Worth a visit

Guided tour of the abbey, Admire the bay and its greatest tidal range in continental Europe, Crossing the bay, etc...
Plenty of activities on and around the Mont-Saint-Michel !

Not to be missed

Abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel

The Benedictine abbey atop the mount has always been the main goal for pilgrims and tourists alike. It is reached via the steep winding village street lined by museums, restaurants and shops. The abbey’s powerful architecture dates mainly from medieval times. It still inspires awe, showing military as well as religious strength.

Inside the sober abbey buildings, absorb the exceptional atmosphere of the church and cloisters and also that of the grand chambers across the wing known as The Marvel, clinging so spectacularly to the rock. In 1966, the abbey celebrated the 1000th year since its foundation. Since then, a part of the abbey has been re-occupied by a small religious community.

Far above the abbey church’s spectacular flying buttresses and Gothic pinnacles, an acrobatic statue of Saint Michael, weigher of souls, stands at the highest point on the mount. Made by the sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet in the 19th century, it recalls the origins of the Christian foundation here.

On summer evenings, you can tour the abbey as night falls, with music and lights adding to the special ambiance.

Several times a year, classical concerts are staged at the abbey.

The abbey's powerful architecture dates mainly from medieval times.

Adimiring the bay with the greates tidal range in Continental Europe

The Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel is subject to some of the biggest tidal ranges or variations in the world, creating an ever-changing seascape. It makes for a sublime sight, watching the waters and patterns across the vast bay change hour by hour, minute by minute. The glorious Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel has, like the holy mount itself, been classified a World Heritage Site.

Hiking across the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel

For a truly unforgettable hike, join a guided walk across the bay. Given the dangers of the tides and quicksands, it is very strongly recommended that you head out with a guide.

Nearby

The Avranches Scriptorial Interactive museum, home to the Mont-Saint-Michel manuscripts.

The Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel and the largest tidal range in continental Europe

The Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel is subject to the largest tidal range in continental Europe during spring tides. The waters can withdraw as far as 25km from the shore. After low tide, the local saying goes that the seawaters rush back in to the bay ‘at the pace of a galloping horse’. The waters certainly come in fast, so don’t get caught out by the rising tide!

The Association Pour la Mise en Valeur du Patrimoine de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel works towards the preservation and promotion of the bay. This organisation offers a variety of ways for visitors to discover the bay.

‘Sur les chemins des pèlerins d’antan’, for example, allows you to emulate the pilgrims of yesteryear, who would gather at the port of Genêts east of the mount and then walk across the bay at low tide, led by a knowledgeable guide. Today, you are encouraged to come in shorts and walk bare-foot, as there are streams to ford. The route is 6km long, or 12km from Genêts and back.

Crossing the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel

At low tide, and especially during spring tides, the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel unveils its secret life. As the hours pass, as the seasons change, you can appreciate the surprising array of flora, fauna, streams and mudflats, as well as the changing light and reflections of this exceptional environment.

However, always be aware that the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel can be dangerous. If you wish to cross it on foot, it is very strongly advised that you go with an experienced guide. You can get further information at any of the local tourist offices, not just at the Mont Saint-Michel itself, but also at Avranches, Pontorson, or Porte de la Baie Tourisme branches on the eastern side of the bay.