Mont St-Michel, Normandy, France
Visit Mont St-Michel – Entry Gates
There are two entry gates when you visit Mont St-Michel. The gates are beside each other at the base of the island. There is no charge to enter either one. To the right, head through the Boulevard Gate and then the King’s Gate to the Grand Rue (Main Street) past 15th century houses, souvenir shops, restaurants and museums. The Archeoscope museum is dedicated to the island and its history. Also consider the Museum of History, the Maritime & Ecology Museum, the Parish Church of St Pierre and the 14th Century Tiphaine’s House. These attractions are on the Grand Rue, which is extremely cluttered with tourists.
The Porte Eschaugette, the gate entrance on the left, heads straight up to the base of the Abbey. There is a fee to enter the Abbey of Mont St-Michel. The two paths connect with each other, so you can make a round trip on foot.
Cloister in the Abbey, © Can Stock Photo / Elenathewise
Visit Mont St-Michel – Abbey
Near the top of the island, climb the Grand Degré (Grande Staircase) to the Abbaye du Mont-St-Michel. The Abbey has 3 levels. On the lower level, stop at the Crypt of Our Lady of the 30 Tapers. On the top floor, you will find La Merveille (the Marvel) with the bell tower, the spire and the cloister. Enjoy the views over the bay. Time your visit to hear a concert in the Abbey. For more info on current events, try the Mont St-Michel Tourism of Office.
Visit Mont St-Michel – More Sights
- Have an omelette at La Mere Poulard located immediately at the beginning of the Grand Rue.
- Try one of the creperies, also known to visitors as pancake bars, such as Crêperie La Cloche, Le Chapeau Rouge or Crêperie La Sirène.
- There are some nice restaurants facing out along the top of the east wall.
- Walk down to Tour (Tower) Gabriel, St Aubert’s Chapel and the Fountain of St Aubert at the water’s edge.
- Hike through the mud flats, but for safety consider a guide who knows the route and the tides. The tides can change by up to 50 feet.