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Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are listed as UNESCO World Heritage

Between Granville and Cancale, Mont Saint-Michel Bay is the land of the largest tides in Europe . They allow each year to admire the Mount surrounded by water .

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The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is a must-see tourist site in the English Channel.
Cross the Mont Saint-Michel bay and visit the Abbey , a masterpiece of medieval architecture . Visit Granville , a small corsair city converted into a renowned seaside resort. Discover the artisan tradition around copper at Villedieu-les-Poêles . Let yourself be carried away by the magic legends in the Mortainais … From Granville to Mont Saint-Michel < / a> the possibilities are many to enjoy your stay in Normandy: climbing, hiking, visit, rest, stroll, contemplate …

Every year, more than 3 million visitors come to discover Mont Saint-Michel . It is the 3rd tourist site the most visited of France!

Whether you discover the Mont Saint-Michel step by step when crossing the bay, from the road, or well from the cliffs of Champeaux … you will be dazzled by his majesty! You will understand why the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is nicknamed the Wonder of the West. The Mont-Saint-Michel Bay , listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to the biggest tides in Europe …

The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel

The Wonder of the West opens its doors for you during a classical or thematic visit of its different rooms and its intimate cloister. This masterpiece of medieval architecture is a recognized emblem of the know-how of the 13th century builders who have built two bodies of buildings on three floors on this granite rock.

The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

The bay of Mont Saint-Michel occupies, between Cancale and Granville, a depression of about 500 km². Theater of the largest tides in Europe, with an exceptional tidal range (amplitude) of nearly 15 meters in period of high water, this bay brings together a wide diversity of natural environments thus constituting the largest French expanse of salt meadows and polders .

 

The fauna and flora

The diversity of environments allows the hatching and the installation of many plant and animal varieties. One-third of the Armorican flora has settled among mudflats, freshwater and saltwater marshes, groves, dunes, rocky coasts, deep waters, polders and rivers.

It contains:

 130 species of birds
the Bay is a breeding ground for gulls and sparrows, a moulting area for black scoters, a migratory stopover for some migrants, but also a climatic refuge for whistling ducks or harvest geese in extreme cold.

 Les Hermelles
These small marine worms have built large-scale reef sites: The Banc des Hermelles is Europe’s largest animal “bio-construction”, covering more than 100 hectares.

 A hundred species of fish
soles, rays, gray sea bream, bars, …. There are also many migratory species such as salmon or eel.

This abundance of fish benefits predators such as the dolphin or seal that thrive in the Bay.

Crossing the Bay

Pilgrims or walkers, the bay of Mont Saint-Michel invites you to a hike, feet in the sand. Accompanied by approved guides, you will tread the herbus, along Tombelaine and its many birds, cross rivers, you will sink in the quicksand … until reaching Mont Saint-Michel.

In 2015, Mont Saint-Michel becomes an island again!

After 20 years of studies and works, this exceptional monument finds its island character. With the destruction of the old dyke-road, the landscape of the bay is metamorphosed a little more with each big tide and nature takes back its rights.

The dam, commissioned in 2009, allows, by regulating the waters of the Couesnon and the sea, to drive the sediments out to sea. Hydraulic facilities have also been installed on both sides of the dam to speed up the process. The “bridge bridge”, inaugurated in 2015, and the ford, complete this set to restore the maritime character of Mont Saint-Michel.

At the heart of the car park, a Tourist Information Center (CIT) offers exhibitions and events around this important work.

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How to reach Mont Saint-Michel?

& gt; On foot, several paths have been laid out so that pedestrians can discover, with complete peace of mind, the evolutions of the landscape of the Bay and its Marvel.

Aboard the “smuggler” (motorized shuttle), in 12 minutes. A model of innovation, accessible to all! On board the “maringote” (horse-drawn shuttle), in 25 minutes. Pulled by two draft horses, this shuttle travels on the new access to Mount.

The village of Mont Saint-Michel
To discover the village of Mont Saint-Michel, “lose yourself” in its medieval streets.

About forty people live in the village, including about ten brothers and sisters of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem. Everyone lives there for what he believes in, much also depending on the ebb and flow of pilgrims and tourists. Nearly three million visitors are welcomed each year at Mont Saint-Michel. They go to the abbey, but also in the shops of the Grande rue, on the medieval wall, and for the most curious, by the side roads …

The Avranches Scriptorial

Since 1791, Avranches has been the depository for the collection of books of religious communities in the Avranchin, including nearly 4,000 volumes from the Mont Saint-Michel abbey, including many incunabula ! Today, these manuscripts are sheltered and valorized within the enclosure of the Scriptorial of Avranches. We discover their history by following a real initiatory journey.

The Ecomuseum of Mont Saint-Michel Bay

On the Pointe du Grouin du Sud, in Mont Saint-Michel bay, an eco-museum, located in Vains, presents everything that makes life in Mont Saint bay -Michel: geology, fauna, flora, but also human activities.