We abandoned our rural bliss and drove over 50 miles to visit here – a day we were looking forward to after many years of knowing our own St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall so well. Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island 247 acres in size, and is a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.
The experience was not what we envisaged at all, the massive Heathrow size car-park was an indication that all was not to be as expected. The Mont is going through a huge change, a pedestrian walkway/bridge is in the middle of construction due to be finished by 2014. Hence the present day 2km approach by foot today was shared with dusty road construction traffic. You can take the relay of buses that can transport you there which the majority of visitors take.
Once there the Mont proved to be a hugely commercial affair, the medieval streets lined with gift shops, cafes, knick knack stalls and literally thousands of students and Japaenese. Apparently the Mont is the second most visited place in France. We did think by visiting off season mid week all would be quieter but it wasn’t to be. Quite an memorable experience in all!