Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. The island is located about one kilometer off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 7 hectares in area.Download the Travel Map 🗺️
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Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky island that stands alone in the middle of a sandy plain in Normandy, France and is topped by a famous 11th century abbey.
It has the particularity of being erected on a rocky islet, surrounded by a magnificent bay, theater of the biggest tides of continental Europe. The Mont and its bay are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between Normandy and Brittany, this grandiose site, located 3 hours 30 minutes from Paris, is one of the most visited sites in France.
Linked to the continent by a narrow road that the high tides sometimes make disappear completely, the Mont Saint Michel is a major tourist attraction with many visits and excellent restaurants. The illuminations that light up the island at dusk are absolutely magical.
It is the maritime environment that determined the choice of the monks of the Middle Ages to settle on this precise spot and to build what was to become one of the most extraordinary buildings of religious architecture. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, is said to have founded a sanctuary on Mont-Tombe in 708, after three successive apparitions of the archangel Saint Michael.
Overlooking the immensity of the bay, the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is the highlight of the visit.
To have another point of view on the Wonder, we can only advise you to cross the bay with a guide.
The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is the scene of the biggest tides in continental Europe. Come to assist to the high tides and admire the spectacle that nature offers you!
Some days of the year are more suitable to observe this phenomenon. As soon as the tidal coefficient exceeds 110, the Mont becomes an island again, for a few hours. The water comes to cover the submersible ford. The rock is then cut off from its access.
It all depends on where you start from.
You can get there by train from Paris. The closest train station to Mont-Saint-Michel is Pontorson.
By car, the parking lot is now located 2.5 kilometers from Mont-Saint-Michel intra-muros. Free shuttle buses and pedestrian paths lead visitors to the Mont. The horse-drawn shuttle is a nice alternative to get to the Mont.
On foot, visitors can take the new footbridge, which blends in beautifully with the landscape.
In the shuttle, passengers are dropped off 400 meters from Mont-Saint-Michel, so that only pedestrians have a clear view of the Mont and the bay.
In order to observe the phenomenon of the rising tide and the arrival of the tidal bore at Mont Saint-Michel, it is recommended to be present 2 hours before the time of high tide.
Observe the phenomenon from the Mount, the ramparts, the West Terrace (in front of the abbey, access to which is included in the visit), or the new footbridge. On high tide days, young and old alike enjoy being there to watch the sea rise at an impressive speed. It is a very nice moment.
The bay is also a privileged "observation post": the Roche Torin in Courtils, the Grouin du Sud in Vains-Saint-Léonard or the Gué de l'Epine in Val-Saint-Père.
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Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. The island lies approximately one kilometer off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 7 hectares in area
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