Along with Santiago de Compostela, Mont Saint Michel is one of the major pilgrimage shrines in Europe. It is nowadays one of the most visited sites in France, originally also one of the most popular destination for pilgrims coming from across the English Channel, before heading to Santiago de Compostela. The Mont-Saint-Michel way is approximately 500km long. It starts at the stunning Mont-Saint-Michel, in the region of Brittany, and heads South to Saintes, in the region of Poitou-Charentes, crossing the region of Pays-de-la-Loire. In the finishing point, Saintes, this Camino route joins the Camino de Santiago path coming from Tours and Paris, the Paris & Tours Way.
The Mont-Saint-Michel Way is divided in two sections: Mont Saint Michel to Nantes and Nantes to Saintes. The Mont-Saint-Michel Way passes the magnificent cities of Rennes, capital of Brittany, and Nantes, also called ‘the Venice of the West’. It also gives walkers the opportunity to visit magical historical buildings such as the castle of Clisson, the ruined abbey in Maillezais, the 16th century buildings in Surgères and the medieval abbey in Saint-Jean-d’Angély.
This is the complete itinerary for the Mont-Saint-Michel Way (Fr: Chemin de Mont-Saint-Michel), with traditional stages. Please note that ‘splits’ have not been included in the table.
|Antrain||22||This first section of the Mont-Saint-Michel Way starts in Mont-Saint-Michel, a stunning and magical place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world; and ends in Nantes, the ‘Venice of the West’. This route crosses Rennes and goes through the relaxing green landscapes of Brittany and Pays de la Loire. You’ll have the opportunity to see a great number of beautiful churches, abbeys and castles on the way. You will discover many historical places, both religious and political, dating back to the Middle Ages, period of the Duchy of Brittany.|
|Le Pont Réan||20|
|Etang de la Roche||28|
|Clisson||35||The second section of the Mont-Saint-Michel Way starts in Nantes, the ‘Venice of the West’, and ends in Saintes, city with gallo-roman, medieval and classical heritage. This second section takes you across the relaxing green landscapes of Pays de la Loire, passing many interesting historical places.
You will have the opportunity to visit many churches, abbeys and castles during this walking holiday, such as the castle of Clisson, the impressive ruins of the abbey in Maillezais, as well as medieval Surgères and Saint-Jean-D’Angély, two cities full of history.