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Where Is Mont St. Michel?

A rocky, tidal island and coastal community on the northwest coast of France in the Normandy region. The 17-acre island is a granite outcropping formed by erosion and surrounded by a marshy silt-laden bay one half mile off the coast and accessible via raised causeway. The parking area is 1.5 miles from the island and the Barrage sur le Couesnon can be crossed by foot or shuttle. The nearest town with a train station is Pontorson, 20 minutes south. Paris is 4 hours east via train or car.

What Is Mont St. Michel Known For?

The French icon is a monastic village that could best be described as a fortified-abbey-island. Though the first monastery was built in the 8th century, the island had been used for centuries prior as a pilgrimage site and cultural stronghold known as Mont Tombe. The main structure of the compound is the large, Romanesque church that sits at the peak of the mount and was originally built in the 11th century. Updated with many Gothic additions and fortified throughout the years, including serving as a prison for many years during the French Revolution, the abbey was designated a historical monument by France in 1874. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the island contains 60 buildings, 50 of which are shops, restaurants, or hotels, and less than 25 residents, half of whom are monks or nuns.

A Quick Guide to Mont St. Michel

  • Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel: The majestic crown jewel of the island is the spired abbey at the top of the mount accessed by many steep stairs. Guided tours or rentable audio guides are recommended to ensure a complete experience. Buy tickets online to skip the wait and then go up in the morning to have the place mostly to yourself, especially if you are a photographer. The church offers Mass 2-3 times per day. Sunset creates phenomenal panoramic photographic opportunities from the top of the mount at Terrasse de l'Ouest even if the abbey may not still be open.
  • Fortifications: As the only place in France that did not fall to conquerors during the Hundred Years War, the island was heavily fortified to protect it from invaders as well as natural elements. When it served as a prison, more fortifications were created by the French military to keep prisoners contained. All the layered walls and supports remain to be seen and explored.
  • La Grande Rue: The main street is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants and feels like a page torn out of the Middle Ages. It can be crowded in the early part of the day and thus tends to be more enjoyable in late afternoon or early evening after the tourist buses have left. Most restaurants are open 7p-9p for dinner.

Popular Destinations Near Mont St. Michel

  • Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel: The bay around the island is able to be explored on foot at low tide. It is easier to traverse barefoot due to the stickiness of the silt, but beware of quicksand. At the lowest tide, the land goes on for miles all around the island and looks like the scene of a fairytale. An absolute must for photographers especially as the sun sets, but watch those tide tables because it roars in fast.
  • Alligator Bay: Reptile and tortoise zoo featuring multiple species of alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and tortoises just down the road from the mainland village towards Beauvoir. Feeding time is particularly popular. Not a bad way to spend a little time especially if staying in the area or traveling with kids.

Best Neighborhoods in Mont St. Michel

The area is only two neighborhoods, the island and the mainland community, both called Mont-Saint-Michel. There are hotels and restaurants in both locations and most are designed for the convenience of tourists. Choosing where to stay might be largely based on availability depending on season. Far and away, the main attraction to the area is the historical island village of Mont-Saint-Michel. La Sirene is a quiet restaurant worth finding on the island. There are campgrounds and more modern conveniences in the mainland commune. Most hotels in the mainland village run a free shuttle to the island of Mont-Saint-Michel.

Home-types in Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Mont Saint-Michel:

Points of interests in Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Mont Saint-Michel:

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