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In France, This Dangerous Road Disappears Underwater Twice A Day

Mark Andrew

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The Passage du Gois is probably one of the most unique – and risky – roads you can ever encounter. In fact, you will never find anything like it in the world.

This road connects the island of Noirmoutier and the mainland of Beauvoir-ser-Mer. It has been used since the year 600. What makes it extremely unusual, however, is the fact that it disappears two times every day whenever the high tide rises.

France’ Passage du Gois disappears two times a day because of high tide.

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The road links the island of Noirmoutier and the mainland of Beauvoir-ser-Mer.

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So yes, this 4,150-meter long causeway gets submerged under 13 feet of water twice daily. The remaining time that it surfaces (only about a few hours each day) is the only advisable time that people and vehicles can use it. Special panels have been installed on both sides of the road to serve as indicators whether it is safe to use it or not.

Passage du Gois measures 4,150 meters in length and it goes under 13 feet of water twice a day.

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Warning signs are installed in the area to inform motorists and passers-by.

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Still, rescue piles and towers are easily accessible in the area for the safety of those who may get caught in the middle of the tide. This helps prevent accidents.

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According to the AuPassageDuGois website, the causeway also “attracts a lot of shell seekers” who may be looking for edible shells. “With low tide you will see the French on the sea banks with their head to the ground in search of edible sea shells,” the site says, “which they will be eating at lunch with a delicious glass of the local wine.”

The road also attracts “a lot of shell seekers,” according to the AuPassageDuGois website.

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If you’re going to France anytime soon, Passage du Gois is absolutely one of the places you should check out.

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