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Mont Micheal

1/7 Mont St. Michel

One of France's top tourist attractions, the Mont St Michel welcomes around three million visitors every year. Known in France as La Merveille 'the marvel', the UNESCO-listed Mont St Michel is a majestic tidal island topped by a magnificent Gothic abbey that was built between the 11th and 16th centuries. The island is located in the bay of Mont St Michel - a bay that has some of the biggest tides in the world and is also a member of the 'most beautiful bays in the world' club.

Go horse riding or walking across the wide sand flats when the tide is out and the more adventurous can try sand yachting! Always go with a guided tour as the tides can be very dangerous and rise very quickly. The Mont has recently become an island again and you can walk along the footpath of the new 2,500ft bridge or take one of the regular shuttle buses across. The causeway has been removed to protect the environment of the bay.

On the island, kids will love exploring the weaving, cobbled main street that is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and crêperies and climbing all the way to the abbey at the very top. Some monks do still live in the abbey but it is open to the public.

Best for? Romantic adventurers and beach sports fans

Best route? Brittany Ferries' route from Portsmouth to St Malo

Distance from port: From St Malo port, Mont St Michel just under an hour's drive

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