A short, flat, easy path.
A trip to Mont Saint-Michel
is an unforgettable experience. The medieval monastery perched on the round island of Mont Saint-Michel has an Old World charm that you won't soon forget. Touted as one of France's most stunning sites, it was once one of Europe's major pilgrimages. Now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
, it is still an extremely popular destination.
Need to Know
The hike to Mont Saint-Michel follows along the course of the Couesnon River. From the large parking area, you'll join many other hikers on the path out to the causeway. There is a visitor center if you would like more information before beginning the hike.
The first part is a wide path, atop a grassy dike alongside the river. You'll already have fabulous views of the isle in the distance over the bay. Very soon the Couesnon, will widen into a large estuary—at high tide you'll be hiking along the water, and at low tide, the bay will be a large sandy expanse with tide pools. You can book a guide if you would like to hike out on the bay at low tide.
The walkway will eventually lead you to Mont Saint-Michel, where you can explore the wonder of this medieval abbey perched in the bay between Normandy and Brittany.
History & Background
A Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Saint Michael that was built in the 11th and 16th centuries. One of Europe's great pilgrimage sites.
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