The best places to see in Cap Ferret
Cap Ferret is a long (more than 20 kilometers) peninsula composed of ten beautiful villages, going from Lege in the North to Cap Ferret village in the South
What are the best places to see on the peninsula?
We offer you a suggestion of ten places to see.
- The head of the peninsula, « La Pointe »
- Le Mimbeau and 44 hectares
- The cap ferret oyster’s farming village
- The Lighthouse
- The Cap Ferret deck Belisaire, go from there by train to
- L’horizon ocean beach
- The algerian chapel by the sea
- L’Herbe oysters farming village
- Horses Point : « La Pointe aux chevaux »
- Claouey oyster’s farming village and its restaurants
You can visit them in one day, in this case, we suggest you to head straight south trough the ocean road called « Truc Vert road » to the end of the peninsula and then come back slowly to the beginning of the peninsula, heading north, by the beautiful small villages road : see our detailed itinerary below the map
First of all, fill your tank in Claouey because you won’t find any more gas station, it’s the beginning of the adventure!
Now prepare to discover a raw country and relax, there is no red light anywhere on the peninsula…
Facing the gas station, you can do the currents in the super market.
Then go south and just before you arrive in « Petit Piquey » village, make a right before the road sign « Petit Piquey », heading to « Truc vert », which is the Ocean road (named « Avenue du truc vert »). This quiet forest road is very rarely busy and it will bring you straight to Cap Ferret and « La Pointe », the end of the peninsula, accross the pine forest along the ocean. Feel free to stop in « Le Truc Vert » or « La Garonne » car parks to discover the sandy beaches, a few minutes walk away, with their Atlantic Ocean big waves and admire the surfers.
When you arrive at the stop sign at the end of this small forest road, make a right to « Cap Ferret » and then wait for the « La Pointe » direction and follow it until the end...
You’re done! you can begin your visit of the Cape Ferret : if you have datas avalaible on your phone and want to be guided by Google maps,
- check the exact place of our marker,
- click on the Google icon in the down-left position of the map. You will be redirected to your GMaps app,
- make a long click on the place you noticed in our map and chose to be guided
As locals say, there’s an « end of the Earth » feeling on this small sandy beach surrounded by the Ocean and its waves. You will enjoy a tremendous view on the Pyla dune, the highest and biggest dune of Europe
Take your car back and head to
This place is unique : the sand makes a small peninsula inside the Arcachon bay and at the place where the small peninsula meets the Cap Ferret big one, there are 44 hectares of unspoiled lands with beautiful houses, but also sandy roads. Don’t go there by car but by walk! You just have to park as referred on the map and make a few minutes walk to discover this beautiful place
You can go by walk (or by car) to :
The charming village offers a view on the Mimbeau and the Pyla dune. There are many oysters degustation restaurants here, facing the Mimbeau
Then head to
The lighthouse is the symbol of the Cap Ferret don’t miss to climb it and admire the point of view on all the Arcachon bay
Take your car or walk (if you still have legs after the stairs climbing of the lighthouse) to
The center of the Cap Ferret village is there and it is the departure point to boat excursions to the Arguin bank, Arcachon and Pyla dune. But this is for an entire day trip. You will now go on your trip by train and go from Belisaire by the small train to the ocean beach :
After a few minutes trip in the small train, you will arrive at one of the surf beaches of Cap Ferret peninsula
When you are back in Belisaire, take your car and head to l’Herbe village, going through La Vigne village and have a look at its harbour on your right
This is the chapel of the first house built in Cap Ferret, the « Algerian villa », now destroyed (and replaced by an awful building), made by a banker who succeeded in North Africa business, named Leon Lesca. He accepted a parcel of land on the peninsula from Napoleon III and only the chapel remains from the villa.
If you found a car park nearby, you can either have a walk along the sea to go to the next step or take your car and park on the hills above the village because car parking inside the village is impossible. You will then reach the village by stairs. The next map gives you the place where you can park your car
This is the most charming village of the Cap Ferret peninsula, simply walk through the small streets and feel happy! You can also taste some oysters in many small places
Take your car back and drive a few kilometers through Le Canon, Piraillan and Grand Piquey (feel free to make a right in all thoses villages if you have time!, you will always find the Arcachon bay sea and oysters farming villages) to :
Certainly the most beautiful view of the Arcachon bay… relax and admire the stunning point of view! downstairs you see the Petit Piquey beach and in the middle of the Arcachon bay sea, the bird’s island : l' »ile aux oiseaux »
Starving at the end of your trip or stuck in the traffic jam, make a right when you arrive in Claouey, just after the white christian cross, you will discover a beautiful small oyster’s farming village : there are two restaurants here, facing the sea… but it is a locals’ secret…
We hope you enjoyed this unspoiled and authentical place!
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Have a good journey!!