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Watch the tide go out along Le Passage du Gois  31/01/2014

Le Passage du Gois is one of the Vendee's hidden treasures, a natural passageway formed of a paved over sandbank that passes from the mainland to the island of Normoutier and from which you can watch the tide ebb and flow in dramatic circumstances.

Located at Beauvoir-sur-Mer, it is completely submerged under water twice a day as a result of the high tide. When the tide is out, it offers the chance for amazing beach walks. In fact, it is so popular that every year it hosts a special footrace, the Foulees du Gois - in which contestants race against the high tide. 

It was has also been used numerous times for the Tour de France, most infamously in 1999, when it proved to be a decisive stage after slippery nature of its surface resulted in a crash within the peleton, ending the chances of a yellow jersey for several of the year's favourites, including Alex Zulle.

If you decide to walk or cycle along Le Pasasge du Gois on your holiday in the Vendee, you'll be treated to some fantastic views of rural life once you reach the island of Normoutier, which has been partially reclaimed by the sea.

Split between several communes, the island is home to beautiful rustic scenery, including whitewashed windmills with thatched roofs and vast meadowland. From Carisma's top-rated campsite at St Hilaire in the Vendee, it is just a 45 minute drive to reach Le Passage du Gois.

From our coastal base, you will also be able to enjoy access to a private sandy beach that is a direct walk from your mobile home or campsite, and plenty of activities that you'd expect for such a location, including water sports such as windsurfing.

This superb, family run site also boasts one of the best water parks in the whole region, with numerous slides that plunge into the heated lagoon-style pool below, as well as a jacuzzi for mum and dad.

Any views or opinions expressed in all articles under the title “Carisma News” are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Carisma Holidays Limited


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