The Passage du Gois is a road to connects the island of Noirmoutier with the mainland at Beauvoir-sur-Mer, but sometimes you can’t see it.
The natural road across the seabed has been used by locals for centuries to make their way to mainland France. In 1971, they built a bridge so now the island is always accessible, it’s called Le Pont du Noirmoutier.
The passage from above. Marc Bourbon
But the road is still the favourite with the tourists, as the passage is flooded twice a day at high tide. The 4.125 meter long road is only accessible at low tide, for about 1.5 hours at low tide and 1.5 hours after.
The Passage du Gois is also known for its cockles and venus clams, and at low tide you’ll often see the locals walking along the beach, looking down. You can enjoy these shellfish for lunch with a delicious glass of wine at Noirmoutier or Beauvoir-sur-Mer.
There have been some mishaps when it comes to the flooding of the road, so they’ve installed safety columns you can climb up on should you get into trouble.
Both sides of the passage also have a sign that tell you when it’s safe to cross, and there are electronic clocks and warning signs in three languages…
This road has been used in the tour de France a few times and is back on the route in 2018…
How do I get there?
The passage is located between Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer.