1The road in France that disappears underwater twice a day
If you're planning a trip to France, make sure to be careful with the roads you take. They might just disappear!
Connecting the Gulf of Burn?f with the island of Noirmoutier, Passage du Gois is a road that is not only unique but extremely dangerous. Twice, every day, when the high tide rises, the 2.58-mile long passage disappears 13 ft under water. People use the road two times a day for a few hours (special panels on both sides show when it's safe to travel). People still get caught between the tides, and there are elevated rescue towers for people to climb, just in case.
2The Shivling that can only be viewed during low tide
Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple is located in Kavi Kamboi, Gujarat, India. Its Shivling is located so close to the sea that one can only worship there during low tide. The shrine is more than 150-years-old and is situated near the Gulf of Cambay.
3The island castle that is only accessible during low tide
This island castle in Mont Saint Michel, France, is only accessible during low tide. Its claim to fame is that it never fell to the English during the 116 years of the Hundred Years' War.
4The place where the Sea-Parting Festival is held every year
Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists gather at the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula every year for the Jindo Sea-Parting Festival. The event celebrates a natural phenomenon in which the Jindo Sea — the northern portion of the East China Sea — opens up just enough to reveal a 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) pathway connecting South Korea's Jindo Island to the nearby island of Modo.
For the hour that the path is visible at its peak time on each of the four festival days, visitors take leisurely walks to Modo Island while the locals dig around for clams and seaweed. Although there is only one annual festival, the water parts two to three times a year between March and June.
The parting of the Jindo Sea was brought to the world's attention in 1975 by the former French Ambassador to South Korea, Pierre Landy, who called it the Korean version of Moses' miracle (referring to the biblical parting of the Red Sea).
5The airport that disappears during high tide
Barra is a 23-square mile island off the western coast of Scotland. It has an airport with three marked runways and conducts regularly scheduled flights. What makes those flights unique is that the schedule takes the tide into account — during high tide, the sea submerges the runways.
6The tidal island in England connected by a granite causeway that is only acessible during low tide
St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England's most famous landmark, is a small, rocky tidal island crowned by a breathtaking medieval church and castle, rich in history and lore. Legend has it that the Mount was once the home of a giant named Cormoran, who would wade ashore and steal cattle when he got hungry. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Cormoran and visit the island during low tide when a granite causeway appears for pedestrian crossings. Inside castle walls, history-lovers can enjoy a display of armor and weapons, sub-tropical gardens, and stunning views from the castle turrets. Missed low tide? Ferry boat services are running at high tide during the summer.
7The dreamlike white sandbar that completely disappears on high tide
The Manjuyod White Sandbar completely disappears during high tide and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Negros Oriental.
The exceptional location can be accessed via 15-minute boat ride from the Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City, Negros Oriental.
One can only witness it during low tide. It is only then the beautiful white sands and starfish show up, but during high tide one can appreciate the beauty of the unspoiled beach and the crystal blue ocean water.
8The horse sculptures designed to be seen during low tides
Four horses are standing by the Thames, but you'll only see them at low tide. They are located by the Vauxhall Bridge, not far from the Houses of Parliament, and are visible in different degrees as the water level changes.
Created by eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor to encourage people to reflect on our dependence on fossil fuels, the horses' heads are oil well pumps – also known as horsehead pumps. Two of the riders are businessmen, and two are children, alluding to the people who currently control resources versus those whose futures are at stake.
10The romantic path in Japan that appears during low tide and brings luck to couples
There are tourist spots throughout Japan that are advertised as being places "for couples to visit." Angel Road in Shodoshima, Kagawa, a beautiful spot where the path only appears during low tide, is one of them.
The path is approximately 500 meters long. Legend has it that if couples walk this path while holding hands it leads to happiness. Many visit this romantic spot. Movies and TV dramas are shot here as well.
Angel Road can be crossed about 3 hours before low tide – this is the best time to visit because that's when there's the least amount of footprints.