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Discovering Cap Ferret

What a disappointment this walk in Cap Ferret was!

The reputation of Cap Ferret is well established. Newspapers and films have shaped a positive image of Cap Ferret over the years. We meet between young and well-to-do friends in an idyllic place around a bowl of oysters and a glass of wine. Unfortunately the reality is quite different... Our vision of Cap Ferret differs from most of the other tourist guides. Nothing seduced us in Cap Ferret. Of course we were only passing through for a day, if we had spent a week in a rich villa the impression would surely be completely different. We still think that the reputation of Cap Ferret is totally overrated, it lacks a unity, a coherence to this place. There are much more beautiful villages along the Atlantic coast.

Interest: ratingvery disappointing (1 user)
Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 6 h.

The comments

Inconnu09/06/2021 16:26:19 rating very disappointing

Effectivement la réputation de l'endroit est complétement surfaite

The entrance to the fishermen's village

The entrance to the fishermen's village
The place is not only a tourist site, there are still many fishermen and oyster producers in activity. There are also some restaurants and oyster bars. If you just come for a walk you can see everything in 5 minutes.

The beach near the fishing village

The beach near the fishing village
We remain rather doubtful in front of the beauty of the beaches of Cap Ferret on the Arcachon basin side.

Cruel disappointment

Cruel disappointment
After all the propaganda of the media on the beauty of the Arcachon basin, one can only be disappointed by the reality.

The entrance to the Cap Ferret lighthouse

The entrance to the Cap Ferret lighthouse
From the fishermen's village you can walk to the lighthouse. There is also a parking lot right next to it. The price is 6 euros, for this price you can go up to the top of the lighthouse and visit a small museum presenting the history of the maps of the Arcachon basin.

The Cap Ferret lighthouse

The Cap Ferret lighthouse
There are two main must-see attractions: the visit of the lighthouse and the walk to the tip of Cap Ferret. Unfortunately the walk to the tip is not really possible anymore because of the degradation of the dunes.

View on the Arcachon basin from the lighthouse

View on the Arcachon basin from the lighthouse
Opposite you can see the other side of the basin.

View of the Atlantic from the lighthouse

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View of the Atlantic from the lighthouse
The distances are important, it is better to travel by car, you will have to walk 20 minutes from the lighthouse if you want to reach the ocean. The walk is not interesting, you have to walk along the road and there are no sidewalks.

Parking in Cap Ferret

Parking in Cap Ferret
Positive point, the parking is most of the time free. It should be said that there is not really a parking place, we can park a little bit everywhere. We will pass again for the side preserved nature. There is not really pedestrian path it is necessary to slalom between the cycle tracks and the cars.

The dunes

The dunes
It is not so easy to find an entrance to the dunes and the beach.

The beach of the Dunes in Cap Ferret

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The beach of the Dunes in Cap Ferret
As the access to this beach is not easy you will not be bothered by the crowd even in high season you will not meet many people. The beach is not supervised.

The Horizon beach

The Horizon beach
The beach is supervised, it looks like all the beaches around, nothing exceptional. At least you are protected in case of bombing with the bunker right next to it and the military camouflage which is used as an umbrella.

The beach of the Vine

The beach of the Vine
This small beach is located next to the port of La Vigne. There is nothing like the smell of diesel in the middle of the boats to start your day of idleness lying on the beach. Cherry on the cake there are many people in summer.

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