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Mont Saint-Michel - Things to Know Before Visiting

50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France

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About Mont Saint-Michel

It is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. An important medieval pilgrimage destination, Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both the 11th- to 13th-century Abbey of Saint-Michel and the Bay of Saint-Michel are protected under this designation. The island has had strategic fortifications since ancient times. It is 247 acres in size and it has a population of 44. People that live there are called the Montois.

Attractions Near Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel Bay
Mont Saint-Michel Bay10.95km from Mont Saint-Michel

Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandy banks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West'. A Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Due to the significant tidal movements in this region, a large part of the bay is uncovered at low tide. There are two granitic islands in the bay: Tombelaine and the Mont-Saint-Michel. It is also home to several birds

Couesnon18.45km from Mont Saint-Michel

The Couesnon is a river running from the département of Mayenne in north-western France. One of the nice locations where you can spend a nice time enjoying nature. Its banks are the starting point for lots of discoveries and outdoor activities. it is one of the main water sources for this area.

Pointe du Grouin
Pointe du Grouin25.82km from Mont Saint-Michel

The westernmost tip of the Mont-Saint-Michel. One of the rocky headlands which lead to the sea and its beauty is truly impressing and also a footpath runs around the cliff face and there is a circular walk starting out from Cancale. One of the beautiful places to spend some nice time.

Château de Combourg
Château de Combourg31.04km from Mont Saint-Michel

A majestic medieval castle which was the birthplace of writer François-René de Chateaubriand. it was constructed between the 12th and the 15th century to defend the Dol Cathedral. A guided tour of the castle described so vividly his Memoirs reveals the rich and tragic history of this illustrious family. One of the beautiful structures which shows light to the history of this area.

Grand Aquarium Saint Malo
Grand Aquarium Saint Malo35.55km from Mont Saint-Michel

One of the beautiful aquarium which will let you discover life under the ocean waves in total immersion. You’ll be surrounded by sharks and giant turtles in the ‘Anneau des mers’ underwater viewing tunnel. More than 6,000 underwater species are there at the Grand Aquarium. 360,000 people visit this site each year making it the second most visited tourist site in Brittany.

Rance36.44km from Mont Saint-Michel

A beautiful river in northern France which was used by the Rance Tidal Power Station and is located in a nice area and the banks of this river is a nice picnic location. You can spend time fishing and also by so many other activities. It flows for 60 kilometers past Dinan to form an estuary on the Brittany coast of the English Channel at Saint-Malo, here the world’s first large-scale tidal plant, using flood and ebb tides to generate electricity, was completed in 1967.

Where is Mont Saint-Michel

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Northwesternmost of the 18 regions of France. Normandy's name comes from the settlement of the territory by mainly Danish and Norwegian Vikings ("Northmen") from the 9th century.