parking at Mont Saint Michel-France

Old Mar 8th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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parking at Mont Saint Michel-France

We will be visiting Mont St. Michel next month. We are staying at Chateau de Bouceel.What is the parking situation at the Mont? I hear that some of the lots will be closed due to restoration.Is this true? and if so ,what are your suggestions for parking options? I also hear that we need to get there early in the day. What is designated as"early"? Thank you so much for your help.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 04:00 PM
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I'm not sure if my reply will be of much help, but will throw my 2p worth in. Unfortunately I don't know anything about restoration there, but I have been to Mont St Michel on 2 occasions in Sept 2007 and Aug 2008. On both occasions we overnighted nearby and visited in the evenings (to co-incide with tide times) once around 6pm and the other time a bit later around 7.30pm so we did not have to deal with the bus tours that are around during the day. We had no problems getting parking up quite close on either occasion, but that was because of the time of day. There was a lot of parking available then.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 04:05 PM
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I don't see anything on the official website about restoration or lots closing, but it does say if access is limited or impossible, you'll be directed by staff at the entrance on where to park.

http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/accueil.htm

Actually, in all the visits I've made there, someone was there to direct you to a parking spot.
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From the original message I gather we are dealing with a day trip. When we went there, we parked in a parking lot on the sand, with a warning that high tide would cover it at whatever time high tide would be.
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Yep, I remember the advice "Drive away before ..., otherwise you car will float away". The parking was huge, however. Would be fun seeing a few of those cars floating out to sea. . Cheerio, see you in Portsmouth!
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