Mountain Biking

Basecamp is ideally situated beside the nature preserve with sand and paved trails for 60 kilometres direct to the beach and all the way to the point of the cape. For the hardcore enthusiast, there are pathways and  roadways around the bassin d'Arcachon. We have 4 mountain bikes available to borrow on a first come first served basis,as well as several bike rental providers further into the cape. 

 

Nature Photography

Occasionally, we are lucky enough to spot whales in the spring, and in the summer months, we have a local celebrity sea lion affectionately named Phoque you,  that drops in to woo the girls on the beach with his love calls and charming good looks. Not far off shore is a local natural sand bar we call Birds Island. Cabanas on pilings dot the island and the sea birds flock there to feast on the oysters, crabs, and mussels that get left behind.

 

Forest Hiking

Paved pathways crisscrossing the cape back and forth to the beaches and villages. Wildlife encounters are possible with deer, wild boar, fox, hedgehogs, squirrels, and at the bird sanctuary further into the cape. Excellent way to beat the heat is a long walk under the shade of the pines. The photo opportunities along the way and a sunset picnic might just have you saying 'wow' for the rest of the evening.

 

The Way

Marked by seashells in brass and pastel clay sculpture, embedded in the sidewalks and on buildings, devotees, hikers, and pilgrims walk The Way of St James the French Way, or EL Camino de Santiago en Espagnol. A part of the pilgrimage to the Shrine of ST James stretches past our little area from the lesser known coastal path by way of Nantes. Our Maison d'Hote is a good place to overnight on the way through.

 

 
 
 
 
Trails Lead to the Sand

Trails Lead to the Sand

Path Marker for The Way of ST James via Nantes Coastal Rt.

Path Marker for The Way of ST James via Nantes Coastal Rt.

Foret des Landes de Gascogne

Foret des Landes de Gascogne

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