Its valley has superb scenery which changes with the rhythm of the tides. At the estuary you can visit the dam and tidal power station which harnesses the power of the tides which sweep up the estuary to produce electricity.
A trip along the banks of the river takes you through picturesque villages and past pretty ‘Malouinières’ country houses. Saint-Suliac is one of the little ports, most typical of the region. Founded in the 6th century by a Breton monk, this historic fishing village is classed as one of the « Loveliest Villages in France ». Take a stroll through its tiny lanes past granite cottages where fishing nets are still hung outside and walk along pretty footpaths to viewpoints like Mont Gareau which has breathtaking panoramic views of the river, the valley and the village.
Montmarin at Pleurtuit, overlooking the estuary, was originally a ‘Malouinière’ country house, built in 1760. At the end of the 18th century it became a port and shipyard, employing no less than 1,200 workers. Then, in the mid-19th century it became an ornamental garden. After being devastated by storms at the end of the 20th century, the 6-hectare gardens have now been beautifully restored and open onto a magnificent lake from where a succession of terraces lead down to the River Rance. Just a few minutes’ drive away, at La Richardais, you can see more than 300 works by the sculptor Manoli in an open-air museum where the artist lived for over 25 years. Creator of many public works, Manoli created figures, animals and abstract works using salvaged material, granite, ceramics and metal.