The tides at Mont Saint Michel
The highest tides in Europe can be seen at Mont Saint Michel. Twice a day, the tide comes into the bay at great speed over an expanse of 15 km.
What you need to know about the tides at Mont Saint Michel :
- During spring tides, the sea withdraws 15 kilometres in 6 hours.
- The sea comes in at a speed of 20 to 30 km/h, « at the speed of a galoping horse » according to Victor Hugo.
- The tides are the reason for this great biological phenomenen in Mont Saint Michel bay
- The tidal bore is a powerful wave which flows up the Sée, the Sélune and the Couesnon. It is a rare phenomenen that occurs in only twenty estuaries in the world and which can be seen at Mont Saint Michel !