Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. Its unique position of being an island only 600 metres from land made it readily accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey. Equally, this position made it readily defensible. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Site] and more than 3 million people visit it each year. It's a very charming place.
To observe the phenomenon of the rising tide, you must be present 2 hours before the times indicated on spring tide days. It is extremely dangerous to venture alone into the bay including immediately close to Mont Saint-Michel.