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There are a lot of things to do in Mont Saint Michel, France. This exquisite gothic landmark lies along a coastline and its extravagant and intricate architecture has been appreciated worldwide. This prettiest place worth visiting in France is also a famous pilgrimage site. You can indulge in various activities such as visiting the Mont Saint Michel Abbey, exploring the Cross the Bay, going camping, visiting the Eglise Saint Pierre, viewing the La Chapelle Saint Aubert, and visiting the La Grande Rue.

Apart from the same, you can tour the abbey’s cloister, refectory, and visit the ramparts in this extravagant Gothic landmark, filled with markers from the Medieval architecture. You can also visit Mont Saint Michel pilgrimages, and explore the La Mere Poulard, one of the most famous and a legendary institution at Mont Saint Michel. With varied options available to tour, view, experience and visit, there is no dearth of activities or things to do in Mont Saint Michel.
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Activities to Do in Mont Saint Michel


Explore the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont Saint Michel in the Normandy region of France is an ensemble stunning with medieval walls and slender spires. Mont Saint Michel-Abbey is often addressed as the "Wonder of the Western World". This Abby is a world heritage and is a classic example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. 

Mont Saint Michel, situated along the coast of Normandy is 360 kilometers away from Paris. Transportation provisions from Paris to Mont Saint Michel, include train, personal car, and conducted bus trips. The commune is open from 9 am to 7 pm during peak season i.e from April to September. During the off-season, the opening hours are from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

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Enjoy the Best Views at Cross the Bay

Crossing the bay during low tides and enjoying the best views of the landscape is definitely one of the most fascinating things to do in Saint Mont Michel in France. During the same activity, a clear sight of fauna and flora can be explored in the clear water along the coastline. Even though crossing the bay is allowed only during low tides, the crossing can be tricky and so the same is advised to do it under the supervision of a guide for the added safety of the visitor. However, the best time to cross the bay is between morning 9 am- 10 pm, and evening 3 pm - 4 pm.

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Admire the Eglise Saint Pierre

Eglise Saint Pierre is a beautiful church located almost halfway up the hill. If you intend to halt somewhere in the middle on the way, then this is your ideal landmark, with beautifully ornate elements with calm and serene surroundings. The architecture is blended with stone work and is definitely a visual treat to architecture and design enthusiasts. This pitstop is worthwhile for its calmness and holy nature around the Eglise Saint Pierre. The paintings and artworks created back in the historical period are rested here and are indeed a treasure for knowing the history closely.

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Discover the La Chapelle-Saint-Aubert

Amongst the many other things to do in Mont Saint Michel, discovering and exploring the beauty of the hidden gem La Chapelle Saint Aubert is worthwhile. This place looks more or less similar to a dreamy French heritage area with modest structures and paintings inside. This place might seem quieter and serene, and the views from Saint Aubert are finest during high tide, however the safety part has to be taken special care of. This very calm and beautiful church located near Saint Mont Michel is definitely worthy of adding up to the things to do in Mont Saint Michel, France.

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Stroll Around La Grande Rue

With tiny little stores and small cafes, Le Grande Rue is Mont Saint Michel's Main street and looks absolutely like a dreamy French village. Strolling around the streets of La Grande Rue is definitely one of the most relaxing and fun things to do in Saint Mont Michel. During the peak season, the street can be considerably crowded because of  the huge number of tourists visiting the area, however, the street looks breathtakingly gorgeous during evenings and off-season. This place can be your little relaxing and chilling space after an eventful trek and trip to Saint Mont Michel.

Explore the Barrage sur le Couesnon

It might be surprising to find a dam to visit in the list of "things to do at Saint Mont Michel, France ''.  However, visiting the dam is worthwhile for the nice little spot as it turns itself to be perfect for a cute picnic. This short stretch of concrete and metal offers some spectacular views followed by places to hang out. This can indeed be your perfect space to get away from the hustle and rush of the city. Bus facilities are available to Barrage sur le Couesnon and it is highly recommended to visit during the daytime.

