel bike, take a stroll around this charming village. Discover the picturesque port with its Vauban tower, whose twin is over on Tatihou Island. The first part of this stage takes you to La Pernelle hill, with gorgeous views over the bay of Les Veys, then on to Valognes, a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” labelled town in the heart of the bocage countryside. From here to the finishing point, you’ll cycle past plenty of interesting sites: Roman ruins in Alleaume, old lime kilns and manor houses. Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte is where this stage ends, with a lovely view over the town and its medieval château.
Where to stay on this stage?
In Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, stop at the Auberge du Vieux Château, a family-run hotel with a stunning view of the château and the surrounding countryside. It has cosy rooms for 1 to 4 people, guaranteeing a relaxing stopover on your trip. Try the delicious dishes concocted by the chef in the restaurant, using local and seasonal produce.