France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Tides at St-Malo, Brittany, France
The tides can be extreme, and it's important to be aware of them when you're visiting the beach areas of St-Malo.





The extreme tides at Mont-St-Michel, not far from St-Malo, are famous around the world. But the tides at St-Malo and surrounding areas can also be dangerous, and it's important to be aware of the times of high tide.

When we arrived in St-Malo, looking out the window of our hotel we saw the Fort National, which appeared to be an island not too far off shore, beyond the ramparts:

Fort National, St-Malo, Brittany, France

Imagine our surprise when we looked again some hours later and saw a wide sandy beach leading up to the Fort. Indeed, I later walked across the sand to the Fort National.

Fort National, St-Malo, Brittany, France

There are signs posted at various access points to warn that if you get caught on an island (this one or Grand Bé or Petit Bé), do not try to return. Rather, wait until the tide recedes and you can safely return.

Times of high tides are posted at the Tourist Information Office, or you can check with your hotel. A tide table will tell you the times of high tides (pleines mers) and low (basses mers).

What to See and Do in St-Malo

Fort National

Grand Bé and Petit Bé

Tourist Information in St-Malo

About St-Malo

About Brittany

About Mont-St-Michel




Visitors leaving the Grand Bé as the tide comes in, St-Malo, Brittany, France

Above, Visitors leaving the Grand Bé as the water starts to cover the causeway. Soon it will be completely covered and you'll just see islands.

Below, Sign warning about the tides, St-Malo.

Danger sign, St-Malo, France

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