The Passage du Gois, an unmissable part of your holiday
Even before you arrive in Noirmoutier, the Island of Mimosas reveals one of its most famous curiosities: the Passage du Gois, a route that appears and disappears with each tide. A true foretaste of the wonders that await you on the other side!
At the end of your route, your campsite on the island of Noirmoutier invites you to recharge the batteries on the ocean shore. With the gentle sound of the waves in the background, sleep peacefully in your mobile home or in one of our quirky accommodation options! Water park with covered and heated swimming pool, entertainment for the kids and activities for the parents, all you have to do is listen to your inner desires. That’s the secret of a successful holiday!
Visit the Passage du Gois with the family
A listed “Site of National and Heritage Interest”, the Passage du Gois near your campsite in the Vendée is an amazing attraction for the kids! Particularly rich in shellfish, it’s the perfect spot to go foraging on the seashore, and there could hardly be a more beautiful backdrop for trying your hand at this fun activity with the family!
But whatever you do, don’t forget to check the tide times before setting out. Allow for a total period of 3 hours, 1½ hours before low tide and 1½ hours after. You’ll find warning panels on either side of the causeway to avoid any nasty surprises!
Visit the Passage du Gois as a couple
By car, by bike or on foot, a romantic trip across the Passage du Gois is an unmissable part of any visit to the island of Noirmoutier! With a length of 4.5km, it enables you to literally travel over the water during a surrealist expedition taking some twenty minutes.
On each side of the causeway, raised platforms have been installed as a refuge for those caught out by the rising tide. They’re also ideal to take some amazing photos of the ocean blue panorama, notably at sunset!
Camping Passage du Gois: our handy tips for a successful stay
Did you know? Before 1975, the Passage du Gois was the only route linking the island of Noirmoutier to the continent.
Knowing when to cross couldn’t be simpler: if low tide is at midday, you can pass between 10.30am and 1.30pm!
In the month of June, come and watch the “Foulées du Gois”, a race where sprinters of all ages come together on this legendary causeway!
Once safely across, you’ll find Barbâtre and its pine forest waiting to officially welcome you to the Island of Mimosas!