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La Pointe Beach, Cap Ferret

Listed under Beaches in South West, France.

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On the very edge of Cap Ferret, is the beach called 'La Pointe', the sandy expanse of which gets so buffeted by the winds and waves that tree trunk pillars have been hammered into it to help hold the beach together – the science of how this works in unclear, but apparently over the last 30 years around 400 metres worth of sandy beach has been lost from this coastline. Behind the flat beach at La Pointe are the dunes, which is where some of the sand ends up. Beyond that is more wild coastline and on the other side of the beach is the Atlantic. There's no main road along this stretch of coast, just long thin stretches of pines and small villages living off oysters.

Cap Ferret is close enough for Bordelais to drive down for the day – so as you sit in your oyster hut right on the beach eating oysters shucked straight out of the waters it's accompanied by a superb selection of local wines.

Written by  Jade Cabbot.

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