We are very excited that the World Heritage site, Mt St Michel will play host to both the Mont St Michel Marathon and the Tour de France, Grand Depart in 2016. With so much history in one island, we have given our top things to see and do below. If you have travelled to the Mt St Michel before, we would love to hear your recommendations in the comments sections below
The story of how the mount turned into a place of Christian pilgrimage is a colourful one. Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches in early 8th century, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea.
From 966 onwards, the dukes of Normandy, followed by French kings, supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on the Mont-Saint-Michel. Magnificent monastic buildings were added through medieval times, one vertiginous section being nicknamed The Marvel.
Grab a tour guide and learn more about the fascinating history behind the Mont St Michel. The really is history at every turn…
La Grande Rue
Walking in this medieval town, you are greeted by the entrance of the ancient Burgher’s Guardroom. With quirky 15th and 18th century buildings, this delightful street is filled with museums, shops and restaurants. Loose yourself in your surroundings as you spend and leisurely afternoon exploring.
Abbey, Mont St Michel
The hugely breathtaking Abbey at Mont Saint-Michel offers a remarkable experience, that is a must do for many. The abbey became a renowned centre of learning, attracting some of the greatest minds and manuscript illuminators in Europe. Use the audio tour and discover the history and stories behind this spectacular building. We also recommend heading outdoors and soaking in the views from the terrace garden, which has a full wall of glass and see the impressive steep drop.
The Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel
The Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel is subject to some of the biggest tidal ranges or variations in the world, creating an ever-changing seascape. It makes for a sublime sight, watching the waters and patterns across the vast bay change hour by hour, minute by minute. The glorious Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel has, like the holy mount itself, been classified a World Heritage Site.
Both the Mont st Michel Marathon and the Tour de France Grand Depart will bring this World Heritage Site to life. If you have visited this historical landmark, we would love to hear your recommendations of what to see and do in the comment section below.