Genêts, heritage village in the bay

It's here, in the heart of the village, that you will find our accommodation Le Petit Pluvier.

Genêts is a picturesque and peaceful village located on the edge of the salt marshes. The village was once an important trading port and the departure point for pilgrims on their way to the Mont-Saint-Michel. The place has been frequented since Gallo-Roman times and in the Middle Ages the population was more than 3000 inhabitants. Today there are 420.

Some illustrious figures are linked to Genêts, notably General Louis Adrien, creator of the Poilus helmet from the first world war who is buried in the village cemetary, the painter Suzanne Valadon and her son the painter Maurice Utrillo.

Genêts heritage church

This pretty church and its cemetery are classified historic monuments. It houses statues, altars, candlesticks and paintings also classified as historical objects.

It is said to have begun in the 12th century, was then burned by the English and then pillaged by Montgomery's troops during the Wars of Religion.

Sainte-Anne Chapel

The Sainte-Anne Chapel is the last vestige of the seven chapels of Genêts. It was the final stage of the pilgrimage. It now houses the Maison de la Baie and the Genêts Tourist Office.

The chapel cross is located behind the Sainte-Anne chapel and dates from the 16th century. From here there is a lovely clear view of the bay, the Mont Saint Michel and Tombelaine.

Chez François

Don't miss a chance to eat at Chez François, the famous, authentic restaurant located in the heart of Genêts. He serves only quality local products, home-cooked with the original recipes from François' grandmother!

In an old-fashioned decor combining charm and good humor, François grills your meat in front of you in his large fireplace.

Closed wednesdays and thursdays
Absolutely need to book in advance!

La Pause des Genêts

An original restaurant in the village, La Pause des Genêts offers creative gourmet cuisine in an artistic and bohemian decor.

Relax in the superb garden with its heated terrace.

Closed monday, tuesday and wednesday.

La Boulangerie Houel

Genêts is lucky to have this friendly bakery with good authentic bread and delicious viennoiseries such as croissants and pain au chocolat.

Alain's pastries are delicious and his artisanal ice creams are a killer and best enjoyed just outside the shop cooling your feet in the river  whilst admiring the view of the bay!

Closed on thursdays

Le Bec d'Andaine

This remarkable natural site was the subject of redevelopment in 2004 as part of the "Operation Grand Site du Mont Saint Michel" which aimed to restore the natural habitats of the place.

Strolls along its superb beach with Mont Saint Michel and Tombelaine in the background or along the paths through the dune wetlands, a protected area for fauna and flora.

This is where the walks across the bay with a guide, towards the Mont Saint Michel leave.