What to see and do from Les Viviers
Take a leisurely few hours to explore the beauty of Cap Ferret, on foot or by bike. Wander along Bélisaire pier, enjoy the area's unparalleled oyster tasting, or gaze into the horizon at ‘La Pointe’ (the very tip of Cap Ferret). If you’re not too intimidated by the thought of hiking up 258 steps, you can also climb to the top of the legendary Cap Ferret lighthouse where a breath-taking view over the coast awaits you.
As well as having its own private lakeside beach on-park, Les Viviers is also perfectly situated for visiting the a range of other stunning beaches in the area. Enjoy watersports and swimming in the calmer waters of Arcachon Bay or, if you're looking for bigger waves, head to the nearby beaches of the Atlantic coast.
Atlantic Coast Beaches/Resorts
Plage du Truc Vert: 3.9 miles/6.3km: 10 minute drive
Plage de la Torchère: 6.7 miles/ 10.8 km: 15 minute drive
Lacanau Océan: 25 miles/ 40 km: 44 minute drive
Activites and places not to miss
Sitting on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is considered the Wine Capital of the World and you’ll certainly find lots of wine bars and cafés to sample these fine wines. Famous chateaux are dotted around the outskirts of Bordeaux and wine tasting in the leafy Pessac Léognan region is well worth a trip. Central Bordeaux is easy to walk around with lots of pedestrianised and cobbled streets. Did you know that Bordeaux also has the largest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe! Stroll along the quays, take a boat trip along the Garonne and enjoy the stunning 18th century architecture which has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The water mirroir just opposite the Place de la Bourse is a must-do; kids will love running around and cooling down here on a hot summers day.
Archachon is a real carrefour between town and beach, where you can go shopping and stroll down to the beach to soak up the rays within minutes. What you’ll notice about this town are its grandiose houses, created in ode to the Victorian style.
Arcachon is simply studded with oyster bars and restaurants offering seafood fresh off the boat, so you certainly won’t be searching too far for a great meal, set against the superb tranquil waters of the Bassin.
It is a great hopping off point for catamaran tours around the Bassin, on which you can visit oyster farms and nearby fishing towns such as Bird Island. Don’t forget to hop onto a boat to see the chic coastal town of Cap Ferret just opposite, or the superb views at Dune du Pilat.
Dune du Pilat
37 miles south of Bordeaux, this is the highest sand dune in Europe, at 100m. From the summit you are rewarded with spectacular views of the ocean, Arcachon Bay, and on clear days even the Pyrenees Mountains. Parasailing is popular here and you’ll appreciate the little bars and restaurants at the bottom of the Dune.
Cap Ferret is an elegant seaside town just opposite Arcachon, and just 15 minutes away from the town via boat during the summer months. Another great choice for seafood meals overlooking the sea and lazy town strolls. There’s a cute little lighthouse worth a look too, which provides panoramic views of the Bassin as well as the Atlantic.
The Médoc Grands Crus
The Médoc is well-known for its fine wine, so a trip to the South West is the perfect excuse for you to sample the greatest of the red stuff at its best-known appellations, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux... Your holiday won’t get any more French than this!
Home to Europe’s oldest surf club and the yearly Lacanau Pro surfing competition, this popular seaside town is also a great place to try taking to the Atlantic waves for the first time under the expert instruction of one of the area’s many surf schools. The long sandy beaches are equally popular with swimmers and sunbathers.
For adrenaline junkies there are loads of adventurous ways to explore the beautiful Arcachon Bay. Companies like ArcaJetMarine based in Archachon itself offer a range of activities, from jetski rental and tours to flyboarding and tubing.
Just a five minute walk from Les Viviers, you’ll find Le parc de loisirs du Four. There are a range of sporting activities on offer here but perhaps the most exciting is the treetop adventure course. See the world from a whole different perspective as you swing through the heights of the pine forest!
Aqualand Bassin d'Arcachon Waterpark
Love the Siblu waterslides? Ready to take the splashtastic fun to the next level? Check out the region’s biggest waterpark! Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon is a great choice for a day out of fun and adrenaline for all the family.
'Kid Parc' Amusement Parks
A day out at at one of the two 'Kid Parcs' in the nearby town of Gujan-Mestras is bound to go down well with younger family members. Rides, animals, paddling pools and more are on the programmme at 'La Coccinelle' and 'Ile d'Aventures'.
Parasailing over Arcachon Bay
Reach new heights and get amazing views of Cap Ferret by taking a parasailing trip over Arcachon Bay. Companies like ‘Glisse en Herbe’, based in Cap Ferret, offer you the chance to experience this unique parasailing tour either individually or in groups of two or three.