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Passage du Gois

A unique curiosity that you’ll find nowhere else in the world, the Passage du Gois links your Sandaya campsite on the island of Noirmoutier to Beauvoir-sur-Mer in the Vendée. During your holiday on the Côte de Lumière, discover the island of mimosas, a jewel in the Atlantic Ocean, by crossing its legendary causeway when the waters recede. At low tide, you can even join the shoreline foragers and gather your own oysters, cockles, clams and other shellfish!
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Cross the Passage du Gois to reach your holiday accommodation!

Camping with Sandaya on the sublime island of Noirmoutier is also an opportunity to take the historic Passage du Gois; this fascinating 4.2km causeway connects the island to the mainland, a unique holiday pleasure not to be missed! A magical gateway to the island of Noirmoutier, it takes you directly to the Sandaya campsite in Barbâtre, the small Vendée town at the southern tip of the island. The perfect spot for a holiday, you’ll be on the front line to enjoy all the natural wonders of Noirmoutier: ocean view, forest of tall maritime pines, the protective dunes that line the beaches of fine sand... Holidays on Noirmoutier have all flavour of paradise!
Discover a campsite where you can stay in a mobile home, a lodge or even a teepee tent, a caravan or campervan, right next to the island’s largest beach and linked directly by footpaths and cycle tracks. A camping holiday under a radiant sun with a water park for the whole family! So make the most of it for an aquagym lesson in the covered and heated swimming pool or to top up your suntan on the solarium terrace! And for all those campers unable to keep still, your 5 star campsite on the island of Noirmoutier has prepared an impressive programme of activities. On the campsite itself you can join in a football match on the multisports ground, enjoy a good workout with our open-air fitness lessons, organise a grand table tennis tournament and make the most of the free children’s clubs... That’s what we mean by camping inspired by freedom!


Crossing the Gois causeway provides a wonderful foretaste of the beauty of the island of Noirmoutier; offering a breathtaking view over the Atlantic Ocean, it gives the magical impression of floating on water. From being completely invisible it turns into a stretch of dry land, a natural spectacle of rare beauty to discover as the sea withdraws and the birds come into land on the long line of dunes. On the other side of the causeway, the ocean has lost none of its beauty: bordered by sheltered creeks, fine sand beaches, marinas and majestic seaside houses, the Atlantic offers a fabulous playground to discover with all the family. With its 40km of beaches, the island of Noirmoutier never fails to charm! So whether you come and enjoy all the delights of watersports, scuba diving, lazing in the sun or fishing for crabs with your feet in the water... it’s time to head for a seaside holiday camping with Sandaya on the island of mimosas!

Tide times

Although it’s easy to reach the island of Noirmoutier via its legendary Passage du Gois, access is strictly regulated and totally dependent on the rhythm of the tides. To avoid being surprised by the rising sea level, you have 3 hours to cross safely, 1½ hours before and after low tide. So don’t forget to check the tide table in real time to ensure you don’t get caught out as the sea-level rises! As you cross you’ll see the wooden platforms that mark the roadside, built from the 18th century onwards these provide a refuge for the foolhardy. So why not come and experience the magic of this mythical road and its superb panorama, unique in the world! 

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