Office de Tourisme Mont Saint-Michel Normandie, Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometre (1km) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100ha in size., the island has a population of 44.
The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.
The commune's position — on an island just 600 metres from land — made it accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey, but defensible as an incoming tide stranded, drove off, or drowned would-be assailants. The Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years' War; a small garrison fended off a full attack by the English in 1433. The reverse benefits of its natural defence were not lost on Louis XI, who turned the Mont into a prison. Thereafter the abbey began to be used more regularly as a jail during the Ancien Régime.
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  • Provided information and map on where to go and ensure cover off on all places of interest. Staff speak different languages so helpful for range of people from different countries. In spite being a ve...  more »
  • What about the shuttle service to visit Mont Saint Michel... deplorable that nothing is better organized for one of the most visited sites in France. No organization, a lack of shuttle obvious for a busy day. It would be so easy to do better that you are ashamed to be French. If you need ideas: make organized queues like on the island of Porquerolle, put more shuttles, even if you charge them so that the visit does not turn into a bad experience. In short, an exceptional site marred by poor organization. Visit it on foot, you will have more fun.
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  • What should I say, you must have been there at least once. Historical site. Pretty good established as a Tourist spot. Perfectly organized, not too expensive. Do not miss to check out the church on top! Best hour of the day is as esrly as possible: Great sunrise there.
  • The tourist center of the island of San Michele is great. A lot of diverse and useful information. Smart, friendly, well-trained consultants. We received answers to our questions along with useful recommendations.
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