The bay

Europe's highest and lowest tides

Discover the majestic bay of Mont-Saint-Michel which extends from Cancale to Granville. Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, and Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club member, this immense coastal space presents an astonishing natural spectacle, particularly during high tides, but also through sporting activities and quality cuisine.

From Cancale to the Balcon de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

Our area covers all of the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel on the Brittany side.

The bay offers you a naturally rich heritage; a unique landscape between land and sea, composed of sand, polders and marshes. Here, the tidal range is the most important in Europe, being able to reach more than 13 metres. At low tide, the Mont-Saint-Michel bay can be explored over several tens of thousands of hectares.

Cancale, facing the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel, is renowned for its oysters but also for its beaches and rocky points, like the famous Pointe du Grouin. From Cancale, you can see all of the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel to Granville, our Norman neighbour opposite. Continuing from town to town, you will find a range of viewpoints, and a natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage.

The Ondes lookout point is located at Saint-Benoit des Ondes where the view from its summit is extraordinary. Then the Pays de Dol Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel, at the doors to Brittany, which welcomes you to discover the nature and heritage of the region.

The local heritage, rich in its many attractive features, can be found in the scale of the destination: the polders, the canteen of salt meadow lamb; the Balcon de la Baie where the panoramic view fills us with wonder, the white marsh and its expanse of sand, the pilings which stand upright to welcome the AOP (Protected Designation of Origin) mussels, the oysters which rest before being tasted.


The Mont-Saint-Michel bay houses two small granite islands. The most famous is the Mont-Saint-Michel, located at the East of the bay, 25 kilometres from Cancale. The second, less well-known is Tombelaine, several kilometres north of the mountain. It’s a real bird sanctuary! The bay’s high tidal range will allow you to reach it on dry land when the sea is low.

Pilgrimages towards the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel began as early as the Middle Ages with the crossing of the shores. Today, pilgrims and visitors follow the seawall, facilitating accessibility to the site. For many years now a footbridge on stilts, letting water pass underneath, has allowed the island of Mont-Saint-Michel to be reached at any time of the day!

Today, the crossing of the shores is fashionable again. Have a guide accompany you to approach the mountain and discover the bay from another angle. This extraordinary experience is becoming more and more successful with nature tourism enthusiasts wanting to approach the mountain off the beaten track.