Spring Tides : an exceptional maritime phenomenon

2018 : Spring tides dates in la Manche

 

Come to Normandy during a period of full moon and observe the Spring tides, a phenomenon unique in Europe.

These are visible when the tidal range is above 90; it will be the case for a few days each month between February and December.

 

Come and enjoy the magic of the spring tides
and (re)discover Mont Saint-Michel surrounded by water,
go fishing or admire the tidal bore.

 

There’s so much to do and the show is spectacular. You might even get the chance to see the access road to Mont Saint-Michel underwater!

 

 

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

 

Month Dates Tidal range
January Tuesday 2nd January
Wednesday 3rd January
Thursday 4 January
Friday 5 January
Wednesday 31 January
101 / 104
106 / 107
106 / 104
101
99 / 103
February Thursday 1st February
Friday 2nd February
Saturday 3rd February
107 / 109
109 / 108
106 / 103
March

Thursday 1st March
Friday 2nd March
Saturday 3rd March
Sunday 4 March
Monday 5 March
Saturday 31 March

102
106 / 109
110 / 109
108 / 104
100
102 / 104

April Sunday 1st April
Monday 2nd April
Monday 16 April
Tuesday 17 April
Wednesday 18 April
105
103 / 100
100
101 / 102
101 / 99
May Wednesday 16 May
Thursday 17 May
101 / 102
102 / 100
June Thursday 14 June
Friday 15 June
Saturday 16 June
99 / 101
102 / 101
100
Month Dates Tidal range
July Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July
Sunday 15 July
Monday 16 July
101
103 / 104
105 / 103
101
August

Saturday 11 August
Sunday 12 August
Monday 13 August
Tuesday 14 August
Wednesday 15 August

103
106 / 109
109
107 / 103
98

September Sunday 9 September
Monday 10 September
Tuesday 11 September
Wednesday 12 September
99 / 105
108 / 111
111 /110
108 / 104
October Monday 8 October
Tuesday 9 October
Wednesday 10 October
Thursday 11 October
103
106 / 107
108 / 106
104 / 100
November Wednesday 7 November
Thursday 8 November
Saturday 24 November
Sunday 25 November
97 / 99
99 / 97
97 / 98
97 / 95
December Sunday 23 December
Monday 24 December
Tuesday 25 December
97 / 99
100
99 / 97

 

 

 

 
Data extracted from maree.info

 

 

 

Must do and see during Spring Tides :

 

> Surf the tidal bore in a canoe. Less experienced visitors may prefer to watch it from the mainland!

> For a few hours or a whole night, let yourself be trapped in the village of Mont Saint-Michel.

> Put your wellies on and go out with a rake to collect dog cockles, razor-shells and clams. Please be reminded that rockpooling is regulated in our order to preserve natural resources.

> Enjoy long walks on the foreshore, a portion of sand which is revealed only during Spring Tides.

 

Your stay during spring tides

 

>> Book an holiday rental in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel

>> Book an hotel in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel

 

 

 

week end normandie

The tidal phenomenon

Each day, the sea level varies with the phenomenon of tidal force.
But depending on the position of the sun and the moon in relation to the Earth, the tidal range can be more or less extreme. When a full moon lines up with the sun and the Earth, the attraction is so strong that it results in the spring tide, when the tide’s range is at its maximum.

Combined with its favourable geographical location, the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is the perfect place to discover the spring tides!

 

 

 

week-end normandieThe tidal bore

Spring Tides are also the occasion to observe a spectacular natural phenomenon: the Tidal Bore. This wave of about 50 cm high rushes into the Bay of Mont Saint Michel offering spectators and kayakers a unique moment.
 
Best spots to observe the bore :
> La pointe du Grouin du Sud (near Vains),
> Pontaubault,
> Mont Saint-Michel.