Mont Saint-Michel Abby (Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel)

#5 in Best Things To Do in Normandy
Mont Saint-Michel Abby (Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel) picture
Mike Cattell/Flickr

Key Info

B.P. 22 - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Surrounded by sea in the high tide and sand in low, Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is one of France’s most-toured sites outside of the popular Parisian landmarks. Its first incarnation was raised on the 264-foot-high rock in 1144, but additions were added well into the 19th century. Today, you can tour the abbey and the little village at its base. Tours are offered all year-round, but you can also traipse the massive structure on your own.

One TripAdvisor user says: “The Mont Saint Michel Abbey is one of the most beautiful and interesting sites in the world. … The hike to the very top is worth the effort to view the surrounding sea and town.” Another TripAdvisor user gives a recommendation, “Rent a car, go in the evening, spend the night, and leave early the next morning -- the abbey and Mont in the morning light is a sight to see.”

Fodor’s warns: “Tides in the bay are dangerously unpredictable. The sea can rise up to 45 feet at high tide and rushes in at incredible speed -- more than a few ill-prepared tourists over the years have drowned.” In low tides, there are also patches of quicksand, so we recommend staying away from the sand flats period.

You'll find this impressive abbey on a skinny strip of land in the English Channel. Admission is €8.50 EUR or about $12 USD. For more information, visit the abbey’s official website.

See all Hotels in Normandy »

More Best Things To Do in Normandy

D-Day Beaches
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 7
#1 D-Day Beaches

World War II’s successful Operation Overlord took place on the coast of France. Although there were heavy Allied casualties, this invasion turned the tide in the war and helped lead to the fall of Nazi Germany. Today this piece of coastline, which includes Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches, is collectively known as the D-Day Beaches.

Visitors can tour the about 50-mile stretch of beach and pop by a number of museums, memorials and cemeteries that have spread out alongside the sand. The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and the Pointe-du-Hoc bomb craters are especially moving. Many recent travelers recommend exploring the beaches with a tour guide.

Read more
caspermoller/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Normandy »

Explore More of Normandy

Recommended

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019

The 8 Best Savannah Ghost Tours

Prove you're not afraid of the dark by taking one of these terrifying tours.

Gwen PratesiMay 31, 2019