That’s when this exceptional monument reveals its quieter side, alongside its alleyways and passages, its ramparts and roofs. You can take in the panoramic view of the bay and watch as one of the highest tides in Europe transforms the monument into an island surrounded by the sea.
At the top of the mount, the abbey is an architectural masterpiece, one of the greatest centres of medieval pilgrimage, and a challenge to attacks by men, the weather, and the elements.
Spending the night on the mount is a timeless experience, and one of the highlights of this journey.
The polders offer remarkable views of a lesser-known side of the Mont.
When the sun goes down, it’s as if time has stopped. Visit the abbey at night! Concerts and cultural events all summer long.
– 1st: Chapelle Saint-Anne, 4 rue de la Mairie – Saint Broladre.
– 2nd: Rue des 4 Solines, follow it straight ahead until the intersection.
– 3rd: After the “Ferme Neuve” (“new farm”): Go to the Barrage du Couesson (dam) and reach Mont-Saint-Michel by shuttle in 45 minutes.
Where to eat
– La ferme des Nielles in Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, restaurant and shop. Oyster farmers for 4 generations along the Bay of Cancale and Mont-Saint-Michel, where the main activity is oyster production.
– Restaurant Le Coquillage – Château Richeux in Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes – 1 Michelin star; one might describe the food here as festive, where the sea meets vegetable gardens to create fragrant dishes enhanced with herbs and spices, all concocted by Olivier Roellinger.
– Le bout du quai, Route de la Corniche, 35260 Cancale – +33 0)2 23 15 13 62
– L’atelier de l’huître, 15 Quai Gambetta, 35260 Cancale – +33 (0)2 23 15 13 76
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