SUMMER LIFESTYLE GUIDE: CAP FERRET
You don't need spa or shopping addresses for dreamy, laid-back holidays on the Cap Ferret peninsula. Rather, good taste rimes with chaste, so gather together your espadrilles, cool shades, well-worn cut-offs, your most flattering (and chic) one piece...and - most importantly - those friends with a boat.
From the fishing village of Le Four to the Horizon beach, from the Mimbeau to the Truc Vert, here are our top 10 sports and lifestyle addresses. For active women, epicures and those who are both.
CAP-FERRET PADDLING CLUB
Head to Toe
Want to develop a strong core while also discovering the villages on the bay from a calm sea, the perfect meeting point is Boulevard de la Plage. Just two minutes away from the pier, the paddling club is open from June to September, everyday at high tide. The sport provides a great workout taking place between the ships and the oyster beds, across from the Pyla sand dune... Don't miss a post-paddle treat in the form of a classic cannelé on the Lighthouse Beach.
Paddle Cap Ferret, Boulevard de la Plage, Rue des Goélands, Lège Cap-Ferret
CAP-FERRET SURF CLUB
Well, locals would say that summer months are not the best ones for surfing. But if you want to test your first waves or just get back in shape, these soft breaks provide a great opportunity. The classes last 2 hours and alternate theory on the sand, practice in the water, appreciation for the elements and surroundings, plus, of course security and priority rules.
Surf Club de la Presqu’île, Route Forestière du Crohot, 33950 Lège Cap Ferret
CAP-FERRET RIDING CLUB
If you dream of canters on the beach, walks in the forest, or if you just want to get back on the saddle in a pretty sand arena, you'll love the Cap Ferret Riding Club. Mounts are safe, coaches are careful and the facilities pleasant. Kid friendly pony rides with parental guidance available, too.
Centre équestre Lège Cap-Ferret, Avenue du Milan, Le Truc Vert, 33950 Lège Cap-Ferret
Satnam on the Beach
Not your every day kundalini class. Nirmalbir Kaur teaches beachfront, guided by the rhythm of the waves with a focus on breathing and meditation. Classes are open to everyone. A great way to get away.
We can't imagine a better viewpoint to admire the highest dune in Europe, the Banc d'Arguin, the pines and the bay than via paragliding. Make an appointment at La Teste-Du-Buch to fly over the Pyla dune through one of 2 options: a soft contemplative flight for the most sensible ones, et a more sporty one, with higher speeds, for thrill seekers. And they guarantee that you won't feel vertigo from up there.
Pyla Parapente chez Mesnard, Plage du Petit Nice
33115 La Teste-de-Buch
THE MOGADOR VILLA
There's No Place Like (Almost) Home
Located on the dunes of the Piquey village, walking distance to the ocean via Avenue du Truc Vert and 2 minutes away from the bay and village boutiques, the Mogador villa offers the comfort and amenities of a summer house in a 5 room guest house with warm yet modern design. Both suites - the Mimbeau and the Dunes - have a view of the swimming pool and are open all year long, except during July and August. Spa services and bike rentals available as well. We never want to leave.
La villa Mogador, 22 Allée Calypso, 33950 Lège Cap-Ferret
An institution to return to time and time again, Chez Hortense serves sole, mussels, oysters that even your Cordon-Bleu caliber granny would not decline. Wooden tables and blue Vichy table mats keep things simple; it's the view of the Pyla dune and the cuisine served by Bernadette, the famous owner, that set the standards high. Chez Hortense won't be the most romantic address of your summer, nor the most confidential one, but it's nevertheless a delight.
PASCAL'S WHITE DUNES
We all have our own Proust madeleine souvenir, that treat that tastes like summer...Here, the biggest craze are cream filled puffed pastries, in particular the "dune blanche" (white dune). Everyday, throngs of vacationers wait in line in front of Pascal's bakery to buy them by the dozen. Chez Pascal is located in Piquey, in the village of Canon, and also available at the Cap Ferret farmer's market. But be warned: go at your own risk, the fall from the wellness wagon is likely and the addiction level is high. Shout out as well to Piquey Dunes - the same choux filled with raspberry, toffee, almond croquant or chocolate.
Chez Pascal, 46, Route du Cap Ferret, Grand Piquey
BOAT TRIP ON A CHALAND
The Dock of the Bay
A great way to discover Bird Island, the cabins on stilts ("cabanes tchanquées) and watch the water from the bay flowing into the ocean. Renting a chaland, classic wooden oyster-farming boats, allows a leisurely trip along the water to discover villages and peep at the the dreamy architects' houses on the dunes. The best option is to rent the boat at sunset, depending on the tide schedule, and enjoy a gigantic seafood platter on the deck, relaxed in your chaise longue with a glass of rosé. Always one of our favorite holiday moments.
Balade sur un chaland, 190 route du Cap-Ferret, 33950 Lège Cap-Ferret
LES PIEDS DANS L’EAU
Stuck in the 60s
This small cabin, still relatively removed from tourist circuit, is the perfect place for that first summer break dinner. Le Four is one of the most confidential fishing villages of the peninsula, and the calm, smiling owner Hubert and the fresh, local specialties will make this a night to remember. Dress code: straight from the beach!
Les Pieds dans L’eau, Cabane 13, Le Four, 33950 Lège Cap-Ferret