Embark on a journey of discovery with our bespoke transfer services to some of France's most iconic destinations: Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux, and Caen. From the enchanting island commune of Mont Saint Michel, with its majestic abbey and medieval architecture, to the historic town of Bayeux, home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England, and Caen, known for its World War II history and the Caen Memorial Museum. Our dedicated service ensures a comfortable and hassle-free transfer from Paris, allowing you to immerse in the rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes of these destinations. Our professional drivers are committed to providing a safe, efficient, and enjoyable travel experience, ensuring you arrive at your destination relaxed and ready to explore.
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Mont Saint Michel is one of the wonders of France. It represents one of the most visited tourist sites in the country. It is also a building with a history that has fueled its legend since the beginning of the 8th century.
A divine request
According to legend, the bishop of Avranches received a request from the archangel Michael for the construction of a church in this place. Thus, the construction began at the beginning of the 8th century and finished in 709. Then in the 10th century, Benedictines took possession of the site.
An evolution in architecture
The modest initial church has evolved over time, especially during the Middle Ages. The abbey section was established over ancient crypts in the 11th century. While the so-called conventual parts, with Romanesque architecture, emerged in the 12th century. In the 13th century, King Philippe Auguste contributed to the construction of the Gothic section. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the Hundred Years War forced the structure to be equipped with a military architecture in order to resist enemy sieges.
Other functions under the revolution
Since the French Revolution sought to completely remove religion, places of worship were converted into administrative buildings. Thus, Mont Saint Michel served as a prison just after the Revolution. It was only in the 19th century that it regained its place as a historical and religious heritage.
The return to grace in the 60s
In 1966, Mont Saint Michel regained its religious significance. Indeed, a religious community was reintegrated. The place then returned to its original function: a place of prayer. In 1979, the abbey was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The monument becomes a tourist attraction
Although the abbey is intended for prayer, and the brothers and sisters of the monastic fraternities ensure this religious presence, this heritage has become a tourist landmark in France. Nearly 2.5 million tourists visit every year. Hence the development of a nearby tourist village. Requesting a car service is highly recommended for those who want to tour the town.
Mont Saint Michel nowadays
The town is situated near the abbey that made the region famous, located on a small rocky island near the town itself.
A diminishing population
The town attached to Mont Saint Michel has never been large, and the same goes for its population. The latest INSEE censuses clearly show that the Montois are gradually leaving their commune. Indeed, in 2014, only 36 people lived in the town, while in the nineteenth century, there were more than a thousand. These inhabitants primarily live within the town walls. However, it should be noted that Mont Saint Michel hosts more than 20,000 tourists a day during the summer.
An economy based on tourism
The real economic lifeblood of the town is tourism. Of course, this sector is profitable. Indeed, with 20,000 daily visitors, businesses have multiplied in the town, but they are transitory like the tourists. Since 2009, the authorities have classified Mont Saint Michel as a tourist town.
The Gastronomy of Mont Saint Michel
This region of France is best known for the pre-salted lamb that it produces. Pre-salted lamb has even become the town's favorite product. It is particularly appreciated when it is cooked over a wood fire, in the traditional way. But let's not forget the famous omelets of the Mère Poulard. Made with eggs and cream, then cooked over a wood fire, this dish has become a staple in the town's restaurants.
Cultural and sporting activities
Being a tourist site, various activities are proposed around this abbey. At the cultural level, concerts take place in the monument during the summer period. Performances have included world-renowned artists such as the Accentus Choir, the Republican Guard Orchestra, and Thierry Escaich. Various exhibitions are also offered by the site's administrators throughout the year. In terms of sports, the town regularly hosts the Tour de France cycling race. In 2016, the start took place at the Mont. Additionally, the Mont Saint Michel Bay marathon welcomes athletes from all over the world every year for a race between Cancale and the town. Booking a car service in Paris is advisable to avoid any hassle and to make the most of your visit.
What to visit at Mont Saint Michel ?
Mont Saint Michel is the second most visited site in France after the landmarks and heritage of Ile de France. The town welcomes over 3 million visitors each year, with peaks of 20,000 tourists a day during the summer season. But what should
one visit at Mont Saint Michel?
