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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Pontorson
Insee code50410
AltitudeFrom 5 to 73 meters
Surface43.01 km²
Population4213 inhabitants
Density97 inhabitants/km²


National labelsSaint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne at 3.9 km (7 min)
Chief townSaint-Lô (at 90 km, 58 min)Aucey-la-Plaine at 4.5 km (8 min)
DepartmentMancheLes Pas at 4.8 km (8 min)
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Pontorson is located 9 km from Mont Saint-Michel, 22 km from Avranches and 45 km from Granville.

Located in the middle of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, Pontorson is a city divided by the Couesnon (one of the three rivers of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel)

Pontorson is "framed" by the Couesnon and over 10 km of marsh area to the south and more than 4 800 hectares of reclaimed land.

Pontorson Township and enjoy a mild oceanic climate and are protected by the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

Its surrounding communities are: Huisnes-sur-Mer, Tanis, Macey, Vessey, Aucey-la-Plaine, Sougéal, Saint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne, Beauvoir, Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

The city was founded in the 12th century on a vow of William the Conqueror. Important stronghold at the gates of Brittany, Pontorson fortress was razed in 1623 by order of Louis XIII. Some vestiges remain from this period as the Notre-Dame, the hotel Guiscard Ménardière or former Hotel Dieu St. Anthony of Charity.

In 1973 the town merged with Ardevon, Beauvoir, Boucey, Cormeray, Curey, Moidrey and The Pas, who have kept the status of municipalities involved. Beauvoir has regained its independence in 1989. Located 9 km from Mont-Saint-Michel, Pontorson is inside the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, on the banks of the Couesnon, the heart of future major projects that will restore the island's Mount.


  • The church of Notre-Dame (eleventh and 12th centuries): a vow of William the Conqueror, was built by the companions who built the Mont Saint-Michel. Romanesque and Gothic transition of the 12th and 15th centuries, it is necessary in its environment by its massiveness and its porch flanked by two Romanesque towers with various sculptures.
  • The old Protestant church (XV century) and former tithe barn: rare to witness an important chapter in the history of Normandy, the temple Pontorson is the only building protesting the Channel prior to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
  • The house of Ménardière Guiscard (the Roman House) (eleventh in the 12th century): This house, called Maison Romane was probably built in the 12th century. Modified the fourteenth, 15th and 18th centuries, it retains its appearance of a large house on which it is possible to read the inscription of the family Guiscard in 1719.
  • The home of the Earls of Montgomery (now a hotel) this place was once the home of the Earls of Montgomery, whose most illustrious Gabriel 1st (1530-1574) was mortally wounded Henry 2nd in France in a tournament . The floors, painted ceilings, woodwork and grand staircase are all works from this period.
  • The old stations Pontorson, illustrating the important life process, and the old line from Vitre Moidrey then to Mont Saint-Michel. The line running Pontorson was opened in 1873.
  • The mill Moidrey, dating from 1806 and completely renovated in the 2000s, now produces its flour.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Pontorson
Leisure centresRacecourse of the Anse de Moidrey


  • Automotive Stock Exchange: the first weekend in March.
  • Fireworks: July 13.
  • The Orsinades: summer market in semi night.
  • The Arts Pontorsonades: old book market, craft market and entertainment medieval art.
  • Heritage Days: the third weekend of September. Visit the cellars of old Pontorson.
  • The Saint-Michel d'Automne: the first weekend of October.
  • Christmas Market: 2nd Wednesday before Christmas.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Cross the Bay of Mont Saint MichelNature and the outdoors6.80 €Genêts (14.7 km)
Sand yachting in Mont St Michel BayNature and the outdoorsFrom 20 € to 35 €Hirel (22 km)

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Notre-Dame de PontorsonNotre-Dame de Pontorson


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Thursday 29 January
Min. 6°C - Max. 9°C
Friday 30 January
Min. 4°C - Max. 9°C
Saturday 31 January
Min. 1°C - Max. 6°C


