Mont St Michel is thought to be the second most visited attraction for tourists
outside of Paris. Built in the Seventh Century as a simple oratory,
it has been the destination of pilgrimages ever since. Richard 1, Duke
of Normandy, started the impressive Abbey built on the top of the mount
in the year 966, but sections were added right up to the 16th Century,
so that it is now quite an extraordinary mix of architectural styles.
As well as daytime guided tours, there are now tours for groups at
night. Le Mont St Michel by candlelight and firelight is a memorable
experience! The nighttime tour is called Les Imaginaries du Mont St
Michel and is a superb sound and light show presented as you walk through
the Abbey in your own time. (June September starts 9-10 pm until 1am)
There is now a new causway to the Abbey You must park in the specified area and with your parking fee you get free travel to and from the Mount
For day time visits the Mount is generally quieter during the mid week
except during school holidays and during late July till the end of August.
If you walk around the ramparts or, better still, around the base of
the mount you are likely to meet less tourists and will get to see the
small chapel which was the original construction on the site. There
is a story to be heard that the Archbishop had a dream that told him
to construct a place of worship on the mount and from this dream, Le
Mont St Michel as we see it today, was conceived.
It should always be bourn in mind that the tides in this region have
over the years claimed many lives because they are phenomenally high
and due to this come in very fast. Were you to be still down at the
base of the Mount when the tide comes in it would be possible to end
up stranded on the rocks. So if you intend to walk around the Mount
you would be well advised to check the times of the tides before you
The costal road from Avranches to Jullouville via St Jean Le Thomas
has been described as the most beautiful few kilometres in France because
of the views of Le Mont St Michel and so is well worth the trip especially
on a clear day.