The Entrance of the Mount and the Courtyard of the Avancée
The first places to visit are the entrance to the Mount and the Courtyard of the Avancée. These two points are inevitable stops for both current and former visitors. Visitors could even drink from the St. James's shell-shaped fountain located in the Avancée. This place served as a military bulwark. Remnants of this function can be found everywhere, such as the two cannons, which, according to the local legend, are relics from the Hundred Years' War.
The Boulevard Courtyard
After the Avancée, the visitor can proceed to the second courtyard, the Boulevard. It is guarded by the Lion's Door and a drawbridge. This courtyard contains the town's civil facilities, including commercial buildings and restaurants. Hence, it is the most active and noisy part of the town, especially during the peak tourist season.
The Apartments of the Authorities
The former authorities, and especially the official in charge of the royal power, resided in the Boulevard courtyard, just above the main door. They were housed in two-story apartments. Today, it is the civil authorities (the town hall) that are accommodated there.
The Main Street to the Abbey
It is the only path to the abbey. During the ascent to the latter, visitors can enjoy the view of the surrounding area, including the traditional houses of Mont Saint Michel, which are classified as historical monuments.
The Abbey Itself
The abbey is a national monument under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Alongside Notre Dame Cathedral, it is the most visited site in France. The monks of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem provide the spiritual presence at the site. However, they are not involved in the management of the abbey. This responsibility falls to the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. In other words, there are plenty of places to visit. We recommend contacting us to reserve one of our services.
Stay at the Mercure Mont Saint-Michel hotel
Set in green spaces just 2 km from the Mont Saint Michel abbey, and 7 km from the train station, the Mercure Mont Saint-Michel hotel is located at the crossroads of Normandy and Brittany, and near the Le Couesnon river. The property is 6.5 km from Pontorson and 52 km from Saint-Malo.
Perfect hotel for a stay in Normandy
In a charming and peaceful location, the hotel offers spacious rooms with all modern comforts. The rooms at the Mercure Mont Saint Michel are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite cable. These are comfortable rooms, suitable for work, or ideal for holidays, a weekend of relaxation and discovery. If you are looking to relax after a day of meetings or sightseeing, come and taste the regional specialties on the restaurant terrace. Named “Le PréSalé”, it offers local and regional specialties from the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. The bar "Le Normandy" serves drinks in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The essentials nearby
The Mercure is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, including attractions such as the abbey, its small alleys and ramparts. You could thus watch the beautiful lights across the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Cultural, sporting and fun activities are also available near the hotel. The beaches of Cancale and Jullouville are 40 km away. You will find peace after discovering the Marvel. In the evening, you could walk to the entrance to the dike to watch the sunset and enjoy the spectacle of the tides.
3 good places to eat at Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is located in the beautiful region of Normandy. It is a mythical place to get away from it all and to relax. It has become in recent years a tourist destination in France. Moreover, several accommodations and restaurants can accommodate tourists on site.
The Siren Lochet
Are you vegetarian or a lover of French cuisine? Book your table at La Sirène Lochet. It is an ideal place for lunch or dinner. It offers dishes that are as tasty as they are authentic and aesthetic. The owners receive you in a rustic decoration typical of this region of France.
The Restaurant Du Guesclin also has a good rating on travel organization sites. It is an establishment that offers a menu with French and European specialties. Want a healthy and tasty dish? This is the right address for lunch or dinner and vegetarians are entitled to a special menu. The chefs and waiters serve you in a setting that is as friendly as it is chic. Enough to ensure your change of scenery.
To the Pilgrim
During your visit to Saint Michel, Au Pèlerin is also a must. Open for lunch, this chic and authentic establishment offers table service with local and international specialties. Au Pèlerin welcomes you in downtown Mont Saint-Michel in a friendly atmosphere. You can come here for lunch with your family without reserving your table.
Transport from Paris airport to Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is a commune in the Manche department. It is located 63 km from the Chausey Islands and 53 km from the Christian Dior Museum, reachable via private chauffeured car. Bear in mind that Mont Saint Michel is 382 km from CDG Airport and 375 km from Orly Airport.