Planning a trip to France in your car? Besides packing food and shelter supplies, you might want to have a floating boat with you, as today we are going to cover a road that might need more than a car to cross.
Passage du Gois is a natural passage with a length of 4,3km (2.58-miles), connecting the Gulf of Burnef with the island of Noirmoutier.
This treacherous passage is not only unique but extremely dangerous too.
Located on the Atlantic coast of France, the road is notorious for periodically “disappearing” by being flooded twice a day.
This 4.3km road has become more of a tourist attraction but is also very dangerous road to travel in case you mix up the tide times and you run the risk of disappearing beneath the salty brine.
Even after the tides have gone, the road is quite slippery from the remaining seaweed and salty water.
Advice panels are installed at both ends of the passage, telling the passengers when to cross the road, and when is the next tide due.
People are discouraged from walking on the shore, and it is also strictly forbidden but tolerated to park on the pavement.
This uneven stone paved causeway was first used during the XVI century as the Baie de Bourgneuf gradually silted up.
In case you are stuck in a rising wave, there are elevated rescue towers for you to climb and wait to be rescued.
Would love to have this road on my way to the workplace!