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Cancale Coat of Arms
Cancale (France)
region Brittany
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Saint Malo
Canton Saint-Malo-1
Community association Pays de Saint-Malo
Coordinates 48 ° 41 ′  N , 1 ° 51 ′  W Coordinates: 48 ° 41 ′  N , 1 ° 51 ′  W
height 0-56 m
surface 12.61 km 2
Residents 5,121 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 406 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 35260
INSEE code

Cancale Harbor

Cancale ( Breton Kankaven ) is a French commune in the northern Brittany in the Ille-et-Vilaine .

The city has 5121 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) and belongs to the canton of Saint-Malo-1 , it was the capital of the canton of Cancale until 2015 .


Cancale is the northernmost municipality in the Ille-et-Vilaine department. It is located in the northwest of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel , about ten kilometers east of Saint-Malo , on the Côte d'Émeraude . The core city is divided into two districts: The upper town ( La Ville Haute ) is 45 m above sea level above the bay and is the center with a church, market, shops and the bathing villa settlement on the Pointe du Hock and along the Rue Robert Surcouf , which is famous for its architecture and the picturesque view of Mont-Saint-Michel. The romantic port ( La Houle ) is located directly on the sea and offers good hotels and restaurants. There is a popular sandy beach in the Port-Mer district. The Pointe du Grouin , about four kilometers from the city center, is a popular destination and marks the northernmost point of the urban area.


The climate in Cancale is shaped by the ocean and is characterized by comparatively low temperature fluctuations between winter and summer. Nevertheless, Cancale has a micro-climate insofar as the precipitation values ​​differ significantly from those in western Brittany and those on the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula . Cancale receives an annual average of only 600–800 ml of precipitation and, with around 1700 hours of sunshine per year, is above the values ​​of Paris and almost every German measuring station. The climate diagram of Saint-Malo is reasonably representative of Cancale.

Like Marseille, Cancale is in Z9 of the Plant Hardiness climate zones , but is less dry in summer. Correspondingly, in Cancale you can find ferns, moss and ivy as well as Mediterranean-like plants such as palms and pines.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2017
Residents 5236 5019 4780 4638 4910 5203 5293 5121
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


Cancale describes itself as the "oyster capital" of Brittany. Oysters are grown here in the intertidal zone , namely the Pacific rock oyster (5,000 t, as of 2000) and the rarer European oyster (1,000 t, as of 2000). Both varieties enjoy a good reputation among connoisseurs.

The oyster farming can be proven in Cancale from the 13th century. Today it covers an area of ​​400 hectares, 50 companies employ 150 to 300 people, depending on the season, and generate sales of 3.8 million euros (as of 2000). Visitors can learn more about the importance of oysters in the oyster museum ( La Ferme Marine ).

Other important industries in Cancale are agriculture , other branches of fishing , administration and tourism .

At the end of 2010, Cancale counted 1,335 companies, including 110 in the agricultural sector, 41 in the industrial sector and 45 in the construction sector, 608 in the areas of trade, transport and service, and 531 with an administrative focus. In 2011 alone, 40 companies were founded in Cancale.

Due to the scenic and culinary charms of the area, tourism in Cancale traditionally plays a major role.

Saint Méen Church


Cancale is about ten kilometers from the four-lane D137 expressway that connects Saint-Malo with Rennes .

The station "Saint-Méloir - La Gouesnière - Cancale" on the Rennes – Saint-Malo railway line is located in La Gouesnière. Cancale is directly connected to the Saint-Malo TGV station via the Saint-Malo city bus line 5. Cancale can be reached from Paris in just three and a half hours .

Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, 25 kilometers away, has daily connections to London-Stansted Airport , except on Sundays . Cancale is only two hours from London .


See also: List of the Monuments historiques in Cancale

Town twinning


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes d'Ille-et-Vilaine. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-072-8 , pp. 257-271.

Individual evidence

  1. Paul Bocuse: The new kitchen, The art book from the king of cooks, (Orig .: La cuisine du Marche), Pawlak Verlag, 1977, page 154

Web links

Commons : Cancale  - collection of images, videos and audio files