Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy (France): where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky islet located in Normandy, on the northern coast of France, famous throughout the world for its tidal phenomena. In fact, if at low tide the island is within walking distance and takes the shape of a peninsula, when the tide rises, the hill is isolated from the mainland, bringing you back to a medieval atmosphere full of charm and mystery.

Here is a driving on Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy: where is it, when to go and what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see in Mont Saint-Michel
  5. What to do in Mont Saint-Michel: excursions and tours
  6. Curiosities and historical notes
  7. How much does it cost to visit Mont Saint-Michel? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 33
  • Language: French
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: oceanic, cool and humid, with rainfall distributed throughout the year
  • Closest airports: Dinard (DNR) at 52 km; Rennes (RNS) at 72 km; Jersey (JER) at 116 km; Guernsey (GCI) at 165 km

Where it is

Mont Saint-Michel is a commune in France. Located on the north coast, it is part of the Normandy territory and is located on the Channel. It is a tidal island, located at the mouth of the Couesnon River.

How to reach us

  • From Paris: a comfortable 1-day guided tour is recommended. Alternatively, flight to Rennes (approximately 1 hour), then 1 hour by car. Or train from Paris Montparnasse to Villedieu-les-Poêles and from there bus. For more autonomy, take a rental car (from € 30,00 / day), Mont Saint-Michel is 366 km away (4 h by car)

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: Atlantic, cold and humid for most of the year. Precipitation is distributed throughout the months and there is always a lot of wind. The temperatures do not drop below freezing for a few days and never exceed 25 ° in summer
  • Best time: certainly spring and summer, when the hours of light are more abundant
  • Period to avoid: winter because the sun, assuming it shows itself, has a very poor stay
  • Advice: the oceanic influence causes the weather to change rapidly. Bring with you a kway, comfortable and waterproof shoes and never forget a heavy sweatshirt, even if you travel in summer

What to see in Mont Saint-Michel

  1. Mont Saint-Michel abbey: a true prodigy of military ecclesiastical architecture, consisting of over 20 rooms, including the monks' ambulatory, the abbey church, the cloister of the "Merveille", the guest room and the refectory. Located on the highest part of the hill, the abbey is flooded with light, giving a mystical and unique atmosphere
  2. Maree: they are certainly the best known phenomenon linked to Mont Saint-Michel. The sea retreats up to 15 km from the coast of the island, discovering the beach and then rising quickly, creating the most visible spectacle in all of Western Europe at least twice a day
  3. Walk in the bay: can only be done with an expert guide. In some periods of the year, when the sun-earth-moon alignment is optimal, the water rises quickly and therefore it is good to know at what time the phenomenon will happen, moreover the bay is full of quicksand and can therefore be very dangerous to inexperienced travelers
  4. Grande Rue: walking along this Mont Saint-Michel street is like living in a medieval village. The long uphill road runs through the center to take you up to the abbey showing you quaint shops and a famous restaurant
  5. Omelette by Mere Poulard: this inn is the most famous of Mont Saint-Michel, it offers over 700 recipes. Absolutely to stop to taste the delicious omelettes

What to do in Mont Saint-Michel: excursions and tours

Curiosities and historical notes

The Mont Saint-Michel abbey was built in 709 AD at the request of the same Archangel Michael who appeared in a dream to Bishop Aubert. Although remembered as a saint, Michael is actually one of the most important Archangels of the celestial sphere, whose name means "he who is like God" and is almost always depicted as a warrior defender of the faith.

But besides the cult of St. Michael the Archangel, what is surprising about Mont Saint Michel are the tides, particularly visible during the spring. The Earth-Sun-Moon alignment leads to the raising of the water that flows to the promontory and then moves away from it. To be sure to witness this phenomenon it is good to consult the tide calendar, also remember to always rely on an expert guide to explore the bay!

How much does it cost to visit Mont Saint-Michel? Prices, offers and advice

Definitely Mont Saint-Michel it is not a cheap destination: the very small structure of the island and the great tourist demand mean that i prices are higher than the average of Brittany and Normandy.

However, it is undeniable that a visit to this unique place in the world leaves an indelible memory and that it is really worth spending a little more to visit it.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • starting from € 147,00 -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 759,00 per person -

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