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Pontorson - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

Pontorson is 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 crossing the Couesnon (one of the three rivers of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel)

Pontorson is crossed by the Couesnon and nearly 10 km of marsh area to the south and 4,800 hectares of polders.

Pontorson and township enjoying a temperate 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, Mont Saint-Michel.

The city was founded in the twelfth century on a vow of William the Conqueror. the important stronghold near 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 of 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 kept associated municipalities status. Beauvoir has regained its independence in 1989. Located 9 km from Mont-Saint-Michel, Pontorson is the heart of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, on the banks of the Couesnon, the heart of future major projects that will restore her to Mt. insularity.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude48.5538720 (N 48° 33’ 14”)
Longitude-1.5098770 (W 1° 30’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 5m to 87m
Surface area61.47 km²
Population4442 inhabitants
Density72 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (56 mi, 58 min)
Insee code50410
IntercommunalityCA Mont-Saint-Michel-Normandie

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne2.4 mi (7 min)
Aucey-la-Plaine2.8 mi (8 min)
Les Pas3 mi (8 min)
Pleine-Fougères3.3 mi (7 min)
Beauvoir3.5 mi (7 min)
Sains3.8 mi (10 min)
Sougéal3.9 mi (10 min)
Vieux-Viel4.1 mi (11 min)
Ardevon4.3 mi (12 min)
Sacey4.8 mi (10 min)
Roz-sur-Couesnon5.3 mi (11 min)
Huisnes-sur-Mer5.5 mi (15 min)
Le Mont-Saint-Michel5.9 mi (14 min)
Tanis6.1 mi (10 min)

Things to see and do

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Events and festivities


The Moidrey Mill
The Moidrey Mill
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Church of Our Lady of Pontorson
Church of Our Lady of Pontorson
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Tourist Office of Pontorson
Tourist Office of Pontorson
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Reception area of ​​the Tourist Office
Reception area of ​​the Tourist Office
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Tourist Office
Tourist Office
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Hippodrome of Moidrey
Hippodrome of Moidrey
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Tourist Office Shop
Tourist Office Shop
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Wednesday 23 january
Min. 2°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 24 january
Min. 1°C - Max. 8°C
Friday 25 january
Min. 8°C - Max. 10°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Mont Saint Michel Abbey : fast-track ticket valid year-long
Culture and education10 € Le Mont-Saint-Michel (5.7 mi)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 20 mins
Sports sensations80 € Le Val-Saint-Père (8.9 mi)
Premium Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 1 hr
Sports sensations190 € Le Val-Saint-Père (8.9 mi)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay on Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 30 mins
Sports sensations120 € Le Val-Saint-Père (8.9 mi)
Cross the Bay of Mont Saint Michel
Nature and the great outdoors680 € Genêts (9.1 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Crossing of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Mont-Saint-Michel (5.7 mi)
Beach Bridge to the beach in Le Havre Lupin
HikeEasy2h00Saint-Malo (24 mi)
Saint-Jacut's grand tour
HikeIntermediate4h50Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer (31 mi)
Around Lande Pourrie
Car itineraryEasy4h00Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul (32 mi)
In Chateaubriand's footsteps in Plancoët (grand tour)
HikeIntermediate2h30Plancoët (33 mi)


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