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Mont Saint-Michel

Fast Facts

  • Location: At the north coast of French region of Normandie.
  • Best time to Visit: May to August. Late summer is the best.
  • Preferred Timing: 09.30 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
  • How to Get:
    The nearest airport is Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo Airport (DNR), also known as Aíéroport de Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo, located just 5 km south-southwest of Dinard in Pleurtuit. You will find flights of Aurigny Air Services from Guernsey and Ryanair flights from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, and London-Stansted. Alternatively, you can also come down to Rennes — Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS).
    Though there is no direct train to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris, yet you can catch TGV from Gare Montparnasse to Rennes. You can take a bus from Rennes to Mont Saint-Michel or alternatively take another TGB train to Pontorson-Mont Saint-Michel. You can reach Mont Saint-Michel from Pontorson pretty easily in 15 minutes.
    Driving is the best way to reach Mont Saint-Michel. Take A84 south-west to Pontorson if you are coming down from the Normandy region. Go ahead a few kms more to reach Avranches and merge with the D43. You can reach Mont Saint-Michel by following the sings. You can also reach Mont Saint-Michel by driving from Paris in 4.5 hours.
  • Entry Fee: €4 onwards.
  • Nearest Airport: Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo Airport (DNR).
  • Nearest Station: Pontorson-Mont Saint-Michel
It is often called the 'wonder of the Occident' — Mont Saint Michel, a unique combination of natural beauty and human endeavors. This small town in the Brittany region of France has an eventful history, as is evident in the old fortifications that still encircle it. A rocky tidal island with a magnificent and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel at the top of it, along with the characteristic winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town give this region a quaintness all its own. Located at the north coast of French region of Normandie, Le Mont Saint-Michel, popularly known as Mont Saint-Michel, attracts almost three and a half million tourists every year.

One of the most prominent features of this island is the tides in its bays which change pretty frequently. These may vary significantly, almost 14 meters between the high and low water marks. Due to this, there is always a danger of drowning from the coastal tides, as one may get caught in quicksand and may jeopardize his life.

Visiting Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is situated at the middle of the bay. As you enter the town, you will find the ancient Burgher's Guardroom, which has currently turned into tourist office. As you pass through the Boulevard Gate, followed by the King's Gate, you come into the Grande Rue or the main streets. The streets, shops, houses, and museums will take you to the 15th and 16th century with its medieval architecture. Now you get in to the Grande Degre or Grande Staircase to see the best of Mont Saint-Michel attractions.

The Abbey: The Abbey is the most popular attractions of the island. It showcase wonderful panorama of the medieval architecture from 11th to 17th century. Don't miss the Mass which is celebrated every day except Monday and Sunday afternoon. One hour guided tours are available, or else you can also go for self guided tours. Pets are not allowed inside.

The Museums: There are a few museums in Mont Saint-Michel where you should pay a visit. Archíéoscope is the show where you can discover the construction of this monument and its history. In order to discover the tides, the bay and the giant building site, you must visit Maritime and Ecology Museum. Tiphaine's House is the 14th century building that Bertrand Duguesclin built for his wife Tiphaine.

The Parish Church: It is a small edifice from 15th and 16th century.

Related Links : Find out amazing views of Mont Saint Michel in this clip! You can feel the blend of the mystique and the aesthetic that characterizes Mont Saint Michel.


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