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!
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.