It has a unique landscape coupled with typical architecture and traditions which reflect its rich history. The Mont is reached via a causeway all-year-round, but it is also possible to walk across the bay. However, this must be done with a one of the many qualified guides, as many unwary tourists have been taken by surprise by the biggest tides in Europe.
Although the outline of the Mont-Saint-Michel is very well-known, it never fails to provoke a sense of awe on seeing it for the first time. Today it is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in France but already back in the Middle Ages pilgrims from all over Europe used to come to admire the village and the medieval abbey, a Gothic masterpiece, which sits on the top of the hill. Gourmet specialities include omelettes at the emblematic Auberge de la Mère Poulard, and also local mutton and salt-marsh lamb which feature on restaurant menus throughout the Bay region.
A stay in the area is also an opportunity to discover its intense maritime activity, especially different types of fishing, and the significant number of artists and other creative professions. A little way inland lies wooded countryside criss-crossed by rivers, ideal to explore on foot or by mountain bike in search of waterfalls and strangely-shaped rocks. The Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is an amazing place where sand and water have come together to create a fascinating, unique area offering a wide range of cultural and natural attractions in a stunningly beautiful setting