In choosing Mont-Saint-Michel for its 2016 Grand Départ, the Tour de France is showcasing one of the most beautiful French tourist destinations known the world over. Listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay will offer the racers and spectators an awe-inspiring sea/landscape!
Mont Saint-Michel’s enchantment will no doubt be experienced again in the islet’s fascinating stopovers: the medieval streets, the abbey – a ‘jewel of the flamboyant style gothic art’, the Mont museums and its restaurants.
Discover Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay as you hike across escorted by a certified guide. You will be safe and discover all about tidal systems, de-silting the islet, quick sands, and all the animals and plants that live in this vast eco-system. Find out about the Mont-Saint-Michel tides that are the strongest in Europe with a range reaching 15 metres between low tide and high tide during spring tides.
The abbey is a combination of Romanesque and gothic architecture. Although it was used as a prison under the French Revolution and the Empire, the abbey was and remains a place of pilgrimage. The wealth of its history will unfold before your eyes as you discover it. Summer night tours of this architectural one-of-a-kind are amazing.
A few kilometres from Mont-Saint-Michel, come and push open the doors to the Scriptorium and discover the secrets of the Abbey’s manuscripts. You will also learn about the history of calligraphy, illumination and graphic arts. And you will approach incunables – printed editions ranging from the time the printing press was invented around 1450 A.D., and 1501 A.D.