Mont Saint Michel | France Travel Diaries

Mont Saint Michel

Today I am sharing our travel diary from Mont Saint Michel, Normandy; one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from France. We went to Paris from Athens and the next day we went to Mont Saint Michel for a 1-day trip.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is a historic location off France’s northwestern coast, in Normandy, France. It is a small island that has had its share of grand fortifications. Since 8th century AD, it has been the seat of the monastery of Mont Saint Michel. Mont Saint Michel is located on this small island in Lower Normandy. Currently, this small island has a town with a population of 44 (as of 2009) inhabitants.

We took a 1-day tour for Mont Saint Michel by Tours4Fun. Due to the lack of time we had and the long distance from Paris (~4 hrs by road – one way), we were bound to take 1-day tour. But, if you have more time on hand, then you probably would like to experience more of Normandy. Our tour started at 7:15 am from Rue des Pyramides and we reached back in Paris around 9 pm.

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Views like these from our bus ride

Our tour included to-and-fro bus journey from Paris, lunch before entering the island, and entrance tickets for the monastery.

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View from one of the streets of the town
 
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Gothic style interior of the church abbey
 
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The cloister at the abbey, earlier used by monks to meditate and later for some vegetation.
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Facade of the church abbey of Mont Saint Michel
 
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The narrow shopping streets of the town
 
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Dreamy waves and their after marks

Things to do in Mont Saint Michel

  • Visit the Abbey, monastery, the cloister, and beautiful architecture inside the churches.
  • Go to the top and enjoy breathtaking views of the waves and white sand shimmering from beneath.
  • Try the famous fluffy omelet of Mont Saint Michel.
  • Stroll through La Grande Rue—shopping street where you can find all kinds of souvenirs, local supplies, cafes, etc.

The town on this island is very tactfully divided into TOP: God, Abbey, and monastery and BELOW: halls, stores, and housing. You can visit this site without a guide but I suggest taking the plunge of having a guide alongside. With so much of history and knowledge, a guide can always make your trip a more meaningful one. You can also opt for the audio guides available by paying an extra 4,50€.

The grandeur of the abbey perched as high as 80 m defines the picturesque views of the island. It's a huge site with over 20 rooms to explore that include the huge book printing hall, resting area for the pilgrims, chapel, etc. In addition to all the tactful architecture, equally relevant are the gorgeous views from the beautiful stained glass windows of the abbey.

Access from the car park:

Our tour bus took us up to the car park area and there we had lunch in a restaurant. From there we took the 'Passeur' shuttle bus that runs from the shuttle hub near the car park area and drops you at the Mont Saint Michel stop, around 400 m before the city walls. It takes around 12 minutes. It's a free service and runs continuously from 7:30 am to 1 am.

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Passeur shuttle bus
  You can also take a ride on the horse-drawn carriages or walk to the city of Mont Saint Michel.
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Horse carriages <3
 
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Mont Saint Michel as seen from the bridge near the car park area

How’s What in Mont Saint Michel?

Food: In general, food is amazing in Europe; but for this little island, especially, the fluffy omelet is a must. Their fluffy omelets that come in a variety of options are so fluffy that you just can't ignore them. These are usually served with a side of chips and salad.

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Special Mont Saint Michel omelet

Transport: On the island, walking is the best (almost only) option. With the narrow streets and stairs, walking opens doors to so many beautiful views.

People: We didn't really get a chance to interact with the locals (as less as 44); all we could see were tourists. But whoever we got to interact with was very pleasing.

Tour: Our 1-day tour from Tours4Fun was a great choice, especially because we were staying in Paris. Ours was a guided tour Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us great insights into the vast world of Normandy. We opted for the lunch inclusive option, which was a great 3-course French lunch with the local bottle of cider and pictures perfect views of Mont Saint Michel. Although I highly recommend this tour, I suggest you opt for lunch exclusive option as that gives you more margin to indulge in local delicacies, especially the fluffy omelet.

I hope you liked the post from our France travel diaries.

Have you been to France? Did you get a chance to visit Mont Saint Michel? If yes, share your stories with me in the comment section, would love to know your stories. ? If not, then I hope you get to visit France soon.

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  • Preeti

    mesmerizing 😀

    • Thank you 🙂 :*

  • Shelley Allsop

    Amazing pictures. Such a beautiful place and full of so much history. Glad you enjoyed it x

  • Prateek Goel

    Wonderful photographs!! Mont Saint Michel is such a beautiful place. Churches and historic places looks the best out there. I think had a great time out there.

  • Takara Ayana

    Great post and photos! I never even knew this place existed until now. I may add it to my list of places to visit!

  • Mount saint micheal is beautiful ! I have a cousin who lives in Paris and I am hoping to visit next year, so this will definitely be on my ‘to see list’!

  • Brennan Jordan

    Very beautiful pictures! In the very limited traveling outside of the states that I’ve done, I’ve always found the architecture of churches to be some of the coolest sites! Other than a layover in Paris on my honeymoon to Ireland I’ve never been to France. I’d love to check it out sometime!

  • Ania Ewelina

    This is such a beautiful town. I’ve been to a couple places in France and it’s so beautiful outside of Paris. I’ll actually be in France in a couple weeks and if I have time I’ll definitly try to make it out here.

  • Catvills

    What a picturesque spot! I have never traveled to that place before. Every time I am in France, I get drawn to the commercial district and downtowm coffee shops. The next time I find myself in France, I will make sure I visit Mont Saint Michel

  • Hal Yusuf

    that looks like a good tour…i like those quaint little towns as I’m from a big city and so its a nice change..so really you need a complete day for this..hmm i wish it was a faster trip

  • The narrow shopping centre reminds me of the scenes from Harry Potter of Dalgon Alley. I love it! I would should there in a minute! ~ http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

  • This place in France looks amazing. We are actually driving all around their next year, this could be a defo potential pit stop

  • Nayna Kanabar

    I have only bern to Paris and really wish to visit more parts of France. This place looks spectacular, the photos you have taken are stunning and so beautiful.

  • Wellness and Lifestyle

    I have never been to Mont Saint Michael before but I have been reading about it a lot lately. I probably have to visit it too.

  • Everything about Normandy brings back wondeful memories of my time there. I plan to go back and visit Mobt Saint Michel again.

  • Familyearthtrek

    I have seen so many photo of this place and althought I find it beautiful and fascinating I havent really an urge to get there. But now after this post I think Ive changed my mind! Didnt know actually it was a small town in there!

  • We are in the process of planning our next trip to Europe for next year and have already committed to seeing the Netherlands, Norway and France. This day trip from Paris just looks like a must to get into our itinerary. The whole place looks just gorgeous! Sp picturesque, not to mention lovely architecture and interesting history. I think it would be such a wonderful place to experience.

  • Chinedu Agwu

    Your photography skills are superb. You really captured to view well, this day trip just sounded wonderful! It looks so serene and picturesque. I hope to visit sometime. Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Mont Saint Miachel looks superb getaway from Paris. This place has stunning churches, spendid architectural buildings and monasteries. Loved those narrow streets.

  • David Elliott

    It looks so beautiful there. I love that it looks like a castle out in the middle of nowhere. And then the inner streets and architecture are absolutely amazing.

  • Elinam Adjogble

    Beautiful post! I’ve actually been to France I didn’t get the chance to visit Mont Saint Michel. The picture of the fluffy omelet will be engraved in my brain for a while haha.