Mont-Saint-Michel tourism and travel guide

Photo of Mont-Saint-Michel in Manche

Visit Mont-Saint-Michel: highlights and tourist information

France This Way comment: No visit to Normandy would be complete without visiting the iconic Abbey and island of Mont-Saint-Michel

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Mont-Saint-Michel. For detailed visitor information see the Mont-Saint-Michel travel guide

Mont-Saint-Michel is situated in the Manche, Normandy region, in the north of France at 62 km from Saint-Lo, the department capital. (General information: Mont-Saint-Michel is 284 km from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Dol-de-Bretagne at 20 km and Granville at 23 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Mont-Saint-Michel reviews and comments:

Just had an awful day trying to visit Mont St Michel. They've constructed new car parks you have to use. They say these are close to the free buses that take you down the 1km causeway. But the car parks are between 1km and 700 metres from the buses (the signs say 300m), and the route's lined with retail outlets pushing rubbish at you. In other words, they've set it up as a tourist processing machine designed to extract cash. And of course the car park fees rise sharply after 1 hour - but it takes almost an hour just to walk from the car park to the buses and back, let alone use the buses or visit the Mont. Awful - unless you like being processed like a vegetable and fleeced.

Mont-Saint-Michel, France Rating: 1/5 Reviewed by Robbie the

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France: places to visit and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.

 
 

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Map of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel

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Markets in and near Mont-Saint-Michel

Local markets

  • Pontorson: market Wednesday (9km)
  • Avranches: market Saturday (12km)
  • Carolles: market Thursday (13km)
  • Jullouville: market Friday & Tuesday - seasonal market only (16km)
  • Ducey: market Tuesday (17km)
  • Saint-James: market Monday (19km)
  • La Haye-Pesnel: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Dol-de-Bretagne: market Saturday (20km)
  • Saint-Pair-sur-Mer: market Thursday (20km)
  • Granville: market Wednesday & Saturday all day (23km)

More information about Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy

Tourist attractions to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Mont-Saint-Michel and wondering what to do next!

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de Bonnefontaine (20km) [Map]
  • Jardin du château de La Ballue (22km) [Map]
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (31km) [Map]
  • Jardins du château de la Bourbansais (39km) [Map]
  • Jardins de Montmarin (41km) [Map]
  • Argences (42km) [Map]
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (49km) [Map]
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (49km) [Map]

Sites of natural beauty

  • Couesnon (2km) [Map]
  • Embouchure - Couesnon (2km) [Map]
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Sougeal (14km) [Map]
  • Île des Rimains (24km) [Map]
  • Île des Landes (25km) [Map]
  • Pointe du Grouin (26km) [Map]
  • Île du Guesclin (29km) [Map]
  • Côte de Cancale à Paramé (29km) [Map]
  • Chausey (31km) [Map]
  • Havre de Rothéneuf (33km) [Map]
  • Île Besnard (33km) [Map]
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (34km) [Map]
  • Estuaire de la Rance (35km) [Map]
  • Pointe de la Varde (36km) [Map]
  • Îlots Notre-Dame et Chevret (37km) [Map]
  • Forêt de Fougères (37km) [Map]
  • Rance (fleuve) (39km) [Map]
  • Embouchure - Rance (39km) [Map]
  • Forêt de Saint-Sever (40km) [Map]
  • Cézembre (41km) [Map]
  • Source - Couesnon (49km) [Map]
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (51km) [Map]
  • Roches de Ham (55km) [Map]

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Ducey (17km) [Map]
  • Dol-de-Bretagne (20km)
  • Saint-Brice-en-Cogles (27km) [Map]
  • Villedieu-les-Poeles (31km) [Map]
  • Torigni-sur-Vire (59km) [Map]

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Champrepus (26km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Mont-Saint-Michel

Canton: Pontorson

Arrondissement: Avranches

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50170

Distance to Mont-Saint-Michel

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 62 km

from Paris: 284 km

from Calais: 353 km

from Nice: 870 km

from Bordeaux: 428 km

from Strasbourg: 680 km

Getting here

Mont-Saint-Michel is in the north of France. Most visitors arrive by car, often from the ferries at Saint-Malo, Cherbourg or Caen on the coast here which are very convenient. For driving distances to Mont-Saint-Michel from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed nearby (within 6 kilometres of Mont-Saint-Michel): Beauvoir, Genets, Huisnes-sur-Mer, Roz-sur-Couesnon and Tanis.

This page in French: Visitez Mont-Saint-Michel