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[:en]A unique natural spectacle - the Grandes Marées on the Cotentin experience

The Normans have a very special love affair with their sea. This becomes particularly intimate in the times of the “Grandes Marées”, the great seas. Then the tidal range on the west coast is that the Channel particularly high and, as in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, can be more than 14 meters.

The moon is responsible

How does this huge tidal range come about? And what does the moon have to do with all this?
The moon with its gravitational pull is an important factor. Because it pulls the water of the oceans a little closer to itself, and a flood mountain is created on the side facing the moon. However, this is not static: due to the rotation of the earth, it essentially moves under the flood mountain. So the water is completely there at high tide and completely gone at low tide. When the sun, moon and earth are in line, i.e. during a full or new moon, this effect is particularly strong and you can observe what the French call Grandes Marées. In German, the phenomenon is less poetically called spring tide, although the tidal range on the North Sea cannot be compared with those on the west coast of the Cotentin. The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel acts like a funnel that literally sucks in the tide. That's why the tidal range here is particularly high and the largest in all of Europe. But you can also observe impressive Grandes Marées along the entire west coast. Really large spring tides occur when the moon is very close to the earth, which is usually the case in late summer/autumn and spring. The next big spring tides occur in September and October. It will be that time again from September 10th to 12th and October 9th and 10th.

Experience the tidal range on Mont-Saint-Michel live

The natural spectacle at Mont-Saint-Michel is particularly impressive. Thanks to the newly built footbridge, the Klosterberg really becomes an island again during the high tides. If you want to watch the impressive floods from the mountain, the tourist office recommends being there two hours before the tide peaks. You also have to factor in the shuttle bus journey. If you are traveling with a dog, you cannot take it on the buses unless your four-legged friend is small enough to be transported in a bag. Allow about an hour to walk from the parking lot to the Mont.

At these times Mont-Saint-Michel will become an island in autumn 2018:
Monday September 10th: 20.42:XNUMX p.m
Tuesday, September 11th: 9.09:21.24 a.m. and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
Wednesday, September 12th: 9.49:22.03 a.m. and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
Tuesday, October 9th 20:20 p.m
Wednesday, October 10th 8.44:21 a.m. and XNUMX p.m

Watch Grandes Marées on the Côte des Havres

But you don't have to go all the way to Mont-Saint-Michel to experience the wonder of the huge tidal range. Because even on the Côte des Havres, very close to your holiday home in Normandy, you can experience first hand how powerfully the sea flows inland. Because the Havres, a lush pasture area for countless sheep in summer, are partially or even completely flooded during spring tides with an extreme tidal coefficient. You can experience the Grandes Marées - and put your feet in the water - for example in Portbail at the 13 Arches bridge or at the Corps de Garde in Saint-Germain-sur-Ay. If the high tides are accompanied by strong winds, strong waves and sometimes flooding can be expected. A great video and photo spot is, for example, the beach La Potiniere with its bathing cabins in Carteret. Be sure to pay attention to possible road closures and information from the police or fire department. A very special leisure activity, however, is fishing on foot, pêche à pied, at low tide. Tidal fishing has been practiced for a long time and is also a popular hobby for locals on the Cotentin coast. You too can fish for mussels and crabs from creeks and ponds. The size and size of animals you are allowed to take with you is posted on the beach.

The end of a summer – what is still important in September on the Cotentin

One of the largest festivals in the region is celebrated in Lessay in September: the Foire Sainte Croix takes place from September 7th to 9th and is one of the largest fairs in France. A colorful mix of traditional livestock markets, fairgrounds, grocers' markets and consumer fairs is on offer. Agricultural equipment and vehicles take up a large part of the 32 hectare exhibition center with a total of 1.500 exhibitors. Small animals and puppies are also offered for sale. The morning hours are recommended for a visit with a dog, as with 350.000 visitors over three days it can get very crowded.

At the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine on September 15th and 16th, cultural monuments in Normandy will also be opened to the public or special tours will be offered. Information and details can be found on the official French website.

Text and images: Barbara Homolka // chienNormandie

[:de]The Normans have a very special love affair with their sea. This becomes particularly intimate in the times of the “Grandes Marées”, the great seas. Then the tidal range on the west coast of the Manche is particularly high and, as in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, can be more than 14 meters.

