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Noirmoutier: Le Passage du Gois

Noirmoutier.locationLast week we did a short visit to Noirmoutier, an island in the Vendée department. It is however not the island itself that attracts me there, but rather a periodically flooded passage leading to the island, Le Passage de Gois, that is interesting.


Passage du Gois

Le Passage de Gois is flooded half of the time, except during the 2 low tides everyday. Officially, 1.5 hour before and after the low tide time will grant you safe passage along this 4.5-kilometer sandbank.

low tide

However if you wish to observe the tide coming in and covering the passage, I am afraid you will have to wait much longer than an hour and a half.

Passage du Gois

During my visit, there weren’t any tourists but we did see quite a few villagers/ professionals digging shells, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops or whatever they find there. If you happen to visit Noirmoutier, bring your water shoes and trowel and you will be rewarded with a seafood treat that night.

When you finish walking along the sandbank and collecting shellfish, you will want to visit Noirmoutier-en-l’ile in which you will find the two major landmarks on the island- the castle and the church.



There are a few beaches on the island as well so you can choose the ideal one to chill out, swim or do water sports.

Bon voyage à tous 🙂

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