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Visit La Porte du Roy

La Porte du Roy is an entrance at Saint Mont Michel that you cannot miss by any chance. However, taking a few minutes to stop by the entrance, and experiencing the beauty is indeed one of the joyous things to do in Saint Mont Michel. The arch at the entrance is nothing less than a pure magnificent work of art along with a portcullis. The architecture of the tunnel and arch running back to the historic ages have significant contributions to the story of the place. The intricate design and the beautiful detailings are worth all your time to pause, and explore at the entrance.

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Go Shopping

Shopping by the nearby places and Le Grande Rue is an amazing choice to get some souvenirs from Saint Mont Michel. The street is also famous for some great cuisines and cafes. The cute little street offers a lot for you to go shopping spree. Tourists usually find themselves to be here getting the best and most authentic pieces from Le Grande Rue.

Enjoy an Overnight Stay

Mont Saint Michel is effortlessly beautiful in the light. The architecture and landscape with evening lights look brilliantly breathtaking and amazing. With multiple options for hotels to stay near the island, it is worthwhile to stay here overnight and get immersed in the beauty of the landscape and Saint Mont Michel. With the option to pick hotels of different ranges, it is easy to find a stay and it is also listed as one among the fascinating things to do in Saint Mont Michel.

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Go Camping

Camping at Mont Saint Michel is also another amazing activity to do at this prettiest place in France. The same has been listed under the "best things to do in Mont Saint Michel France". By camping, you get to explore the true beauty of the Normandy coastline and the landscapes of Mont Saint Michel. Balcon de la Banie, Le Bois Coudrais, de Ile Verte, Lez- Eaux, O2 camping, and La Baie du Mont Saint Michel, are some of the amazing options to consider while camping near this world-heritage region as inscribed by UNESCO. Camping at Mont Saint Michel is one of the most brilliant ways to make the most out of the magic the place has to offer.

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  1. What are the best activities to do in Mont Saint Michel?

    • Cross the bay : Crossing the bay during low tides and enjoying the best views of the landscape. A clear sight of fauna and flora can be explored in the clear water along the coastline. The best time to cross the bay is between morning 9 am- 10 pm, and evening 3 pm - 4 pm. 

    • Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey: The Abby is a classic example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Mont Saint Michel Abbey is situated along the coast of Normandy and is 360 kilometers away from Paris. The commune is open from 9 am to 7 pm during peak season i.e from April to September. During the off-season, the opening hours are from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. 

    • La Chapelle-Saint-Aubert: Discover and explore the beauty of the hidden gem La Chapelle Saint Aubert. This place looks more or less similar to a dreamy French heritage area with modest structures and paintings inside. This very calm and beautiful church located near Saint Mont Michel is definitely worthy of adding up to the things to do at Mont Saint Michel, France.

    • Go shopping: After a busy day at trekking and exploring, ease yourself by going shopping in the beautiful streets of La Grande Rue. The street is also famous for some great cuisines and cafes. The cute little street offers a lot for you to go shopping spree.
  2. Is it worth visiting Mont Saint-Michel?

    This tiny commune on an island in France is definitely one of the prettiest places in France. The same had been acknowledged by the endless tourists and also UNESCO has marked this commune along the coasts of Normandy as a world heritage area. It's worth all your time, for the Gothic landmark and the brilliant architecture of Saint Mont Michel awaits you to experience and witness a rich history and culture.

  3. How much time do you need at Mont Saint-Michel?

    To walk around and visit the beauty in all its glory and in its real essence, it will take around 3-5 hours. To explore the abbey and other nearby parts of Saint Mont Michel, 5 hours would be really sufficient, and can help you to immerse yourself, and understand the history even more. 

  4. What is the best time to visit Mont Saint Michel?

    It is advised that the best time to visit Mont Saint Michel is from May to September for its beautiful and mild climate. The appealing weather conditions help you to feel and experience the true beauty of Saint Mont Michel in all its glory. Another advantage of visiting this pilgrimage center in this peak period is that a lot of other events take place during this time, which is definitely worth your extra time during the visit.

  5. Why is mont saint Michel famous?

    Mont Saint Michel is famous for its notable gothic features which portray it as one of the major landmarks of Gothic culture. With a rich sense of history and cultural background, Mont Saint Michel has been inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979. For its brilliant architecture and historical references running back to ages Mont Saint Michel has millions of visitors annually.

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