Tides of the century at Mont-Saint-Michel

March 19th, 2015

‘High tides of the century’ (even though this actually happens every 18 years!) are expected in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel this weekend (March 20th-March 23rd).  If you’re in France now there’s still time for you to witness this event – the tides will be much higher than usual and will rise faster than normal (rated at 119/120 for those of you who understand these things!).  You won’t be able to hike the mud flats during this event (which should never be done without a guide as there are pockets of quicksand).  And at this late date you certainly won’t be able to get a room on the Mont (maybe nearby).  For those traveling in April, 2nd chances date are April 19th and 20th (coefficient 113/210).  But even if you miss out on this, Mont Saint-Michel is a magical place to visit any time of year.  Possible as a very long day trip from Paris but much better as an overnight!

This photo (France 24 screen grab) gives you some idea of what it may be like…

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And this last photo if from before the causeway was removed to return normal water flow to the bay, a decade-long project that’s finally (almost?) finished.

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