Rising up from the midst of large mud flats and a few of Europe’s most powerful tidal wavesis that the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel, Set off France’s northwestern coast in Normandy. The tidal island is important for its construction of medieval structures built as if stacked upon each other and topped with the star attraction, the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.
The amazing abbey was built by devoted monks in 708 AD after the Bishop of Avranches was allegedly visited by the Archangel Michael. Since then, Mont Saint Michel has served as a crucial journey purpose, strategic fortress and jail over the centuries.
The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway, which can be reached by buses from Rennes and Pontorson. During low tide, a muddy sandbar appears to provide access by foot, but tourists are strongly advised not walk across it because of the dangers presented by the powerful tides.
A visit to Mont Saint-Michel offers views of medieval walls, fortifications, a tiny village of less than 100 residents and narrow, winding streets lined with lovely chapels, gardens, museums, shops and hotels. At the base of the old abbey could be a wide variety of cafes and restaurants.