The moon is responsible

The Havres on the west coast of the Cotentin are also included
flooded by the sea during spring tides.
How does this huge tidal range come about? And what does the moon have to do with all this?
The moon with its gravitational pull is an important factor. Because it pulls the water of the oceans a little closer to itself, and a flood mountain is created on the side facing the moon. However, this is not static: due to the rotation of the earth, it essentially moves under the flood mountain. So the water is completely there at high tide and completely gone at low tide. When the sun, moon and earth are in line, i.e. during a full or new moon, this effect is particularly strong and you can observe what the French call Grandes Marées. In German, the phenomenon is less poetically called spring tide, although the tidal range on the North Sea cannot be compared with those on the west coast of the Cotentin. The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel acts like a funnel that literally sucks in the tide. That's why the tidal range here is particularly high and the largest in all of Europe. But you can also observe impressive Grandes Marées along the entire west coast. Really large spring tides occur when the moon is very close to the earth, which is usually the case in late summer/autumn and spring. The next big spring tides occur in September and October. It will be that time again from September 10th to 12th and October 9th and 10th.

Experience the tidal range on Mont-Saint-Michel live

Mont-Saint-Michel will be at the Grandes Marées again
to an island.
The natural spectacle at Mont-Saint-Michel is particularly impressive. Thanks to the newly built footbridge, the Klosterberg really becomes an island again during the high tides. If you want to watch the impressive floods from the mountain, the tourist office recommends being there two hours before the tide peaks. You also have to factor in the shuttle bus journey. If you are traveling with a dog, you cannot take it on the buses unless your four-legged friend is small enough to be transported in a bag. Allow about an hour to walk from the parking lot to the Mont.

At these times Mont-Saint-Michel will become an island in autumn 2018:
– Monday September 10th: 20.42:XNUMX p.m
– Tuesday, September 11th: 9.09:21.24 a.m. and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
– Wednesday, September 12th: 9.49:22.03 a.m. and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
– Tuesday, October 9th 20:20 p.m
– Wednesday, October 10th 8.44:21 a.m. and XNUMX p.m

Watch Grandes Marées on the Côte des Havres

Tide fishing at low tide is practiced by many Normans.
But you don't have to go all the way to Mont-Saint-Michel to experience the wonder of the huge tidal range. Because even on the Côte des Havres, very close to your holiday home in Normandy, you can experience first hand how powerfully the sea flows inland. Because the Havres, a lush pasture area for countless sheep in summer, are partially or even completely flooded during spring tides with an extreme tidal coefficient. You can experience the Grandes Marées - and put your feet in the water - for example in Portbail at the 13 Arches bridge or at the Corps de Garde in Saint-Germain-sur-Ay. If the high tides are accompanied by strong winds, strong waves and sometimes flooding can be expected. A great video and photo spot is, for example, the beach La Potiniere with its bathing cabins in Carteret. Be sure to pay attention to possible road closures and information from the police or fire department. A very special leisure activity, however, is fishing on foot, pêche à pied, at low tide. Tidal fishing has been practiced for a long time and is also a popular hobby for locals on the Cotentin coast. You too can fish for mussels and crabs from creeks and ponds. The size and size of animals you are allowed to take with you is posted on the beach.
When spring tides and storms coincide, you can
take spectacular wave photos.

The end of a summer – what is still important in September on the Cotentin

One of the largest festivals in the region is celebrated in Lessay in September: the Foire Sainte Croix takes place from September 7th to 9th and is one of the largest fairs in France. A colorful mix of traditional livestock markets, fairgrounds, grocers' markets and consumer fairs is on offer. Agricultural equipment and vehicles take up a large part of the 32 hectare exhibition center with a total of 1.500 exhibitors. Small animals and puppies are also offered for sale. The morning hours are recommended for a visit with a dog, as with 350.000 visitors over three days it can get very crowded.

At the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine on September 15th and 16th, cultural monuments in Normandy will also be opened to the public or special tours will be offered. Information and details can be found on the official French website.

Text and pictures: Barbara Homolka // chienNormandie

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