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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