Honeymooning in Mont Saint-Michel, France
29 Oct 2017
Step back in time and explore the rich history of Mont Saint-Michel, a truly unique honeymoon destination in Normandy, France
Words: Emma Krieger
France certainly isn’t lacking in fairytale-like chateaus and villages, but the magical island of Mont-Saint-Michel, topped by a medieval abbey that rises out of its fortified ramparts, is truly something to behold.
Straddling both the Normandy and Brittany regions, Mont Saint-Michel – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is the second most visited attraction in France, after the Eiffel Tower. You can easily spend a full day here meandering your way up the steep village streets lined with museums, hotels, restaurants and tourist boutiques, to the Romanesque abbey at the top of the mont.
A place of worship since 708, Benedictine monks commenced building the abbey in the 10th century. The monks left the abbey in 1790 and in 1874 it was declared a monument historique. Today, roaming the abbey’s church, chapel and the cloister allows history-buff honeymooners the chance to take a step back in time.
Stop for lunch at Restaurant de la Mère Poulard, and watch their world-famous omlettes being prepared. Two cooks in traditional costume beat the mixture of eggs and other secret ingredients in a musical rhythm before the omelette is cooked in a hot pan over a wood fire. Truly the best omelette you will ever have in your life. Then wash it down with a specially brewed Mère Poulard apple cider.
Where to stay
While Le Relais Saint Michel provides a comfortable and inviting stay, the hotel’s vantage point facing the bay of Mont Saint-Michel is its real draw card. Take in the spectacular view from your room’s private terrace, from the cozy piano bar La Retonde, or from the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, where you can also enjoy local specialties.
Jump on the complimentary shuttle bus that leaves on the hour, which takes you directly to Mont Saint-Michel.
How to get there
Take the TGV from Paris' Gare Montparnasse to Rennes, and a bus the rest of the way to the mont.
Or, why not enlist the services of a professional driver, who not only knows their way around – from the hectic streets of Paris to the back roads of Brittany – but can offer you an insight into a region’s history, culture and top eateries?
William Benoit from Alma Limousine Services has an impressive encyclopedic-like knowledge of much of France, and his well-maintained fleet of vehicles will have you travelling in comfort. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33 6 62 81 91 88.