This unique slip of land, miraculously protected from over-development, has long been famous for its simple pleasures, which is why everyone – the stylish Bordelais, the Parisian beau monde and sun-chasing international holidaymakers – come here to unwind. No jet-skis, revving fancy sports cars or private beach club table dancing. The essence of Cap Ferret is its low-key, back-to-nature appeal – a landscape of surfers, paddle-boarders, dusty four-wheel-drives, and bicycles that wind through fragrant pine forests and the narrow paths of its 11 small villages. Come sunset, everyone flocks to the driftwood beach bars, Cap Ferret’s celebrated oyster shacks which have been around since the time of Napoleon III. No need to dress up, it’s all espadrilles and loose, sea-sprayed hair – even in the evenings beige Bermuda shorts and striped sailor jerseys are de rigueur. It’s no wonder Cap Ferret inspired Caudalie’s sun-kissed beauty collection. Here’s how its suncare products come into their own in the most beautiful places on Cap Ferret.
Cap Ferret Market
The 25km-long peninsula is a stroller’s dream, with a string of lovely rustic villages to explore. Grab your straw basket before the late-morning rush and head over to Cap Ferret Market, a hub of activity where high-profile regulars such as Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet wander through undisturbed and locals converge to shoot the breeze over noon glasses of crisp white wine. There’s a lot to tempt you here: freshly caught fish, rows of glossy vegetables, fruit and flowers, plus a mouth-watering array of cheeses, all in the covered section. Browse through the colourful maze of outdoor stands – a jumble of high-quality summer finery – and scoop up the essentials for the Cap Ferret look: soft cotton T-shirts, Liberty-print-style floral blouses and hippie-chic jewellery.
Protect your skin from the midday sun on beach holidays like this with Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF50. The non-sticky, alcohol-free sun cream is suitable for the most sensitive skin (Caudalie’s suncare range does not contain octinoxate and octocrylene filters, which can cause irritation) and is the ultimate all-day sun armour, with the added bonus of smelling delicious from floral and coconut notes. Claim a free sample at the bottom of this page.
Plage des Americains and Plage de l’Horizon
With its appealing mix of ocean and calm basin waters, Cap Ferret may be a magnet for the summertime crowd, but you can still sneak away to secret inlets and wild stretches of deserted sand. Among the most inviting is Plage des Américains (named after the US naval base set up here during World War I) – a lovely wind-sheltered little beach tucked behind a pine forest between the villages of La Vigne and Cap Ferret. The bronzed and the beautiful picnic here to soak up the golden afternoon rays. For die-hard surfers or body-surfer enthusiasts, Plage de l’Horizon, situated at the entrance of Cap Ferret village, is a true water-sports haven.
Inspired by Cap Ferret’s glassy waters, Caudalie’s Milky Sun Spray SPF50 gently protects during sun-soaked action in the sea and on unspoiled beaches. The brand’s steadfast approach to SPF is admirable, advising beach-goers to reapply every two hours, as are its environmental efforts – Caudalie’s Ocean Protect suncare range avoids oxybenzone and octinoxate filters, which are known to be toxic for marine life.
Chez Hortense restaurant, La Cabane d’Hortense and Le Pinasse Cafe
Renowned for its mussels (a long-guarded secret recipe with bread and ham stuffing), waterside Chez Hortense, at the tip of the cape, is a family-run institution headed by fourth-generation proprietor Bernadette Lescarret, who hosts government bigwigs, film stars and holidaying boho-chic Parisian families. The style code: simple and dressed down. Highlights include fresh grilled fish, prawns and the copious plates of blade-thin fries. Come sunset, a stylish set come to this green and white shack-style restaurant for the sweeping views from the terrace. Over by the oyster huts is its more casual littler sister La Cabane d’Hortense, or on-the-beach hotspot Le Pinasse Café, serving up generous platters of shellfish to be shared among friends on balmy nights.
After a long day in the sun, let Caudalie’s Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 do all the work – keeping your skin nourished and hydrated while you tuck into a seafood feast. Enriched with the brand’s trademark anti-ageing complex of grape-seed polyphenols, it protects skin from premature ageing and free-radical damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. Keep it in your bag for those long lunches or sundown moments when terraces become a sun trap and an SPF oil feels the more sophisticated alternative to lathering on sun cream.
La Chapelle de la Villa Algerienne and Le Sail Fish restaurant
No one leaves Cap Ferret without a visit to La Chapelle de la Villa Algérienne in the village of l’Herbe, a beautiful orange-and-white-striped Moorish church built in 1885 by entrepreneur Léon Lesca after he returned from Algeria. And when the sun goes down, the scene heats up at friendly oceanside nightspot Le Sail Fish. This popular upscale restaurant, with white tablecloths and classic wood-grilled meat and seafood, morphs into an informal club that goes on until late. Cap Ferret’s sun-seekers wear their tans much like their espadrilles and linen shirts – with low-key allure.
Caudalie’s new Tan Prolonging After-Sun Lotion gets the brief, gently nourishing and prolonging sun-kissed skin for up to two weeks with organic coconut oil and grape water.