The Cap Ferret :

phare cap ferret

Cap-Ferret Lighthouse



25 kms of ocean beaches running along the dunes – 9 harbours and oyster farming villages  – 7000 ha of forest.

Without a doubt it’s from the top of the  Cap-Ferret Lighthouse (258 steps) that you can admire a stunning 360°view of the peninsula, the Dune du Pilat and the Bassin.




The Dune du Pilat :

paysage du Cap-Ferret.

View of the Dune du Pilat from Cap-Ferret


109 metres high – 2700 metres long – 500 metres wide – Over 1 000 000 visitors per year

The Dune du Pilat: the highest sand dune in Europe

Classed as a national heritage site , the highest sand dune in Europe at 109 metres is situated in the heart of the Landes de Gascogne forest just south of the Bassin d’Arcachon.

From the summit , a super panoramic view of the Bassin d’Arcachon awaits you  !




L’ile aux oiseaux:

boat arcachon bay5 kms in circumference at high tide  – 16kms at low tide – 165 ha at high tide – 1700 ha at low tide.

L’ile aux oiseaux, a symbol of the Bassin d’Arcachon:

A listed natural site , l’ile aux Oiseaux is well known for its cabins on stilts become a emblem of the Bassin d’Arcachon.

Wild and preserved, the island is populated by a multitude of birds (egrets, sandpipers, larks, ducks … etc).

Enjoy a boat tour of  l’ile au Oiseaux , narrated by UBA (Union des Bateliers Arcachonnais), leaving from Arcachon and  Cap Ferret, and in high season from Andernos-les-Bains.

Excursion duration : 1h45

Information and prices  05 57 72 28 28 or on Union des Bateliers Arcachonais  website.


Natural reserve of the Près salés :

Listed as a natural reserve in 1983 – 495 ha of natural reserve – Nearly 150 different  bird species

The Près salés natural reserve and the rich fauna and flora of the Bassin d’Arcachon

Discover the rich fauna and flora of this protected  natural salt flat reserve.

Guided tours help you discover the bio deversity of the exceptionel natural reserve , activities are also available for children.

Information and reservation with Arès Tourist office web site or  05 56 60 18 07