Sights

The Mont’s one main street, the Grande Rue, leads up the slope – past souvenir shops, eateries and a forest of elbows – to the abbey. The staircases and tiny passageways that meander up the hill from the Grande Rue – one, opposite Restaurant La Croix Blanche, is just 50cm wide – will take you to the diminutive parish church, a tiny cemetery and other Mont-sized surprises. Finding your way around is easier if you pick up a detailed map of the Mont at the tourist office or the abbey’s ticket counter.

Be prepared for lots of steps, some of them spiral – alas, it’s one of the least wheelchair-accessible sites in France.