Things to Do in La Faute sur Mer

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  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,584 contributions
    This former oyster cultivation area is located at the far (southern) end of the peninsula, and can be reached by car or, in our case, walking along the pedestrian walk (sentier pedestre "le littoral fautais - well marked) that takes you from one end of the peninsula to the other. Birdwatching opportunities, and with some informative panels identifying the birds, fish, and the type of work involved with oyster cultivation. Nice observation point to overlook the area, across the bay as well as towards the point d'Arcay. The blackberries were just maturing, so many kids (and adults) doing some harvesting on the paths - amazing number of blackberry bushes. Worth a visit, particularly at low tide to see just how low it goes in the bay. Old machinery should interest the kids, and there are enough birds to make it into an enjoyable nature walk as well.
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,584 contributions
    The appearance of the five beaches at La Faute (Grande, Belugas, Chardons, Barriques, and Pointe d'Arcay) changes dramatically over the course of the day, based on the tides - the low tide gradually uncovers the bouchot mussel wooden poles that seem to emerge from the bay - but they do not really interfere with the other activities going on. Both Grande and Belugas have small snack shops that operate at least past sunset - Chardons and Barrique may also have snack bars but we did not check. Pointe d'Arcay is a beach where nudity is "tolerated" - for the most part they are discreet - and there is a very interesting walk that begins at Barrique Plage that goes all the way (6 km one way) to the Pointe d'Arcay itself - a walk in which the last 3 kms have to be done within a five hour period coinciding with low tide - and that walk passes by the Pointe d'Arcay beach. At low tide, in the area of Barrique and Pointe D'Arcay beaches and south, we saw a number of people horseback riding and "sand sailing." There are bathrooms close to the parking lots - some of which are close to the dunes which lead out to the beaches but others, such as the one close to the Barrique plage - Les Amourettes - is located about a block away from the dunes. There are bicycle paths identified (and on asphalt) along the dunes (but not directly onto the beach) which also are used by joggers. Very good pamphlets available at the local tourist offices - including descriptions of walks to take in La Faute and in L'Aiguillon sur Mer.
    Written June 20, 2019
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  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,584 contributions
    A great place to enjoy at sunset, with magnificent views, particularly with a low tide that gradually shows the bouchot mussel poles emerging throughout the bay. Also a snack bar that remains open after sunset with prices that were not terribly inflated. Very comfortable wooden benches have been recently installed that provide a place to rest off the sand, with a good view of the beach and the bay.
    Written July 30, 2019
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  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,584 contributions
    There is a particularly interesting walk (6 km each way) to the Pointe d'Arcay because the final part can be accomplished for a limited time each day – from 2 ½ hours before to 2 ½ hours after low tide. This is because the rising tide will cover some of the path. For the most part you just follow the beach - including the Naturist Beach - but by the time you get to the 4km mark the beach begins to narrow, and that is where one could get stuck at high tide. We made it only to that part when we saw the tide rising but it was quite enjoyable to take this hike even to there. What is fascinating as well is that, unlike what seems to be the case in most other waterfront areas, the dry land here seems to be increasing in size rather than decreasing, so it is likely that at some point this path will increase in length. In any event, to get back to the Plage Naturiste - the Naturists are used to hikers taking this walk - it is featured by the local tourist office - and they are quite discreet in any case. For the most part they sunbathe behind umbrellas or screens just over the top of the first dune above the beach, but remember that this is a beach where they have the right to be Naturists, so do not be surprised if you encounter them.
    To take this hike, park (if you have a vehicle) at the Parking Les Amourettes, and follow the signs to the Sentier. It is a bit confusing because you initially find yourself in a housing area, but if you wind around a bit to the right, you will see a small path that leads to the beach. (Take a look at the attached photos). And do better than we did - make it all the way to the end!
    Written July 30, 2019
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  • Marshall B
    Ferney-Voltaire, France3,584 contributions
    This is the first time that we have tried this trail "officially" - it appears to have linked up various paths and trails that we have used in the past. Now it goes a full 13 kms in a loop around the peninsula. We started it from the forest (on the ocean side), walked to the old oyster growing area, then back towards the town on the bayside. On a different occasion we started at the center of town and headed along the oceanfront for a couple of kms before it turned to go back towards the bay. The only "danger" is that it is open to bikes as well, but there are signs that pedestrians have priority.... well, in most cases there are separate paths. An interesting aspect of the trail - you see several WW II era artillery positions that have not been removed - in one case it has been turned into an orientation post for tourists! And beautiful sunsets, particularly on the part that parallels the Réserve naturelle nationale de la casse de la Belle-Henriette.
    Written July 31, 2021
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