Barrage du Mont St-Michel

Mont St-Michel

Stop by the dam’s observation platform before you cross the bridge to the islet, from where you can see the workings of the dam over the River Couësnon and look out onto Mont St-Michel beyond; the dam is across the street from the place du Barrage shuttle-bus stop.

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1. Abbaye du Mont St-Michel

1.28 MILES

Mont St-Michel's one main street, the Grande Rue, leads up the slope – past souvenir shops, eateries and a forest of elbows – to the star attraction of a…

2. Église Abbatiale

1.28 MILES

Built on the rocky tip of the mountain cone, the transept rests on solid rock, while the nave, choir and transept arms are supported by the rooms below…

3. La Merveille


The buildings on the northern side of the Mont are known as ‘The Marvel’. The famous cloître (cloister) is surrounded by a double row of delicately carved…

4. Moulin de Moidrey

2.24 MILES

Situated up on a hill, this old working windmill dates to the early 19th century and is quite a picture on the way to Mont St-Michel. You can buy flour,…

5. Brittany American Cemetery & Memorial

11.72 MILES

Almost 5000 Americans who died during the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944 are buried or memorialised at the Brittany American Cemetery & Memorial,…

6. Île des Landes

16.23 MILES

The wave-pounded lozenge of Île des Landes – 1.1km long, slender and uninhabited – is home to hundreds of gulls and other seabirds. It's directly east as…

7. Ferme Marine

16.38 MILES

If you ever wanted to crack open the science and art of ostréiculture (oyster farming), this well-organised and informative museum, a couple of kilometres…

8. Pointe du Grouin

16.53 MILES

A short drive from Cancale brings you to this sublime and stormy headland. Rock cleaves the water and fantastic views range over islands and rocks to the…