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Mont Saint-Michel (Saint Michael’s Mount) is situated right on the border between Normandy and Brittany, making it the ideal starting point for exploring the region’s many natural, historical and cultural heritage sites. In the Manche region of Normandy, a few kilometres from Mont Saint-Michel, visit the Scriptorial museum in the city of Avranches, which houses manuscripts from Mont Saint-Michel. Whilst in Manche, explore Villedieu les Poêles, France's copper capital, or head to the walled town of Granville, birth place of Christian Dior, and take a boat to the Chausey islands, Jersey and Guernsey.

Over in Brittany, make the most of your stay on Mont Saint-Michel and take a trip to Saint Malo or Cancale to admire the beautiful landscape of the Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast).

But before you set off to explore the region, first discover Mont Saint-Michel itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The Mount's architecture and the surrounding bay have made it the most popular tourist attraction in Normandy.

The Mount

Make sure you don’t miss out when you visit Mont Saint-Michel. Before you get here, think ahead and book your visit to the village and Abbey, a masterpiece of medieval architecture.

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The Abbey

You can’t come to Mont Saint-Michel without visiting the Abbey. From the 8th to 18th centuries, Mont Saint-Michel Abbey was a centre of pilgrimage and one of the medieval period’s most remarkable examples of religious and military architecture.
The Abbey is an architectural masterpiece and includes the abbatial church, cloister, refectory and monks’ covered walkway. Outside, the Merveille gardens display a natural beauty all of their own.

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The Bay

Mont Saint-Michel and the bay are listed together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mont Saint-Michel bay lies between Granville and Cancale, and boasts the largest tides in Europe. Each year the tides mean you can admire the Mount surrounded by water. The bay has also been named a “site naturel d’exception” (exceptional natural site).

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