79,06 km cycling loop from Andernos les Bains
This 77-kilometre bike tour, which you can take as you wish, allows you to discover the emblematic places of the Bay of Arcachon: the pier at Andernos-les-Bains, the port at Audenge, the port at Biganos, the « Pointe aux Chevaux », the Ornithological Reserve at Le Teich ... and many other places besides.
Points d'intérêts :
Oyster farming villages and ports
Get off the cycle paths and discover the oyster ports and villages.
La Teste de Buch, Gujan-Mestras, the town of seven ports and oyster capital of the Bay of Arcachon, Biganos, Andernos, Arès....
Don't miss the village of Lège-Cap-Ferret.
Colourful huts, where oyster farming professionals invite you to taste.
Discover also many natural spaces during your journey:
On your cycle loop around the Bassin d'Arcachon between Le Teich and Andernos you enter the territory of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park.
This vast forest territory with its preserved environment covers a large part of the pine forest of the Landes de Gascogne massif which gave it its name and extends from the Bassin d'Arcachon, in the Pays de Buch, to the south of the « Grande Lande ». The Leyre River, which stretches for 100 km, crosses this forest before flowing into the Basin. The « Landes de Gascogne » were classified as a Regional Nature Park in 1970.
In this environment, the « Maison de la Nature du Bassin d'Arcachon » and the « Réserve Ornithologique du Teich » invite you to discover:
Every year, thousands of migratory birds stop over in the heart of the 110 hectare reserve. The Reserve can accommodate up to 260 different species of birds throughout the year, 80 of which nest on site.
You can visit the Ornithological Reserve of Le Teich on foot along a 2.5 km or 6 km loop trail. 20 closed observation huts and 4 elevated viewpoints are located along this trail and allow for better observation conditions.
Bicycles are not allowed inside the reserve. The Maison de la Nature du Bassin d'Arcachon, at the entrance to the Ornithological Reserve, is a recognised ecotourism site. It offers many activities throughout the year, including guided tours by bike, on foot and even by canoe.
The Domaine de Certes-et-Graveyron, property of the Conservatoire du littoral, is a unique natural area of 530 hectares, which is located on the Bay of Arcachon in the communes of Audenge and Lanton. The confrontation between fresh and salt water has an effect on nature, but also on man, who has shaped the landscape to the rhythm of his economic activities. Dyked salt meadows, salt marshes, fish breeding ponds...
The estate is open every day. It is accessible to all.
Park your bike at the entrance. Pedestrian access is the only safe and authorized access. You can choose between 2 walking tours.
Free guided tours are organised from April to November with the naturalist guides of the Conseil Général de la Gironde.
Sarah Bernhardt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Jean Cocteau have all stayed in this resort which today has the longest pier in France (232m), classified as a natural area, with a panorama like no other: Île aux Oiseaux, Arcachon, Cap Ferret lighthouse. Saint-Eloi church from the 11th century, Gallo-Roman remains from the 4th century, numerous Arcachon-style villas, oyster port with a small oyster museum, the natural site of Les Quinconces-Saint-Brice-Le Coulin, the oyster festival and a renowned jazz festival during the summer, a host of activities are available to you!
The National Nature Reserve of the salt meadows of d’Arès and Lège-Cap-Ferret
The salt meadows of Arès and Lège-Cap-Ferret is a natural reserve which extends today on a surface of 496 hectares, one of the vastest extents of all the New Aquitaine region. It is home to several exceptional species of plants and animals. To discover them, opt for a guided tour. A nature guide will share his passion for all these treasures.
Access from the oyster port of Arès or from the Cabane du Résinier in Lège-Cap-Ferret - the wild paths of the Prés Salés are only accessible on foot.
An escape to the Dune de Pilat is a must.
The « Grand Site de la Dune » de Pilat is a protected natural area of 6875 ha. Let yourself be overwhelmed by its magic.
As soon as you arrive, you will be impressed by its size (nearly 110m high, 3 km long and millions of m3 of fine sand).
A monument of 40 centuries of history and in perpetual movement under the action of the wind and the tides! Climb to the top from the steps installed from Easter to All Saints' Day or, for the more courageous, by the sand. At the top, you'll enjoy an exceptional panorama, revealing the wonders of the basin: the Banc d'Arguin, the forest, the Cap-Ferret lighthouse...
Tip: Access to the Dune is free if you come on foot or by bike