Mont Saint Michel Travel Guide

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Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

  • The Abbey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    a wonderful building just into an island rock withstood the wrath of the ocean for centuries and still there magical, biblical, sublime, a must to see in your lifetime. I have not been back here in a while, and just came in passing by, after knowing all the changes to come in 2015 decided to take a quick peek and post some photos. Definitively a...

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  • Tidal Island

    Is a mandatory visit the Mont St.Michel and its tidal island. If you travel on february, you will have the chance to see it without many people. I think that in summer season, the place is full of visitors and is less impressive than in winter season. Except a bus full of japanese and a one school trip, we were alone there. And we had a very good...

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  • La Grande Rue

    This is the name given to the main shopping and restaurant street at MSM. Located inside the Boulveard Gate, La Grande Rue conects the entrance to the town with the abbey. This is a delightful narrow street lined with all manner and means of shopping outlets, cafes, and snack type eateries etc. It is fairyland for someone like me who loves this...

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  • Monastery

    Be prepared, to do not be disappointed: The "marvel" is not a visual superlative, as we could guess, but a fabulous architectural achievement. There are lots of more marvelous abbeys, even in France, but the way they managed the space, adapting the construction to the limits and characteristics of the space, without sacrificing its magnificence...

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  • The Cloister

    The cloister on the top floor of La Merveille dates back to the 13th century but has greatly evolved over time. Today it is really the only area of La Merveille which provides a source of bright colour, as the walkway which was designed for the monks to stroll, converse and pray, surrounds a beautiful and tranquil garden. The plants filling the...

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  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    Many people walk past here without noticing the parish church of St Peter, on their way up the steps of the main street to the Abbey. But is worth a few minutes of your time. Built in the 11th c it was the first church for Montois, but has been severely remodeled in the 15thand 16th c. Outside the main porch is a statue of Joan of Arc guarding the...

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Mont Saint Michel Hotels

  • Mercure

    Route du Mont Saint Michel, BP 8, Mont-St-Michel, Basse-Normandie, 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Auberge Saint-Pierre

    BP 16 Grande Rue, Mont-St-Michel, 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Relais Du Roy

    BP 8 Route Du Mont St Michel, Mont-St-Michel, F - 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Mont Saint Michel Restaurants

  • the must just to be there Poulard

    Ok its very touristic,and visited by many but if you are at the hill you have to be here at least once. We were too several years back,so again to be here be there.Its a hotel too, same condition. The restaurant we stopped and it was ok. There have openned since a new one call Café mére Poulard, just more chic with great...

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  • The user's guide to picknicking on the...

    By far the most flexible and cost effective eating option is to have a picnic, especially if you're travelling with children. However, be warned that there are no takeaway options on the Mont - except for ice cream - so if you want to avail yourself of this option, then you'll need to plan ahead and bring the picnic with you.The most convenient...

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  • Say hello to your supper (if you're...

    On of the most celebrated delicacies of France's north west coast is the 'pre sale' (literally 'pre salted') lamb .These animals graze in the salt marshes along the coast, and this unique diet gives the meat a distinct flavour that is much prized by gourmets (and those of us lesser mortals who are just up for a delicious meal).Be sure it eat it...

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Mont Saint Michel Nightlife

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    Join the night walking tour of Mont St Michel, you may need to get thous information from Tourist Information Center at Rennes Station or Left hand side right after coming into Mont St Michel.

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Mont Saint Michel Transportation

  • Day trip from Paris

    Le Mont Saint Michel can be comfortably reached in the course of a day trip from Paris. I travelled by TGV from Gare Montparnasse at 7.05am to Rennes where I transferred immediately on to a bus which took me the rest of the way to the Mont.Total travel time is somewhere between three to four hours each way, but I still had plenty of time to see...

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  • How to get here in and out

    again the best way is the car, to help you the www.viamichelin.com site is pretty good, you should compare with a paper map as sometimes they tend to guide you too commercially...You set out from Paris on the autoroute de normandie A13, pay 14,70€ in tolls at four stops,then proceeds past Caen on the A84 past Avranches direction Rennes, by...

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  • Navette

    To get to the fortress, there's a free bus called "navette" and is a peculiar bus. Because the bus can't make a turn at the road, this bus has two cabins. When the bus is stopped, the driver changes their place and goes to the other part of the bus. But be careful: there's another minibus that goes to the Mont St. Michel but is just for workers,...

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Mont Saint Michel Shopping

  • great shopping at Grande Rue

    This is the main artery of the mount and plenty to shop here, Grande Rue is the street.of course as well as restos ,eateries to boot. La Sirene is one, not in it but looks good.Les Lutins is a bazaar with plenty there to bring back as souvenir.many businesses and most on Grande Ruehttp://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/fr/commerces.htm almost anything...

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  • christmas ornaments

    I read the blog about the monk ornaments at Mont St Michele. Took everyone's advice and shopped on my way down.Saw the monks and Frenchmen ornaments at one of the first stores on my ascent. Purchased a monk and Frenchman. I would not have looked for them if I had not read the blog on this website.I told the store owner about the blog I read. If the...

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  • My Mont St Michel Christmas monk

    I confess. I have a magnetic attraction towards high kitsch, and my Christmas tree ornaments reflect this dubious tendency!Everywhere we go, we try to collect an ornament for our 'travel tree', which is less of a festive design prop than a testament to our family and travel history. At Mont St Michel, I fell under the spell of this felt monk with...

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Mont Saint Michel Local Customs

  • More then 1.000 years a pilgrimage place

    Le Mont Saint Michel has already been a pilgrimage place for a thousand years and no doubt still will be for many centuries more. Even though the mayority of the visitors now-a-days are here from touristic point of view. However, also pilgrims still enter the gates of Le Mont Saint Michel and are welcomed by the monchs that still live in the abbey...

