For a gentle start to your exploration of Arcachon cycle routes, your tour of the bay begins with a 30-minute boat ride! The Union des Bateliers Arcachonnais (UBA) operates daily ferries from the Jetée Thiers pier in Arcachon to the Jetée de Bélisaire on Cap Ferret. Once you get off the ferry at the cape, head to the tip of Cap Ferret on bike.
While you’re down at the southern end of Cap Ferret, it’s a great opportunity to have lunch. You’ll fall in love with the unique decor of the restaurant Chez Hortense. On the menu, you’ll find fish and other seafood. You’ll also get spectacular views of the Dune du Pilat.
From there, you can take in an exceptional panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay, and the famous Dune du Pilat. For an even better view, rise above it all by climbing the 258 steps of the Cap Ferret lighthouse, located 2 km north of Chez Hortense.
Heading north, you’ll travel across the length of the cape and discover a number of charming oyster farms in the shade of pine trees. You won’t want to miss the hamlets of L’Herbe and Le Canon, which are the cape’s most typical communities. Introduce your children to oyster farming and have them try this very special delicacy.
After that, along the way, you can stop at Chez Pascal bakery to try the famous dune blanche (white dune), a sweet speciality of Lège-Cap-Ferret! To finish your first day on this Atlantic coast bicycle route, settle in at the Camping Brémontier, an Accueil Vélo (Cyclists Welcome) campsite.