Passage du Gois is one of the most dangerous roads in France.
The periodically flooded causeway leads its commuters to the island of Noirmoutier and floods twice a day, for an hour or two.
The two mile, 18th-century road is unique for its length. Before it was built, the only way humans could access Noirmoutier was by boat.
Now, as water comes in at an incredible rate, many visitors find themselves stranded every year.
Connecting the Gulf of Burnёf with the island of Noirmoutier is the 4.125km-long Passage du Gois, France’s “sinking road”
When the tide rises the “magic” road disappears under 13 feet of water
So people can only use the road twice a day for a few hours
While the road is pretty unique, it’s extremely dangerous too
In order to prevent cars sinking into the rapidly-disappearing sand, a cobblestone road was laid down
And elevated rescue towers were built for people caught between the tides to climb and wait to be rescued
Interesting fact: the name “Gois” comes from the verb “goiser” which means to walk while wetting one’s shoes
This is what the road looks like on a calm day during high tide
So if you’re planning to drive on Passage du Gois, be sure to ask about the tide times
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