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ISLANDS AND PENINSULAS

From Arcachon to Cap-Ferret, a multitude of islands and peninsulas offer a haven of peace and beauty for recharging one’s batteries closer to nature. Exceptional places near the Hotel Point France .

The Banc d’Arguin , the Ile aux Oiseaux , the Ile de Malprat or the peninsula of Cap Ferret are all symbols of the Arcachon Bay which overlap under the same identity while offering a great diversity of landscapes. One benefiting from a grassland ecosystem, another ideal for the practice of heliotropism, yet another delivering an exceptional natural and built heritage, the island side of the Basin will surprise more than one!

The Cap Ferret peninsula, between the Atlantic Ocean and Arcachon Bay, promises you a change of scenery and wild discoveries… With its 10 villages, the peninsula offers authenticity and uprooting. The Grand Crohot , Claouey Le Four , The Jacquets Petit Piquey , Le Grand Piquey , The Green Thing , Pirailan , The Cannon , The Grass , The Vine , Cap Ferret … Each one has a unique atmosphere.

Natural islands that denote

You first enter Grand Crohot, with its market and its wide beaches bordering the ocean, where you will meet surfers. Le Claouey offers many activities to share a privileged moment with the family. With its two tides, the village has two faces: nautical activities in the open sea, walks with the nature reserves of the salt marshes of Arès-Lège and the market and its welcoming and generous traders.

Les Jacquets Petit Piquey promises you secret corners, stopping time with its street exclusively dedicated to its shops specifically devoted to decoration and gourmet food with its oyster farmer’s huts. Indeed the Grand Piquey with its many nautical activities will allow you to discover the waters of the Basin with diving. On the other hand, the Truc Vert will be ideal for a breath of fresh air with its large pine forests and horseback riding.

Similarly, let yourself be totally disoriented at Piraillan with its 40-hectare nature reserve. Especially for peaceful beaches with an idyllic setting, go to Canon. L’Herbe has a chapel with a very special architecture that is worth the trip… As for the tip of Cap Ferret, let yourself be lulled and surrounded by the water, and forget the time…

While to the south-east of the Bassin d’Arcachon, the Leyre delta extends over 140 hectares. It favors the development of species of fauna and flora. Exclusively composed of fresh water, you can admire meadows with reedbeds and pines as far as the eye can see.

Île aux Oiseaux, in the center of the Bassin d’Arcachon, has been a listed natural site since 2008. Let yourself be surprised by its Cabanes Tchanquées, which, depending on the tide, are accessible on foot. But also by a sand path, or on stilts, in the water. Discover the Esteys, the 5 “districts” and 50 huts that make it up, for a guaranteed change of scenery, with your feet in the water… The seasonal inhabitants who live there carefully respect the island’s ecosystem: solar panels and rainwater harvesting. Accessible by boat or kayak, discover this unique island.

Human constructions that make essential places

For 15 years, the Lège-Cap Ferret Tourist Office has been committed to helping the public discover and rediscover this emblematic place in the Arcachon Basin. It has 258 steps and a superb 360° panorama over the Basin and the Ocean. Le Phare offers you a new interactive exhibition focusing on new technologies and nautical cartography. Educational applications, 3D film projection, digitized maps…

At the foot of the Lighthouse, you can visit one of the vestiges of the Second World War, the Blockhaus du Phare. Built by the Germans in 1943, it has been completely restored in order to offer visitors a faithful reconstruction of the daily life of the soldiers who lived there.

Take advantage of your visit to the Cap-Ferret Lighthouse to discover the surroundings, and enjoy a unique view of the Basin… The Cap-Ferret Peninsula, welcoming and charming, will let you flirt along the paths lined with pine trees .

“The star that we see on the gate is the emblem of the lighthouse and beacon service, chosen in memory of the old navigators who could only find their way by scanning the sky. Lit at sunset, extinguished at sunrise, the red flashing light is visible about fifty kilometers away.”*

SEE ALSO

BIRDS ISLAND

Île aux Oiseaux is a wild place located in the heart of the Basin. You can admire it from the waterfront. But also, you can approach it by taking place on board boats that go around it.

CAP FERRET

Cap Ferret faces Arcachon. Its beaches, its beautiful houses and its emblematic lighthouse. Nestled in the heart of the pines, the tip is a place very popular with tourists and locals.

ARCHITECTURE

The Landes and Arcachonnaises houses are typical. So much so that when you walk from Arcachon to Cap Ferret, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the beauty and uniqueness of these buildings, unique in France.

DIVING IN THE POOL

During your stay, why not take a boat tour of the Bassin d’Arcachon? In order to discover the hidden beauties of this unique place, or even on a jet-ski? Come dive into an extraordinary place…

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