Top Tours & Activities in Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel appears on the horizon like a pyramid that seemingly floats between the sea and the sky. A half-mile away from dry land, this island of stunning medieval architecture is surrounded, by turns, tall grasses and ocean water.
The fortifications during the Hundred Years' War protected the abbey from a 30-year siege. Four centuries later, it was also a prison during and after the French Revolution.
The King's Gate is the third of three gates, and the person who guarded it did so in the name of the king. The portcullis shows where a drawbridge once crossed over a moat.
You'll feel as if you've stepped into a fairytale village while making your way to the abbey along this main street, which leads to the 350-step Grand Degré staircase.
The small, 11th-century parish church has a silver replica of St. Michael. Mère Poulard, who was famous for cooking omlettes for visitors at her inn, lies buried in the cemetery.
A walk along the Ramparts Pathway, or the Chemin des Remparts, leads you to fortification towers, including the North Tower and the stunning views it provides.
The Grand Western Terrace of the abbey offers an amazing panorama of the coastline and the sand banks of the exposed tidal bay.
French military engineer Garbriel de Puy built the tower on the western side of Mont Saint-Michel in 1524, in order to complete the defensive outer walls.
It's possible to see Mont Saint-Michel in one day, and many do so while traveling around Normandy, and on the way either to or from Brittany. However, why not spend the night to enjoy this famous destination even more?
You'll have to rely on your own two feet and a good pair of shoes for exploring Mont Saint-Michel. If you plan to arrive by train from Paris, you can travel to the town of Pontorson and then go by bus to Mont Saint-Michel. Should you arrive by car, the parking lot is 2.5 miles away. You can either walk the distance or take a shuttle bus, which drops visitors off about 400 yards from the entrance.
If you plan to stay overnight, you'll find five hotels within the walls. Otherwise, there are accommodations in the nearby town of La Caserne.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+33
- Best time to visitLate Spring (May - June) and early Fall (September - October) offer the best of all worlds: less crowds, lovely temperate weather, and beautiful colors in the countryside.
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What People Are Saying About Mont Saint-Michel
Quite busy in the morning. Preferably arrive there around noon. Very impressive but you have to be aware of the hundreds of steps that take you to the top. It's worth doing it but prepare mentally that especially on hot days it can get quite exhausting. Beautiful views on top and special atmosphere in the abbey.
Mont Saint Michel was majestic and well worth the trip to go see. I am so very glade we did this with a guide. He offered us plenty of insightful information and made sure we kept a good pace. His tips were valuable. You only downside is that you felt you didn't have unite enough time at the mount to look at the village. Aside from that the trip there and back was nice and restful with plenty of majestic Normandy region
I totally recommend this trip to anyone visiting Paris. The place is wonderful and the trip is very well organized. I didn't have any problem during the trip.