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ALL CHANGE AT MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

January 2nd, 2015 by Roger in Mont St-Michel

 

 

A project has been under way since 2005 to restore the maritime character of Mont St Michel. A completely new discovery route will link the different landscapes that are crossed one after the other. The route begins from a new car park 2.5 kms from the Mont on the continent. With 45,000 trees and shrubs planted, it provides over 4,000 parking spaces that melt into the surrounding landscape.

 

The original plan was for visitors to leave their vehicles before being guided to the tourist information centre then to the pedestrian pathways dotted with information panels on the architectural and historic richness of the site. Each pathway would join the new dam and shuttle departure site located some 750 metres from the car park. Visitors could then choose to travel on foot, by shuttle or horseback along the causeway to access the Mont. The new car park opened on the 28th April 2012.

 

Well the plan just didn’t work. Visitors were often soaking wet or blown to pieces before they even reached the shuttle departure area. There were so many complaints that the designers were obliged to take the shuttle departure area back nearer to the car parks! This means you don’t have to walk passed the cafes and restaurants any more to catch your bus- so the visitors are now happy and the restaurant owners are just a little upset! As a concession, the owners of the site now allow visitors to drive into the restaurant areas for free after 7 o’clock each night.

 

Individual vehicles were originally charged 8.5 euros to park, which included ‘free’ travel on the shuttle bus. It was also possible to pay extra and travel by the Maringote, a double decker vehicle pulled by horses; a specific shuttle, La Montoise, was available for disabled people and to carry those that live and work on the Mont. The final 350 metres of the journey for everyone is across a specially constructed pedestrian bridge to preserve a clear view of the Mont from the bay.

 

With the necessary changes to the shuttle departure area completed, the owners decided to make the public pay for their troubles! They upped the car park charge to 12.5 euros per vehicle. To complete the early disasters, the double-decker vehicles to be pulled by horses proved unstable in the high winds and were withdrawn on the very first day of their use! A smaller horse drawn vehicle now operates if you really feel it’s worth the bother!

 

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