Genêts is a picturesque and peaceful village located in the bay of the Mont Saint-Michel. The village was once an important trading port and the starting point for pilgrims on their way to Mont-Saint-Michel. In the Middle Ages the population amounted to more than 3000 inhabitants. Today there are 420.
The economic activity was based on the manufacture of salt and at least 10 mills worked nearby. Bread, flour, salt, wine and cereals were sold every Monday in the village at la Place des Halles which was famous at the time.
Numerous wars over the centuries including the Hundred Years War weakened the village, then the gradual silting up of the bay put an end to its economic activities and its port.
It was here in Genêts that Bishop Aubert, founder of the Mont-Saint-Michel was born, that Louis Adrian, creator of the furry helmet of the Great War was buried, and tha the famous painter Maurice Utrillo and his mother, the painter Suzanne Valadon lived.
With its pretty alleys, its old stone houses, its river, its water mill and its church, the village retains an authentic charm. The view of the bay, the Mont and Tombelaine is one of the most beautiful in the region.
The 12th century Notre-Dame church and its cemetery are classified as historic monuments. The church has undergone numerous reconstructions over the centuries, especially after being burnt down by the English.
Le Bec d’Andaine, once a long sandy port, is today an extensive beach, the starting point for many crossings of the bay.