Vacation in the authentic French oyster capital Cap Ferret!
The peninsula Lège Cap Ferret stands for varied family vacation between the calm basin of Arcachon and the wild waves of the Atlantic. From Bordeaux, the route leads in the direction of Lacanau. Halfway south to Biscarrosse, the headland of the Cape with its oyster huts, beach houses and endless white sandy beaches encloses the basin.
The small villages line up like a pearl necklace from Claouey to Le Canon to the lighthouse of Cap Ferret, each in its own style. Speaking of style, it’s at home here. And so along the only road to the Cap numerous furnishing shop such as the “La Maison d’ici”, brocante stores with real old treasures and many galleries regional artists. So you should definitely leave room in the car for one or the other shopping stop.
For culinary stops during the day, you can stop anywhere for “tasting” oysters and shrimp at one of the quaint huts on the Bassin side. The place l’Herbe has grown on us for this. The kids get a crepe beforehand and then dig in the sand while the adults enjoy the local seafood. For the evening, the Hotel de la Plage Chez Magne is an institution. Between red-and-white checkered tables and fairy lights, people have been meeting here since 1860 in a true feel-good atmosphere for dinner, which begins with an aperitif and homemade frites. Then it’s happily back to the Domaine du Ferret, which has quite wonderful family rooms.
Once arrived in Cap Ferret, the red-white lighthouse serves not only the boats, but also us for orientation. Those who set out to climb the 258 steps are rewarded with a magnificent view from Arcachon over the Dune du Pyla to the surf beaches Plage d’Horizon, Plage de Truc Vert and Plage de Grand Crohot. Also the rege Markttreiben can be recognized already from up here. To observe it at close range and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, the Café Lemoine is a real recommendation: with every drink there are the delicious homemade cannellés. The market stalls here are also lovingly decorated with a lot of style – surfer hoodies on an old Porsche, flower dresses in a hippie arrangement and you can’t get past the old French toy cars anyway.
Seen enough stores? You can leave the car behind and take a small train up the dune to the Plage d’Horizon. Here you can find the most beautiful and fancy shells, watch the surfers surfing and find inexhaustible building material for the most amazing sand castles. If you want to try yourself on a board, you can rent the equipment on site and there are surf courses even for the youngest.
Besides beachlife and oyster slurping, the surrounding area invites to cycling. With electric bikes or pure muscle power, we pedal between pines and plages to once again feel the wonderful nature of France between waves, expanse and wind and take it home with us.
Can’t wait to be back, Cap Ferret.
This wonderful inspiration for your family vacation comes from Kirstin. Thank you so much for it!