French cuisine restaurantLe Relais du Roy  
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Located on the road to Mont Saint-Michel, Le Relais du Roy is both hotel and restaurant. For years, this property welcomes you in a warm setting for a culinary break in the heart of...
Located 4.4 km from Pontorson37 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Ferme Saint Michel  
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
AUTHENTIC - At the foot of Mont Saint Michel, a must in the region, La Ferme Saint Michel offers a countryside setting and authenticity. Rustic and warm interior, fireplace and undeniable...
Located 6.5 km from Pontorson27 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantRelais Saint-Michel  
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
French cuisine restaurant - ...
Located 7.1 km from Pontorson50 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsVilla Mons    
Located in the centre of Pontorson, Villa Mons is 9 km from Le Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey and the sea. It offers free Wi-Fi access, individually decorated rooms and a flowered garden with...
Located in PontorsonFrom 60 € to 120 € the double room 
Farm with 2 bedroomsLa Bastide du Moulin    
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Bed and Breakfast (b & b) while near the Mont Saint Michel. A 3 km from the new car park, Delphine and Frédéric provide you with 5 double bedrooms with family bathroom and toilet, in...
Located 2.9 km from Pontorson65 € the double room 
Farm with 5 bedroomsLe Relais de Moidrey    
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
B&B (Room of hosts) the Mont Saint Michel. In the middle of Bay with 3 km of the Mount Saint Michel, on the road to Saint Malo, Myriam and André accommodate you in a relay of the xix...
Located 3.8 km from PontorsonFrom 46 € to 52 € the double room 

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Farm for 7 personsGite à 2 pas du Mont Saint Michel  
Between Brittany and Normandy, at the foot of Mont Saint Michel, Delphine and Fred put at your disposal a cottage 2 to 7 people completely renovated (2011). This beautiful character...
Located in PontorsonFrom 380 € to 640 € per week 
House for 5 personsLes Gîtes du Couesnon  
Magnificent view on the Mont Saint Michel for these two cottages sleeping 4 and 5 persons. Peace and quiet guaranteed in this property in Moidrey, 6 km from Mont St Michel and 2 km...
Located in PontorsonFrom 320 € to 580 € per week 
House for 6 personsGîtes de la Martinerie
This completely renovated in an old farm house combines comfort and authenticity. Ideally designed to accommodate up to 6 people with 2 bedrooms and a loft, enjoy the quiet of the surrounding...
Located in PontorsonFrom 265 € to 445 € per week 

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152 places over 8 haCamping haliotis - les Portes du Mont Sai    
It is only 9 km from the famous Mont St Michel you expect the entire team of Camping Haliotis. It will offer you a warm welcome to make you feel right at home.
Located in PontorsonFrom 20.50 € to 27.50 € per day 
106 places over 1,9 haAux Pommiers    
Located 4 km from Mont Saint Michel, Camping to Apples is the first camping area with an indoor heated rock near the Heritage of Unesco pool. Camping is located just 2.5 km from the...
Located 4.7 km from PontorsonFrom 15.90 € to 22 € per day 
66 places over 3,5 haBalcon de la baie / mont St Michel / St M    
Quiet and wooded campsite located 14 km from Mont Saint Michel and 25 km from Cancale and Saint Malo. Clean and beautiful rental mobile home, spots for tents, caravans and campers......
Located 9.7 km from PontorsonFrom 14 € to 17.90 € per day 

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Hôtel Ariane - Hotel in PontorsonHôtel Ariane     
This charming hotel sits at the border of Brittany and Normandy, just a 5-minute drive from the Mont-Saint-Michel. Set in a garden, it has an outdoor terrace and spacious rooms. Each...
Located in PontorsonRoom from 78 €
Au Jardin St Michel - Hotel in PontorsonAu Jardin St Michel    
Au Jardin St Michel is just 300 metres from the Pontorson-Mont-Saint-Michel Train Station and 9 km from famous Mont Saint Michel. It sits on a 1200m² tree-lined garden. All of the rooms...
Located in PontorsonRoom from 42 €
Best Western Hôtel Montgomery - Hotel in PontorsonBest Western Hôtel Montgomery     
Five minutes drive from Mont-Saint-Michel, the hotel is in Pontorson a nice little town, ideally situated between Normandy and Brittany. Located close to the sea , Best Western Hôtel...
Located in PontorsonRoom from 77 €

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La Mère Poulard
Housed in a historical building, this hotel is ideally located in the heart of Mont Saint-Michel. The classic-style rooms overlook the bay, the abbey or...
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