Our private transfer services from CDG Airport to Le Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux, and Caen offer a seamless travel experience, combining comfort with the convenience of door-to-door service. Le Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites exploration of its medieval abbey and breathtaking views. Bayeux, known for the Bayeux Tapestry, also boasts the impressive Bayeux Cathedral. Caen, a city rich in history, offers the Caen Memorial and the majestic Caen Castle as must-visit sites. Each transfer is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind, ensuring a smooth journey to these historically and culturally rich destinations. Our experienced chauffeurs provide professional service, ensuring a pleasant and efficient trip.
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Mont Saint Michel: A Place of Pilgrimage Since 708
Today, Mont Saint Michel welcomes nearly three million visitors each year. This medieval fortress situated in the middle of a bay is renowned as the "Wonder of the West." We delve into the past and present of this World Heritage site, and the third most-visited tourist location in France.
Before the construction of the abbey, the site was merely a rocky island amidst the sea strikes between Normandy and Brittany. Initially named Mount Tombe, it was primarily a place of pagan worship.
Origins and Legends
It wasn't until 709 that an oratory was erected in honor of the Archangel Saint Michael, the patron saint of Catholicism. Legend has it that Aubert, bishop of Avranches, ordered the construction of the building after the Archangel Saint-Michel appeared to him twice. From 710, clerics began referring to the site as "Mont Saint-Michel at the risk of the sea" (Mons Sancti Michaeli in periculo maris), a name it retained throughout the Middle Ages.
A Place of Wonder and War
Mont Saint Michel and its Abbey have also been a theater of war. In the twelfth century, when the King of France, Philippe Auguste, annexed Normandy, Bretons led by Guy de Thouars, his allies, retaliated against John Lackland and set fire to Mont Saint-Michel. Philippe Auguste later financed the construction of two three-storey buildings. The location was then fortified with a powerful wall.
Mont Saint Michel nowadays
Since its listing as a Historic Monument in 1874, Mont Saint-Michel has embarked on a new chapter in its history. Substantial restoration works have been carried out successively, reviving the site's glory. In 1897, the abbey was crowned with a statue of the Archangel Saint Michael vanquishing the dragon. Sculpted by Emmanuel Frémiet, it also serves as a lightning rod, and is key to the abbey's current appearance.
A Hub for Artists and Tourists
In the 19th century, authors and painters flocked to Mont-Saint-Michel, drawn by its charm and picturesque landscape. An impassable causeway, stretching 1,930 meters, was constructed from 1878 to 1880. The advent of the steam tram on this road bolstered tourism and pilgrimage to the site.
Since the 1950s, this Norman town has morphed into a major tourist hotspot in France. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, and now welcomes up to 16,000 visitors daily during summer.
Spiritual Presence and Infrastructure Improvements
The religious aspect of the abbey hasn't been overshadowed, as worship was restored in 1969. Brothers and sisters from the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, based in the Saint Gervais Church in Paris, have been ensuring spiritual services throughout the year since 2001. They succeeded the Benedictine monks who gradually left the Mount since 1979.
A decade-long series of projects completed in 2015 sought to restore the site's maritime character, transforming it back into an island complete with its bay and tides. The causeway was replaced with a light bridge, and a new car park, situated 2.5 kilometers away from the intramural mount, was established.
Tourists can now reach the site by train-bus, shuttle buses, personal cars, or by hiking a few kilometers with the guides from The Paths of Mont-Saint-Michel Association, walking in the footsteps of the pilgrims. For a more private experience, they can book one of our car services directly in Paris.
What to visit in Mont Saint Michel ?
Shopping and Dining at Mont Saint Michel
Like any reputable tourist site, Mont Saint Michel is home to a variety of stalls, inns, and restaurants. The Grande Rue, a long road that winds through the village and is lined with old houses (dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries) and shops, greets visitors before they reach the mount. The shops offer a wide range of travel souvenirs, including everything from key rings and medieval weapons to dolls, rings, daisies, tapestries, confectionery, porcelain, kitchenware, and religious objects. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of various regional specialties from Normandy or Brittany.
The Abbey: Jewel of Mont Saint Michel
The abbey, the main attraction of Mont Saint Michel, is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. It merges the work of 19th-century architects and modern 21st-century road structures. Constructed on a granite rock situated in the middle of a bay with the largest tidal range in Europe, the abbey is truly a jewel of France.
Religious Artifacts and the Changing Landscape of the Bay
For those interested in religious artifacts, the parish church offers rare remains such as the 13th-century baptismal font, 15th-century stained glass, and the altar with its 17th-century altarpiece flanked by two statues of the Virgin from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The bay, a picturesque Normandy landscape, changes its face twice a day with the tides, transforming Mont Saint Michel from an island to a peninsula and vice versa. Visitors must, however, be cautious as the bay is riddled with quicksand.
For your convenience, we can provide you with all types of vehicles for your visit to Normandy.
Stay at the Soul of the Gourmand guest house
L'Ame du Gourmand is a character-filled house located in the city center of Pontorson. The welcoming owners, Laetitia and Freddy, offer a family-friendly atmosphere, fully equipped and relaxing rooms. With unique, personalized decor, the house features four double bedrooms and a suite that can accommodate up to four people. The on-site restaurant serves homemade dishes using local products, and a continental breakfast is included in the room rate. For guests with vehicles, free parking is available nearby.
Why Stay at L'Ame du Gourmand?
This traditional guesthouse is ideally situated just nine kilometers from Mont St Michel. An indoor heated swimming pool is available to guests from April to November, and a terrace and private garden provide spaces for relaxation and socializing. The B&B also offers a solarium, a café, and a shared lounge with a coffee maker. The staff has a wealth of ideas for children's activities and family games, including board games and puzzles. For those wishing to explore the local area, bicycle rental is available on-site. Nearby attractions include the Notre Dame de la Paix church in Pontorson and a variety of outdoor activities such as seaside walks, hiking, horse riding, and wine tasting. For sports enthusiasts, facilities for canoeing and football are located nearby.
Good places to eat at Mont Saint-Michel
For a successful stay in Mont Saint-Michel, finding good places to eat is crucial. Fortunately, there are many great options available in the area. If you're looking for delicious cuisine in a friendly environment, here are three recommendations.
La Cloche is one of the top creperies in Mont Saint-Michel. They offer not only French recipes but also a variety of European specialties. Vegetarians will find plenty of options here. It's the perfect place to start your day or relax in the afternoon between sightseeing trips. The menu is extremely diverse.
For both lunch and dinner, Le Tripot is a great option. This bar and restaurant offers tasty dishes that are quick and convenient. In addition to full plate services, they offer sandwiches, galettes, and even homemade pastries. It's a friendly place that's perfect for families and a great spot to relax during your stay in Mont Saint-Michel.
Le Pré Salé Restaurant
Finally, consider reserving a table at the Le Pré Salé restaurant in Mont Saint-Michel. This upscale yet welcoming brasserie offers French specialties and health-conscious dishes. Open from morning until late at night, the establishment welcomes you with chic and friendly decor for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegetarians will find plenty to enjoy here as well.
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For over 13 centuries, the allure of Mont Saint Michel has captivated the world. Positioned 56.1 km from the Champrépus Zoological Park and 38.7 km from the Airborne Museum, it presents a significant historical attraction. Mont Saint Michel is also conveniently accessible from major transportation hubs, being 358.4 km from Beauvais Airport, 366.4 km from Charles de Gaulle Airport, and 358.3 km from Orly Airport.