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The Gois passage

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The Gois passage - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée
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The Gois passage is a 4.5-km long tidal causeway which connects at low tide the Noirmoutier island to Beauvoir-sur-Mer on the continent.

Before the Noirmoutier bridge was built in 1971, the Gois passage was the only passable way allowing to reach the island. Today a tourist attraction, the Gois passage is also enjoyed by fishermen on foot. At rising tide, the rescue towers located all along the Passage du Gois are lifesavers for the careless people unable to make it back to the coast in time.

An unusual sports event is held in May, the Foulées du Gois: a running race over the Passage du Gois... at rising tide!

Additional information
The Gois passage

The passage of Gois is a submersible road between the continent and the island of Noirmoutier; it can not be borrowed at low tide. Depending on the tides, you can go to the island of Noirmoutier either by the bridge or by the Gois. It can be reached by car or bicycle. The bike path of the bridge is very well secured.

Passage du Gois at low tide (© Jean Espirat)
Passage du Gois at low tide (© Jean Espirat)
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Passage du Gois at low tide (© Jean Espirat)
Passage du Gois at low tide (© Jean Espirat)
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Gois at high tide (© Jean Espirat)
Gois at high tide (© Jean Espirat)
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