Escape on a weekend getaway or on longer luxury Cap Ferret holidays. Here, you immediately feel away from it all, with the sea air blowing through your hair, the salt sticking to your skin and your feet buried in the fine sand. On this strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Arcachon Bay, you feel like you are at the end of the world, the last stopover before the open sea.
Visit Cap Ferret by bike, on foot or by boat. Discover in this article all our favorite spots and activities to do on the peninsula for an amazing time away.
Cap Ferret holidays for adventurous families
Cap Ferret is the ideal region to enjoy the great outdoors and return energized. During your Cap Ferret holidays, you can choose from a myriad of activities: here are our favourites.
1. Explore oyster villages off the beaten track
In the early morning, set off to discover the oyster villages with a local guide. Meet the region’s favourite producers and, alongside our guide, push open doors normally closed to the public. Then follow the secret coastal paths and stop for an invigorating swim. Return to your villa for lunch on your terrace overlooking the bay. When the tide is low, everything stops, and the boats seem to be abandoned, frozen in time.
2. Climb to the top of the lighthouse
Take your courage in both hands and climb the 258 steps of the Cap Ferret lighthouse . After the climb comes the great reward. From the height of 52 meters, you can admire the incredible panorama of the Arcachon Bay. As the tides change, the landscape changes, and you can feel the power of the ocean. In the distance, you can see the Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island) and its astonishing huts on stilts, a must-see spot for wildlife lovers. Coming here on your Cap Ferret holidays will leave you with many beautiful images.
3. Go on an adventure at sunset
In the evening, after a day of lounging by the pool, head for the beach. At sunset, set off for a romantic horseback ride on the fine sandy beaches of Cap Ferret, while the children learn to wakeboard in the Arcachon Bay with their friends. Unforgettable memories for all ages.
4. Tame the waves
If you love the ocean, Cap Ferret holidays are perfect for you, as here everything will make you happy: the fine sand, the pinasse trips, the salt water. But the best is yet to come: try your hand at surfing, the peninsula’s favourite activity. Try it out individually to learn faster or with the whole family for a day full of fun. The best spot to learn is the Grand Crohot beach, facing the Atlantic Ocean, where the waves are “green”, meaning that they are unbroken.
Cap Ferret for gourmet families
Cap Ferret is a region where life is good, both for its weather and its gastronomy. The bay abounds in small fishermen’s huts turned into tasting spots during the summer. Cap Ferret is also a culinary journey, where the simplest things are the best.
1. Go on a gastronomic cruise
After a long day at the beach, embark at sunset on a pinasse, a traditional boat of the bay for a tasting of fine wines with an oenologist. Taste the wines of the region that go perfectly with seafood, such as fish or oysters from the Arcachon Bay.
2. Prepare a chef’s meal
In the afternoon, let a personal chef take over your kitchen and teach the little ones how to concoct a gourmet snack. On the menu: cannelés, small cakes typical of the region, tender and vanilla flavoured. The children will be thrilled to have made their own treats. They can discover a new recipe every day and reproduce it at home after their Cap Ferret holidays.
3. Find the best spots
In the village of L’Herbe, one of the most authentic villages of the Cape, have lunch at the “Cabane d’Hortense“, an unmissable place. At lunch, sit on the terrace by the waterfront to enjoy a large platter of seafood: shrimp, oysters, crabs, razor clams, and periwinkles. This is our favorite place to eat on Cap ferret holidays.
Next, make a stopover at chez Pascal for a coffee along with the peninsula’s favourite treat: the “dunes blanches”, small sweet choux pastry stuffed with a vanilla cream to die for.
4. Step into the boots of an oyster farmer
Discover the green gold of the Arcachon Bay. It is alongside an oyster farmer that you can really understand the full complexity of this flagship product of the region. Explore the different techniques, ancient and modern, of the ancestral profession of oyster farming. This is an almost mandatory stopover on your Cap Ferret holidays.
Our houses for rent in Cap Ferret
La Villa des Pêcheurs, a typical house of the region, is a heaven on earth with its swimming pool and its private access to the sea. Inside, you will find a colourful decor in a large white painted hut. Upstairs, the bedroom is the centrepiece with its breathtaking view of the Arcachon Bay.
Villa Coinoumasco resembles an artist’s studio. Enjoy the bright daylight and read in the living room. In the evening, gather your whole family in the large kitchen and around the barbecue to prepare a feast. With its outbuilding, it is the ideal house for large families.
Escape to the peninsula and discover all our houses for rent in Cap Ferret.