La Grande Rue
La Grande Rue
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This is the only street leading up to the Abbey which is an absolute must for any visitor. The Abbey is closed at night of course, so you will have to walk this street during the day in order to visit it. That walk is similar to entering the stadium for a Champions League match or rock concert, even during the pandemic.
For a much more delightful and almost mystic visit come again at night, after dark when there're only few people. See the difference in my pics (for the day pic I even waited some time to clear).
Written December 24, 2021
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Main street that crosses the Mont on the way to the Abbey. During the day until 6 pm it is truly unbearable with the thousands of tourists walking up and down.
At nightfall, it completely changes its appearance and becomes a beautiful medieval street. Attention if you want to dine in Mont, most of the restaurants are closed for dinner.
Written October 6, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Grande Rue is basically the only path up to the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel (you can bypass it by walking around on the ramparts but the Rue is the simplest way). It's historic and the street itself feels medieval with some parts that probably haven't changed in centuries. It is also a tourist trap, crowded with a lot of people and touristy shops, as well as some hotels and restaurants. We didn't mind the experience, and enjoyed ducking into a few shops to see what unique (or not so unique) souvenirs they had for sale, as well as grabbing some quick pizza for lunch. Overall it's hard to miss if you want to visit the abbey, and it was an interesting experience.
Written August 6, 2022
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan698 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We figured it was probably a lovely place, quaint and ancient at the same time. Great location, though we couldn't see much of it from the street. A medieval, narrow, winding, stone-built street, crammed with gift hops and other tourist chaff merchants.

We had taken over 2 hours getting there from the moment we first saw the Mont from our car. Parking lot, shuttle bus, walking up there from the bridge - they all took time, but when we stepped through the gateway into this street, we felt we had arrived.

Unfortunately, there was no time at all to stop and enjoy it. People, everywhere. Surging crowds. Wanderers. No time to look around, or take in our surroundings. Too busy avoiding bumping into people and looking for our next footing. Attention focused only on what was immediately in front of us.

Tried to get out of the crowds. Stepped into the Tourist Centre. Climbed steep stairs to the ramparts. Finally found a stone seat that allowed my wife to sit and pause. Everywhere the same: a sense of great things around us, but the immediate problem was always the same. Lots of people, continually wanting to move on.

We left.
Written January 14, 2020
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Brad R
Colorado52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Great historic buildings and architecture. This is one of two ways to get to the Abbey. The little shops along the way have generally the same tourist stuff. Also it was crowded during a pandemic in the low season. I couldn’t imagine the chaos during the summer. Also stayed at one of the hotels on the island. Probably not worth it except then you could so someone exploring without the crowds.
Written January 17, 2022
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Stephen H
Brussels, Belgium466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Great afternoon visiting the Mont, its "ruelles" and the fortifications. Really cool place, but expect to be surrounded by people all the time. Tiny streets, people all around you, and constant sound. Have to go at least one, but will on return if taking other people.
Written August 1, 2020
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CamperTravel
Cuijk, The Netherlands256 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
A great stroll which sums up the atmosphere of Mont Saint Michel. We were lucky to be there early (we took the second shuttle bus of the day!) and the street is practically empty. It was crowded when we left at 13:00!
Written July 22, 2020
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Denise B
Lake Forest, CA935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
After 7 p.m., you can park for free in the large parking lot and take the free shuttle bus to the Mont. From there, take a short walk on the causeway to the town and stroll this main street and climb to the ramparts without the daytime crowds. Simply magical.
Written September 29, 2018
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BigBrightBlueSky
Stranraer, UK169 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
The problem is that you, like me, are part of the problem. We are all "one of the masses" and "them". Mont St Michel can't help being beautiful but the spirituality is rapidly being replaced by pernicious commercial excess, with an incredible array of souvenir shops selling much the same souvenirs. If it's not a souvenir shop, it's a cafe at the very bottom end of the market selling cheap food at high prices in cramped, grim little terraces. It's almost as if every shopkeeper and cafe owner was instructed to ensure that no character was left: get the tackiest, cheapest rickety, plastic chairs and tables, stick up all the corporate logos for fizzy drinks, juices, sweets, hot dogs. It's like a place of beauty has been injected with a dose of nasty. Not content with filling the space they have bought inside their premises, these commercial enterprises spread their wares out into the narrow street.
But do try to look beyond the tat and the neon lights at the beautiful buildings on the Grand Rue. The cobbles are authentic as are the crooked roofs, the higgledy-piggledy walls and tiny alleys and pathways leading off into who knows where.
Managing the masses at Mont St Michel is never going to be easy and the cause is us, all of us. It's no use blaming other tourists for the problem, but one day the authorities will need to properly manage the whole entity to somehow recreate the spirit that drew man t the rock in the first place.
Written August 26, 2014
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Brenda K
Kailua-Kona, HI1,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Atmospheric middle age street and shop fronts. But only restaurants and souvenir shops. Somewhat narrow and steep with cobblestones. More enjoyable when the tourists go home.
Written October 31, 2019
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