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  • Hours: Open daily (access depends on the tides)
  • Admission: Free

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Mont Saint Michel

The slender towers and sky-scraping turrets of the abbey of Mont Saint Michel are one of the classic images of northern France. Rising from flat white sands, the abbey sits atop a small island encircled by stout ramparts and battlements, connected to the mainland by an old causeway. Legend has it that the abbey was founded in the 8th century, when Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, was visited by the Archangel Michael in a dream; to this day the abbey is still crowned by a gilded copper statue of Michael slaying a dragon, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

The bay around Mont Saint Michel is famous for its extreme tides. Depending on the season and the gravitational pull of the moon, the difference between low and high tides can reach 50 feet (15 m), although the Mont is only completely surrounded by the sea during seasonal equinoxes. Regardless of the time of year, the waters sweep in at an astonishing rate; at low tide the Mont can be surrounded by bare sand for miles around, but at high tide, barely six hours later, the whole bay is often entirely submerged by the sea.

Practical Info

Despite the huge tides, Mont Saint Michel is never cut off from the mainland - the causeway is always accessible but check which car park you should use. A local bus takes 15 minutes from Pontorson on the mainland to the Mont or one hour from St-Malo. Trains come up from Paris to Caen, then from Caen to Pontorson.

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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux

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Location: Bayeux, France
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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

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