Discovering Cap Ferret

What a disappointment this walk in Cap Ferret was!

The reputation of Cap Ferret is well established. Over the years, newspapers and films have created a positive image of Cap Ferret. Young and well-to-do friends meet 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 wealthy 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.

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Duration: 6 h.

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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.

A cruel disappointment

A cruel disappointment
After all the media propaganda about 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 fishing village you can walk to the lighthouse. There is also a car park 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 to the lighthouse and the walk to the tip of Cap Ferret. Unfortunately the walk to the tip is no longer really possible due to the degradation of the dunes.

View of the Arcachon basin from the lighthouse

View of 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 need 20 minutes of walk 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
On the positive side, parking is mostly free. It must be said that there is no real parking space, you can park anywhere. We will pass again for the side preserved nature. There is not really a pedestrian path, you have to slalom between the bike paths 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.

Horizon Beach

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 just next to it and the military camouflage which is used as an umbrella.

The beach of La Vigne

The beach of La Vigne
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 lying on the beach. Cherry on the cake there are many people in summer.
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