Mont Saint Michel Travel Guide

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Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

  • The Abbey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mont St. Michel was my nephew's pick and I think it was because someone recommended it to him. He said that he wanted to go to the very top and to do that you have to go inside the Abbey so we paid the admission fee (9€ for adults, 7€ for under 26s, free for under 26s from the EU). Audio guides are extra so we just used the paper leaflet to guide...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Mont Saint Michel Hotels

  • Hotel Formule Verte

    Route Du Mont Saint Michel BP8, Mont-St-Michel, 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Relais Du Roy

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • 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

Mont Saint Michel Restaurants

  • 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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  • Delicious Galettes!

    La Cloche Creperie is situated along the main street (le Grande Rue) on Le Mont St Michel. We browsed many cafes along this route before settling (quitem comfortably) in this homey establishment. Nothing fancy, but the food is divine and you can watch the cooks prepare every dish in front of you if you sit in the main area. There is also a loft...

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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

  • Driving to Mont St. Michel

    To visit Mont St. Michel, they now have remote pay parking lots with free shuttle buses that take you within walking distance of it. We paid 11.70€ to park which is the maximum charge for a day. The bus makes one stop in the hamlet before it's final destination, the hamlet has restaurants, hotels and a supermarket.The shuttle buses were frequent,...

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  • By Car

    Arriving on the mainland off St Michel Mount by car, there is plenty of parking. Take the Navette bus to the mount its free and runs every few minutes.The Navette bus has a drivers cab at each end so do not need to turn round. The Navette bus picks up at the car park and at the hotels stop on the mainland.

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  • By Bus to Mount St Michel.

    From Dol de Bretagne there is bus 17A to Ponterson, then bus to the Mount. Also from the front of Dol de Bretagne rail station is a once a day bus direct to the Mount about 11am ,different times weekdays to sunday.

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Mont Saint Michel Shopping

  • 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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  • The perfect gift for your child!

    I am a great fan of museum bookshops, and was delighted to find that the one at Mont St Michel stocked several in the Usborne range of children's activity books, including this outstanding sticker book on knights and castles. Usborne is a British publisher which offers a terrific range of educational and activity books that have formed the mainstay...

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Mont Saint Michel Local Customs

  • Agneau de pré-salé

    On the salt marshes around Mont Saint Michel they graze sheep which provides salt meadow lamb that has a really distinctive, subtle flavour. The marshes are covered in halophyte grasses with a high salinity and iodine content; this causes their meat to have the distinct taste that is considered a delicacy in the area. Look out for it on menus – it...

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  • 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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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 General

  • 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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  • INTRODUCTION - BRIEF HISTORY

    The Mont St Michel island located just off the coast of the region of Normandie, best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the medieval town. It was one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the Medieval occident. For nearly one thousand years, men, women and children...

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    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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Waves advancing like galloping white horses
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The saint after which the Mont is named
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Is this a monastery or a fortress?
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