Mont Saint Michel France

Mont Saint Michel France

Every once in a while, I come across a place that has a real fairy-tale feel and appearance. Mont Saint Michel France is one of those places. The small ‘tidal-island’ community took over a millennium to develop into its modern-day form. Though it is a monastery with an amazing abbey, it has also served as a fortress. For over twelve centuries, pilgrims have traveled here for religious observances and were provided a traditional and very fluffy omelet to fortify them on their journeys. These omelets are still made today. The streets are very narrow and stuffed with all kinds of eateries, shops and stalls that serve the three-million visitors that come to the island annually.

This two-plus minute video provides a lovely, drone-based, aerial view of Mont Saint Michel France. Gorgeous. Here’s a 9-minute video that really shows the ins-and-outs of the abbey and the island including all the touristy shopping available. Here’s a brief, time-lapse video of the tide coming in. 

FunFacts about Mont Saint Michel France: (Source)  

  • Mont Saint Michel France is a tidal island.
  • Basic Info, quote: Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometer (0.6 miles) off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in area. (Source)
  • Mont Saint Michel France is an ancient monastery from the 8th Century with a castellated, fortress-like appearance.
  • Approximately 50 people live on this small community.
  • The way the town is laid out indicates its feudal origins: The monastery or God at the top, the great halls next, the stores and housing for shopkeepers, and finally at the bottom and well outside the safety of the walls were houses for fishermen and farmers.
  • Mont Saint Michel France is visited by 3 million people each year.
  • Mont Saint Michel France is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The tides can vary which makes crossing on the sand, rather than using the causeway, a potential disaster. The height of the tide can rise as much as 46 feet or 14 meters.
  • This website publishes the tides for Mont Saint Michel France in case you want to plan your visit around a low-tide or a high-tide.
  • Super-tides can occur that have been known to submerge even the causeway for 18 days straight.
  • For a brief history of Mont Saint Michel France, go here.

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34 thoughts on “Mont Saint Michel France

  1. The last picture of Mont Saint Michel where it’s lit up is really lovely. I’m actually most interested in the fluffy omelettes they’ve had for twelve centuries!

    • Christine,
      I had a similar reaction. Did you watch the videos? One of them showcased someone making these incredible omelets!

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  2. A friend gifted me a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful hand-crafted glass bowl from Mont Saint Michel. I remember researching the locale then. Love the tidal (dare I say natural moat) aspect.

  3. What an interesting place, surrounded by water at high tide. Loved the first two pictures showing it with the tide out and then when the tide is high.

  4. Very beautiful pictures. France must have a lot of this type of buildings on islands. This reminds me, although much more beautiful, of Chateau d’lf in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. Ever since I read “The Count of Monte Cristo” as a child, I have been intrigued. I would love to go to Alcatraz as well. Alexander Dumas and Rafael Sabatini, my most favorite authors as a child. I too watched Errol Flynn in Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, written by Rafael Sabatini. If I could have been a man I would have loved to have been alive in the time of the Swashbuckler. I know, it wasn’t Hollywood, but in my mind it was.

    Thank you for letting me go down memory lane.

  5. My brother-in-law went there and he said it was so impressive, one of the best sites he’s seen during his travels in Europe.

    I can’t imagine the work involved building something like that. Europe is so lucky to have such a rich architectural history.

    I wish America had buildings like that, but we are still a very young country.
    At least we have a few buildings that remind me of other buildings in Europe.

  6. These pictures are beautiful. Can you imagine living in a place that old. To me it’s amazing that they were able to build structures that could withstand the tests of time like they have. We certainly don’t have that ability today.

    • Lynn,
      I was amazed as well. I mean, I look at the stone walls that are perfectly straight and haven’t fallen down. How is that even possible!

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  7. I have never been there but would love to visit. I liked the last picture best. I am now living in Florida but I am not from Florida.

  8. Gorgeous pictures and my favorites are #2, #3 and the last one where it’s all lit up! Imagine a place like that and how old it is and still looks fantastic. I wouldn’t mind visiting it. I love seeing old buildings, castles and chateaus and this is right up my alley!! Saw the short video. Going back to watch the long one. Thanks for sharing!! AZ

  9. Wow what an awesome place. I never would have thought anywhere at all of building on land like this !!!! Whomever did had a wonderful mind. To see how much it has grown throughout centuries is amazing. I must say I think I would be a bit uneasy living there though. Especially during a super tide or storms. Thank you for the post. I had never heard of it before. But it is totally was inspiring .

    • Oh I was so blown away I forgot to say I liked all the photos and the videos.

  10. What a magical place! I can just imagine being able to stay there for a few weeks and explore all the nooks and crannies.

  11. Love the picture where it’s surrounded by water. It truly looks like its right out of a fairy tale!

  12. Just an incredible place. I’ve seen pictures of it before, but only at high tide and didn’t realize it wasn’t surrounded by water all the time. I really liked the drone video.

  13. I always love the photos you post. All this time I’ve been doing the rafflecopters and not commenting lol. I’m a blonde, sorry . I really want a bracelet lol. Thanks for all you do

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  15. When we lived in France, we visited Le Mont St. Michel many times. Such a gorgeous place. It’s full of alleyways, many, many stairs, and the most glorious views. It’s a real treasure and I hope that France will do all it can to keep it safe.

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