25 Mar Explore the Arcachon Bay by bike
When spring arrives, bike rides are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of sunny days and explore the sites of the Arcachon Basin. As a family, as a couple or with friends, explore the magnificent landscapes of the Basin thanks to the numerous bicycle circuits that will make you appreciate the beauty of the landscapes of Arcachon and Lège-Cap-Ferret.
Discover the Arcachon seafront cycling circuit! An easy 5 km route for around thirty minutes, which goes through La Halle, the Quai du Patrimoine and the Thiers Pier. Ideal for family outings with young children, this circuit offers a walk along the coast, from La Halle to the Port of Arcachon, passing through the Quai du Patrimoine, and ends on the Thiers Pier.
For the more curious, go on a bike excursion to discover Arcachon! The medium difficulty circuit offers a 16km course for 2 hours to discover the emblematic places of the municipalities of Arcachon and La Teste de Buch. You will pass by the seafront, favorite place for lovers of nature and the promenade, the magnificent Port d’Arcachon, the Moulleau district where the surprising church perched on a dune stands, the Winter City with its magnificent villas and its breathtaking view of the Basin, Les Prés Salés an unusual place to observe migratory birds and taste some oysters, and finally the oyster port of La Teste de Buch.
Finally, for the most successful and the most athletic among you, you can take advantage of the Arcachon cycle paths to get to the Dune du Pilat by mountain bike with a 25 km circuit. Allow around two hours to complete this cycle route, ideal for sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and cycling enthusiasts. This route will first take you through the Halles d’Arrcachon, then the La Teste de Buch market where you can stock up on your last supplies. Following a short stop at the market, you will pass by the splendid natural forest of La Teste which runs along the coast and after 5 km you will reach the Dune du Pilat which gives a magnificent view over the whole Basin, the Pointe du Cap Ferret as well than the pine forest. And finally, you will end the route in the Moulleau district, a seaside resort where you can visit the surrounding beaches and enjoy the seafood restaurants.
The circuits of Lège-Cap-Ferret
Discover Cap Ferret with the bike circuit from Lège to Grand Crohot, it is a medium-difficulty route of 25 km which takes about two hours. The circuit begins with the Lège Bourg, then the Cabin du Résinier where you can discover the salt meadows, and ends at the Crohot – Océan crossroads and the splendid ocean beach.
Take advantage of a bicycle excursion to get to Pointe du Cap Ferret from the Bélisaire Pier! A 10 km bike circuit for an hour’s ride, perfect for outings with family, couples and friends! The route begins at the Bélisaire Pier, passes through the panorama of Mimbeau, then the fishermen’s district where you can stop for a few moments to let yourself be tempted by the oyster platters of the region. Then, you will arrive at the Pointe du Cap Ferret, a magical place at the end of the Arcachon Basin, and landmark for migratory birds, you will not regret this step! Finally, the route ends at the Cap Ferret Lighthouse where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the waves and the Ocean, and for the bravest, some will reach the top of the lighthouse after climbing the 258 steps.
On the other hand, a less easy circuit for groups of friends or sporty couples, with an average difficulty of 18 km for a good two hours of bike ride! The start starts at Claouey and ends at the Ocean. Thus, the route goes through the Croix de Pierre, one of the most surprising viewpoints on the Basin, then the Pointe aux Chevaux where you can admire Île aux Oiseaux then the Crohot Noir – Océan crossroads and finally you will finish your walk in the pine forest to the crossroads of Mailloulas – Forêt.
Finally, don’t forget that taking a bike ride in the Arcachon Basin circuits requires good preparation. Prepare bottles of water, a good sunscreen and a good dose of energy to face the roughest but oh so superb circuits of the Basin!