Spring Tides : an exceptional maritime phenomenon

01Jan 31Dec

2020 : Spring tides dates in la Manche

 

The spring tides are an exceptional phenomenon to discover all throughout the year in Manche, during full and new moons. The changing tides transform the landscapes and vistas of Manche’s 360 km of coastline. Don't leave without falling under the spell of Mont-Saint-Michel when it becomes an island again for a few hours. The spring tides put on a performance that will delight all ages. They occur when the tidal coefficient is greater than 90.

 

 

We've selected a few ideas for activities to enjoy during the spring tides!

 

 

 

Below is the calendar of the next Spring Tides in la Manche.

 

Dates Tidal range
12th January
13th January
95
95 
9th February
10th February
11th February
12th February
13th February
98
103 / 106
108 
107 / 105
101 / 95

9th March
10th March
11th March
12th March
13th March

99 / 105
110 / 114
116 / 117
115 / 111
106 / 100

7th April
8th April
9th April
10th April
11th April
101 / 107
112 / 115
117 / 116
114 / 110
104 / 97
6th May
7th May
8th May
9th May
10th May
97 / 102
106 / 108
108 / 107
105 / 101
96
5th June
6th June
95
95
20th August
21th August
22th August
23th August
99 / 101
103 / 104
103 / 100
96
17th September
18th September
19th September
20th September
21th September
98 / 104
109 / 112
113 
111 / 107
101 / 95
15th October
16th October
17th October
18th October
19th October
20th October
96
103 / 108
112 / 115
115 / 114
111 / 107
100
14th November
15th November
16th November
17th November
18th November
100 / 104
107 / 109
109 / 108
105 / 101
96

 

Data extracted from maree.info

 

 

What are spring tides ?

 

Each day, the sea level varies according to the universal phenomenon of the tides. Depending on the position of the moon and the sun in relation to the earth, the strength of the tide varies. During a full moon or a new moon, the sun and the moon are aligned with the earth. The attraction is so strong that it results in the spring tide phenomenon. The name comes from the idea of the tide "springing forth" and has nothing to do with the season. During spring tides in Manche, the tidal range, defined as the height difference between high tide and low tide, can reach 13 metres, making it Europe’s largest tidal range. The largest in the world is in Bay of Fundy, Canada, with a tidal range of up to 16 metres.

 

        

 

What to do during the spring tides ?

 

 - Before admiring the rising waters, stroll through the medieval streets of Mont-Saint-Michel, an exceptional monument in Normandy and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1979.

 - If you're a fan of surfing, catch a ride on the great wave of the tidal bore. This natural and amazing phenomenon coincides with the spring tides.

 - For a more relaxed activity, try shore fishing and pick shellfish including cockles and clams. Before embarking on this adventure, take a look at the shore fishing regulations.

 - At low tide, go for a stroll on the foreshore, the large expanse of sand uncovered during the spring tides. The foreshore is a whole new landscape to admire.

 - To fully take advantage of this unique event, start planning your weekend stay now and book a holiday rental or a hotel in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

 - Find activities to enjoy as a family like crossing the spring tides or a horse and carriage ride through an oyster farm.

 

Where to watch the tidal bore during your weekend in Manche ?

 

 - Grouin du Sud Point in Saint-Léonard (arrive 90 minutes before high tide)

 - Le Rivage in Vains (arrive 45 minutes before high tide)

 - The bridge in Marcey-les-Grèves (30 min before)

 - Le Gué de l'Epine in Val-Saint-Père (45 min before)

 - The bridge in Pontaubault (30 min before)

 - Roche-Torin Point in Courtils (1 hr 15 min before)

 - Mont Saint-Michel (arrive 2 hours before high tide)

 

 

During your stay, do not venture out alone. Let your family or friends know where you are going and carry a tide table with you so as not to be surprised by the rising tide. During your walks as a family and your shore fishing outings, be especially vigilant as the sea can rise back very quickly. When the tidal coefficients are very high, the sea currents get stronger and the sea gets more dangerous. Every year, tragic accidents occur because of inattention, so please be careful! In case of emergency, dial 196 to contact rescue services.