Sprawling across the Cap Ferret peninsula, Lege-Cap-Ferret comprises 10 villages, dense pine forests and windswept beaches in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwest France. It’s home to the landmark lighthouse of Cap Ferret and the surf breaks of Le Grand Crohot and located on the doorstep of the Médoc vineyards and the city of Bordeaux.
Things to do in Lège-Cap-Ferret
You can base yourself in the beachside village of Le Grand Crohot, which overlooks a wide stretch of sand overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s a popular surfing destination, with the Surf School du Grand Crohot offering board rentals and surf lessons. A walking trail connects from the beach to the village centre, where you’ll find the restaurant of La Madrague and the Sealife cafe.
If you’re interested in Lege-Cap-Ferret’s maritime history, pay a visit to Le Phare du Cap Ferret, a red-and-white lighthouse that offers panoramic views across the peninsula from its observation deck. Historic nautical charts and interactive marine exhibits occupy the lighthouse, which was originally built in 1840. The remains of wartime bunkers are also visible near the base of the lighthouse.
At the most southerly point of the peninsula is the Pointe du Cap Ferret, a wooded viewpoint that overlooks the immense Dune du Pilat across the waters of Arcachon Bay. You can stretch your legs along one of the scenic walking trails that hug the cape or kick back on the pristine sands of Plage Cap Ferret.
Getting around Lège-Cap-Ferret
Lege-Cap-Ferret is about a one-hour drive from Bordeaux and 40 minutes from Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Having your own vehicle is the most convenient way of getting to and around Lege-Cap-Ferret.