Mont-Saint-Michel at high tide is an incredible sight. The island becomes cuts off from the mainland giving you plenty of time to explore while waiting for the tide to recede.
The video below was filmed from a drone and shows the island’s setting. It really does seem to rise majestically from the bay. It’s also very impressive when you catch your first glimpse of it in the distance. It can be seen from the D175/176 that runs from Avranches in Normandy to Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany. There is also a good view from the Jardin des Plantes in Avranches, Pointe du Grouin du Sud (a viewing point around 5km across the bay) and from the German cemetery at Huisnes-sur-Mer.
For an in-depth look at Mont-Saint-Michel this guide has photos, videos, drone footage and information about the whole island.
There’s free entry to Mont-Saint-Michel and the abbey on the first Sunday of the month (November to March).
Today is the day! I went on the first Sunday in November for what turned out to be a beautifully sunny day. And it’s the same today. It’s a little chilly but there are glorious blue skies out there and the sun is shining.
The full price is 10€ for an adult so you can make a good saving. The abbey is open today until 6pm this evening. There is a charge for car parking and you can catch the free shuttle bus to the island. You can read all about the island, the village, the abbey and the surrounding area here. This is a comprehensive guide to Mont-Saint-Michel and includes photos, videos, hints and tips that will help you to make the most of your time there. The free entry to the abbey is a great opportunity to discover this amazing place.
The high tides at Mont-Saint-Michel will return next week. They happen on around 20 days each year with two high tides each days. The high tides mean that Mont-Saint-Michel is cut off from the mainland and it becomes an island.
It’s quite an impressive sight to see particularly if you’re on the island when it gets cut off. Bear in mind you may have to wait an hour or so for the tide to subside. The main entrance takes a while to clear but there is another route off the island.
From Monday 21st to Thursday 24th January the tide co-efficient will be over 100. That number is the measurement of how high the tide will be.
For information about Mont-Saint-Michel including the tide timetable for 2019 please go to this page. The tide timetable is in the section entitled ‘How can you make the most of your time there?’
Watch a time lapse video of this amazing phenomenon.
The Mont-Saint-Michel tourist office website page is here.
One of the highlights of being a holiday home owner is exploring the area I live in and sharing it with guests. I love heading out with my camera and taking photos of the area so I’ve had a scroll through my photo album to remind myself what I’ve been up to this year.
Normandy In Photos
In January the Normandy weather wasn’t that wonderful but I did have a drive to a village around 20 minutes away called Regnéville-sur-mer where there’s a ruined chateau and great views across the river.
I made two trips to the D-Day landing beaches in February; firstly to Omaha Beach and La Pointe du Hoc and later in the month to Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église. There aren’t really enough words to explain this – it simply was amazing. Both days were cold but sunny with clear blue skies. It was probably the highlight of my year.
I’ve subsequently added a very comprehensive guide to the D-Day landing beaches and surrounding areas. You can read it here.
In April I went back to the Omaha Beach area as I had a couple of volunteers staying and one of them had American heritage. I also stopped off at the Peace Statue near Grandcamp Maisy.
There was also a quick trip to Bayeux – somewhere I never tire of visiting.
April and May were spent working in the garden. I also took a guided tour around Regnéville which was delightful on a sunny day.
June involved trips to Omaha (yes, that was the third time already that year), Bayeux and a wonderful day out to St Malo. Read my in-depth article about the key sites in Bayeux.
I also visited a partly restored castle in Pirou and had a wonderful morning exploring.
The Marché Normand takes place in Gavray every July. The main street is blocked off and there are parades of tractors, cows, classic cars and people in traditional Normandy costumes. Dancing displays and music also entertain the crowds and the usual Saturday market is bigger than usual. It’s a lovely atmosphere.
Later that month my family came over and stayed twice. We had our usual trip to Granville on a rather windy day.
August passed me by but as it’s peak gite season I would have been up to my ears in laundry I guess. I did manage a trip to Villedieu-les-Poêles to explore the courtyards where artisans such as coppersmiths and lacemakers worked.
September was full of history and heritage. I had a trip to a water mill near to Cherbourg and also the Chateau de Carneville.
Later that month was a heritage weekend when many places are open free to charge. I went to Hambye Abbey and then up towards Saint-Sauveur Le Vicomte to visit the castle and abbey. The following day I visited the Chateau at Gratot (near Coutances) and one of the churches in Coutances.
In October I visited Granville – both the high town and also had afternoon tea in the main town.
The first Sunday in the month from November through to March means that entry to the abbey at Mont Saint Michel is free. The weather was lovely and sunny and the tide was out so a perfect opportunity to take more photos of my favourite place. I’ve written about how to make the most of a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel here.
In December I went to see the son et lumière show on the exterior of Coutances Cathedral. It’s the first time this event has been put on and I really enjoyed it.
So, that’s been my year in Normandy in photos. I hope that my guests have enjoyed discovering Normandy as much as I have. As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to wish you the most amazing 2019. May it be peaceful, happy and healthy.
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Walking across the Bay of Mont St Michel is a magical experience for Normandy visitors. As well as the fabulous views of the island of Mont St Michel, you also get to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who have made this journey over the centuries. There are various different options available depending on how far you want to walk. Other options are walks focussing on nature, those with commentaries and others visiting the smaller island of Tombelaine. Whichever option you decide on, you must go with a guide as quicksand and the fast moving tides make it too dangerous to attempt. A number of companies run these tours. Costs vary depending on the option you choose. Two of the companies are: www.cheminsdelabaie.com and www.decouvertebaie.com
When the tide is out at Mont St Michel you can take a guided walk across the bay. A number of companies offer this and there are different options depending on whether you want a commentary, a nature and eco themed walk or just a one way crossing. The walk there and back takes around 6 hours. Don't attempt this on your own though as it can be dangerous. The photo was taken at sunset from the abbey at Mont St Michel as we watched the walkers head towards the island. Mont St Michel is a 45 minute drive from Gavray.
Throughout the summer the abbey at Mont St Michel in Normandy is open in the evenings. It really is much quieter and so is well worth doing to experience this magnificent attraction. We arrived in daylight, visited the abbey, saw the sun set and took this photo at around 10pm as we were leaving. The car park is free after 7pm and the free shuttle buses run until 1am. Extended opening every evening except Sundays until the end of August.
This tongue-in-cheek video follows agent Jack Dupont as he discovers Normandy James Bond style. From the D-Day beaches to the Mont Saint Michel, the departments of Calvados and Manche are explored courtesy of the dedicated cycle route.
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On the cycle route from the D-Day beaches to the Mont Saint-Michel – CAEN.PRO
On the cycle route from the D-Day beaches to the Mont Saint-Michel www.dday-montsaintmichel-bybike.com Follow Jack Dupont, the spy who rode, on the cycle route from the D-Day beaches to the Mont Saint-Michel. From: CalvadosTourisme Views: 6 0 ratings Time: 04:23 More in Travel & Events Articles similaires Véloroute Plages du débarquement – Mont Saint-Michel Le …