The Mount welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors each year. Up to 18,000 visitors can meet every day in a very small space. Better to avoid rush hour!
The months of July, and especially August are the busiest. Then come the other French school holidays and the many typically French extended weekends (Easter, Ascension, Pentecost).
See seasonality graph
Due to its geographical location on the edge of the Channel Sea and its relief, the Mount is exposed to all winds, so it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing to protect you from the wind or fairly frequent showers, especially from September to mid-April.
During the months of July and August, episodes of high heat can occur: remember to protect yourself from the sun.
Our advice: the most pleasant periods to visit the Mount are from mid-April to the end of June, as well as the month of September.
To reach the foot of the Mount, a few hundred meters of walking back and forth await you then 80 meters of elevation, dotted with 350 steps of stairs are to be expected to the abbey. The visit over, you will have to go down, always on foot (No need to look for the elevators)! This makes it difficult for people with health concerns to access. A fortiori, for people in wheelchairs, access to the abbey will be very difficult (consult the Handibaie association).
Our advice: Arrive rested, equipped with comfortable walking shoes and plan a snack.
The little "extras":
- If you are lucky enough to spend a night at the Mont, we advise you to discover the site at sunrise and or in the evening for a quieter and romantic atmosphere!
- During the months of July and August, a night scenography show will make you rediscover the abbey from a fantastic angle.
- Witnessing the high tides at the Mount is a magnificent natural spectacle that is worth the trip. During tides with a coefficient greater than 110, the Mount becomes an island again, which requires arriving on the site at least 2 hours before high tide time.
here the tide calendarCf seasonality graph