Mont St Michel travel guide

Cities and towns

About Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel in Normandy is a granite tidal island just off the coast, famous for its majestic abbey.

One of France's main tourist attractions, the Mont St Michel captivates the 3 million visitors every year who come to experience the magic of this sacred place. The incredible 11th century abbey rises out of the mists, a calling to today's visitors just as it has been to the pilgrims of the past. Known in France as La Merveille ('The Marvel') the Mont is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. The first church here, on which the abbey is built, was created by St Aubert after a vision of the Archangel Michael.  

Access to the Mont is across a causeway through the Baie du Mont St Michel, an area of mudflats known for its extreme tides that sweep in quickly and can catch out the unsuspecting! Take the walk to the abbey at the top of the Mont, wandering up stone stairs and through the Mont's one street, the Grande Rue where you'll find créperies, restaurants and gift shops full of souvenirs to remember your journey to the Mont. Stay overnight to truly enjoy the beauty of the Mont St Michel when it is quieter and floodlit - the illumination makes the architecture even more striking as you sample some fantastic seafood in the Mont's restaurants. There is also the Mont St Michel Marathon most years in May that runs from nearby Cancale to the Mont itself, the competitors not only racing each other but also the bay's infamous tides.

Why visit Mont St Michel?

  • The Abbey
  • The Architecture
  • The Churches
  • The Museums

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Normandy
  • Department: Manche
  • Population: 40
  • Coordinates: 48.636369,-1.511822

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

The Archéoscope is a multimedia sound and light show based on the history and legends of the Mont. Watch as the myths and history come to life on a big screen, with a 3D model of the Mont which rises from the water of a pool...

The History Museum on Mont St Michel contains lots of artefacts to understand the Mont's long and vibrant history. Here you'll find a collection of ancient weapons, medieval instruments of torture and you can also visit the...

The Mont St Michel abbey is a Romanesque and Gothic masterpiece of design and a phenomenal work of architecture.

This small chapel is perched at the foot of the island where there is a set of stone steps out to reach it. It was built in 708 on an outcrop of rock that legend says fell from the top of the mount after being pushed by a...

Places to visit nearby

Avranches in Normandy is an historical city that was once a royal city under Louis IX, and saw an important battle during WW2, overlooking the beautiful bay of Mont St Michel.

Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany is a quaint medieval town close to the rugged Mont Dol that overlooks the bay of Mont St Michel.

Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy is known as the 'city of copper', because of it's talented copper artisans, and is a beautifully preserved medieval town.

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