Everything you need to know before visiting the iconic tidal island.
For being one of the most-visited tourist destinations in France, Mont Saint-Michel remains a semi-mystery to non-French speakers. I first saw the island and its iconic tidal reflection on Instagram and became obsessed with visiting this supernatural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only problem — I couldn’t quite figure out how to do it perfectly. All my friends who had been there either took organized tours or had less than helpful advice about renting a manual car and just winging it. But if you’re in Paris, or road tripping through France, like I was this past fall, a stop at the vertically-constructed castle surrounded by picturesque French countryside or fantasy film-worthy reflective water, depending on the time of day, is a worthwhile detour.