Crossing the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel

A hike to discover the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

The Mont-Saint-Michel is a jewel which is really worth the detour, its visit takes half a day but if you have time you can join the Mont by crossing the bay which allows to see it under all its facets. The classic crossing starts at Bec d'Andaine, the place includes a car park where you can leave your car. Be careful with the tide times, it is difficult to go there and back during low tide and it is impossible to come back at high tide. The walk must be done in shorts and barefoot because you can put your feet in the water. You can choose to do the round trip (6 hours walk) but it can also be interesting to use a company that takes you by bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to the Bec d'Andaine. Anyway, if you don't know the area, it is interesting to go through a guide, he will tell you the tide times to respect and will explain you the fauna and flora.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 4 h.

In the distance the Mont-Saint-Michel

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In the distance the Mont-Saint-Michel
In the foreground you can see the islet of Tombelaine and in the distance the goal of the walk: the Mont-Saint-Michel

Transhumance

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Transhumance
In the high season hundreds of tourists cross the bay at the same time.

The immensity of the bay

The immensity of the bay
Of course the guide will tell you about the famous question "Does the tide go as fast as a galloping horse? ". According to him, the fact that the bay is not flat (rising, falling) can increase the speed of the rising water.

The bay at low tide

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The bay at low tide
The other classic question is the question about quicksand. If you are with a guide he will show you quicksand along the route.

The rock of Tombelaine

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The rock of Tombelaine
We pass by this islet, it was occupied for a time by the English who had built a fort in the 15th century. It must have been a long time.

Crossing a river

Crossing a river
The crossing is fun, don't hesitate to get wet to cross small streams.

The arrival

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The arrival
This is the end of the hike.

The mountain seen from below

The mountain seen from below
At the end of the crossing you can see the mountain from this unusual angle.

The mountain surrounded by water

The mountain surrounded by water
The crossing is not possible at high tide. Here you can see the mountain surrounded by water. The work around the Mount is now finished, there will always be an island during high tides.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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