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  • The legend of Saint Michel

    It is said that on the 16th October 709 the Bishop of Avranches, Aubert, built a chapel on Mont Tombe after he was visited twice by the archangel Michael (Michel). After the first visit in his dream, he did not acted on the request of Michel, to built him a sanctuary on the small hill within the forest near Avranches. The second time Saint Michael...

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  • The island, the bay and the tides

    The tidal difference in the bay of Le Mont Saint Michel are - like in many places around the Normandy peninsula Cotentin - very extreme. In some places and at certain times, 14 meters difference is not unusual. Because the bay is a large open lowland, the tides rush in here over a distance of around thirty kilometers. At low tide, the sea is barely...

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Mont Saint Michel Warnings and Dangers

  • The Tide

    An extra show in Mont St. Michel is the tide. In that plane swamp the longitudinal amplitude of the tide is, sometimes, more than 6 kilometers. But even coming from so far, sometimes the water covers part of the parking area, forcing the cars to retreat. Instructions are posted in menaced areas, you only need to pay attention when parking, to stay...

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  • Treat the sea with great respect.

    The most important thing to remember when thinking about safety at MSM is that the tides around the island rise and fall extremely rapidly. Many, many people have perished over the course of the centuries because they thought they knew better than those who would undoubtedly have advised them not to do it.It is possible to journey across the water...

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  • Limited eating options other than in...

    As you might imagine, Mont St Michel offers a range of restaurants to cater for the ravenous tourist hoardes.I can't comment on the quality of any of these, as we didn't eat in any of them, but a cursory revue of the menus on display outside indicated a pretty standard range of tourist-focused and pris fixee menus. The prices were higher than we'd...

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Mont Saint Michel Tourist Traps

  • CROWDED (yes, really)

    Due to the tourist nature of the Mont it can get very busy, especially in high summer: more than 3 Millions of visitors, so, more than 20,000 people per day during the summer vacations (only 1/3 of them are visiting the Abbey, according to our official guide).In fact, I think the human tide is really worst than the sea's tides... The problem is...

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  • Mere Poulard

    This place is famous for omelets. They make a big show out of beating the eggs a special way. The dining room is, I'm sure, the most expensive place to eats within quite a few miles. The problem is, is that the omelets just aren't that good. If you have an omelet with a little apetizer which is about the cheapest thing on the menu and a glass of...

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  • the streets on the foot of the hill.

    the narrow streets of the small village on the foot of the Mont can be literally a trap. They can get so so crowded that you can find yourself trapped by people in front, behind, at the sides, all over. When I saw what I had to go across, I escaped!

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Mont Saint Michel What to Pack

  • Pack a Sweater & Umbrella

    Only take small bags as I noticed that they have a back check at the entrence and it id not look like they could accomodate large bags. Most definitly I would suggest the following in your packing list... 1. A Sweater as it gets cold 2. a Rain jacket or umbrella as the weather turns quite quickly to rain. 3. Water proof shoes if you plan to wander...

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  • I hate to restate the obvious, but...

    Don't bring backpacks and stuff like that if you're visiting in the warmer months of summer. You`ll be constantly bumped by other tourists and you may end up wishing you had left them in the car (the bags, not the tourists). :-) I suggest NOT wearing flip-flops, despite the sand and sea around the Mont. There are a lot of cobblestones and steps...

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Mont Saint Michel Off The Beaten Path

  • The village church in the shadow of the...

    In the village there is another church, the parish church of the village, devoted to Saint Pierre. It can easily be missed, as it is so overwhelmed by the enormous abbey. That would be a mistake, as the small Notre Dame of Le Mont Saint Michel is a delightful lplace where rest and peace can be found in a touristic mass. It was here that the common...

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  • Take a walk around or to Tombelaine

    When the tide is low, one easily can walk around the island, making it possible to see everything of the island from a distance. It makes Le Mont even more beautiful then it already is, as from every angle the shapes and images look different. Another option is for the hikers among us. In the distance a small island is visible: Tombelaine. This...

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  • The "Grand Stairs" (a stairway to...

    Between the village and the abbey's entrance, the only connection is the "Grand Stairs". This enormous staircase winding up against the Northeastern walls of the abbey, indeed are of a certain grandeur. It was here that for a thousand years the pilgrims lined up to finaly receive their blessings in the abbey. It was here that many returned releaved...

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Mont Saint Michel Favorites

  • changes at MSM by 2015

    Ouch! It sounds like I could save a lot going there independentlyExactly, solo is better but then never try tours...Enjoy MSM before 2015 changes are coming thereread all about it herehttp://www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr/en/why_act/objectives.html walking at low tide to MSM awesome, need to do it again.

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  • DRIVING TO "THE MONT"

    We drove to 'the Mont' via Courtils.Quite a distance away, I suddenly saw "it," I was so excited. As soon as we could find a place to pull off, I was out the Car and taking a photo.Now, we were miles away, and I found that there were plenty more opportunities a lot closer, and a much better photo. It was pretty hazy in the distance, but when...

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  • Indicative fees-general...

    The village : Free - no specific restrictions1. Indicative fees (2009) for the AbbeyTickets available at the entrance of the abbey onlyRates : - individual : 8.50€; ; from 18 to 25 years old included from Ue : free (from UE) otherwise 5€; less than 18 years : free- group (20 persons) or tour operators: 6,50€; - audip-guide: 4.00€; Conducted tour:...

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  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    For information, as of the 3rd June 2013 the price of parking your car at the Mount is going up from 8.50€ to 12€, a rise of some 40%. On the good side you will not have to walk a km to catch the shuttle anymore.

 
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