This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mont Saint Michel.
Mont Saint Michel, France, is a famous island along the northern coast where Normandy and Brittany meet. The island is most known for its Benedectine abbey, which was built on the island more than a thousand years ago. Mont Saint Michel is a very picturesque place to visit, and the changing tides that swirl around the islands mudflats make for a striking image at any time of day. Once upon a time you needed to wait for a low tide so you could walk across to Mont Saint Michel, but these days there is a permanent bridge that makes getting to the island easy for everyone.
Mont Saint Michel has a few different places to see, including the Abbey, which seems to just rise out of the island. The island is also home to a few different museums focusing on different aspects of the island's history. Around the abbey is a small town with different alleyways, and you can walk along the defensive walls that were once built to fend off England. Mont Saint Michel has many different restaurants and cafes -- some cheaper options are also located on the mainland road that leads to the island. No cars are allowed to drive onto the island, so access to the causeway onto the island is via a free shuttle bus from the car park/visitors centre. Many people visit Mont Saint Michel on tours from Paris, but it's easy enough to visit on your own by catching a long-distance bus from Paris or by catching a train to Rennes and then a local bus to Mont Saint Michel.
There are limited accommodations on the island due to the small amount of buildings, so you will not find a Mont Saint Michel, France hostel here -- many options are on the mainland nearby the island. The nearest hostel is located near Mont Michel, but it has a direct bus to the island. This hostel is in Dol de Bretagne, which is a bigger town so you have good access to more affordable restaurants and shops. It also gives you the option of exploring other nearby towns like St. Malo. The hostel is also right by a train station with direct links to Paris and other cities, so it's easy to get there from other cities.
Written by local enthusiast for Mont Saint Michel hostelsStraighty