Le Mont St Michel is a unique place! Mont St Michel is a majestic granite promontory about three quarters of a mile from the Normandy shore (island). The views of the “rock” from the distance are stunning. Mont St. Michel is home to an 8th century monastery that was dedicated to St. Michael. An 11th century church adjoins the abbey. Today, visitors can take a causeway to the island – a wise decision since the tide in this area rises without warning at over two feet per second
We recommend lunch at the famous Mère Poulard restaurant where omelets are unlike any place else.
NOTE: A visit to Mont St Michel does involve a good amount of walking and climbing. The car park is located 2.5 km from the actual Mont. The shuttles getting to MSM leave from the front of the parking lot and drop you off at about 400m from the entrance.
There is a small town (Grande Rue) before reaching the Abbey. You will walk through the village on a 200m paved way, which climbs progressively. On the top of the main street, close to the parish church, starts the “Grand Degré ” stairs which lead to the Abbey – 350 steps in all and there are no elevators to access it. The staircase is not one long staircase but rather a winding one that does offer some opportunities to rest and enjoy the view but there are still quite a few steps together. The Abbey itself is 3 levels, reaching to a height of 80m.