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Beautiful destination that 'has the great taste of summer holidays' and nobody knows about


A beautiful European destination has the “great taste of summer holidays” and nobody knows about it.

Lège-Cap-Ferret is an area in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, France. On the southwest coast, it includes a handful of villages and lots of beaches.

It has been included in a list of the best places to travel in Europe this year by European Best Destinations, alongside Batumi in Georgia and Ponza Island in Italy.

The travel site described it as a place where “everything has the great taste of summer holidays – from the freshness of fish to mouth-watering ice cream or the white wine accompanying your seafood”.

“There are no shopping centres, just small boulevards lined with fashion boutiques with their pretty dresses and linen shirts to bring home as souvenirs of an unforgettable holiday in the southwest of France.”

There are popular markets selling fresh local produce including fruit and veg, seafood and fish, meat and charcuteries, bread, cakes and pastries. There is also a village which specialises in oysters.

Beautiful sandy beaches overlook Archanon Bay, once beloved by the nobility for its combination of sea and pine air. The basin offers incredible architectural heritage and beautiful villas in different styles.

Lège-Cap-Ferret was likened to the Côte d’Azur by Conde Nast Traveller – but “without the bling and the desperate exhibitionism” – and Europe’s answer to America’s Martha’s Vineyard – “exclusive, isolated, rather fine”.

Cap-Ferret, a destination the French would prefer to keep to themselves, is not yet well known to the international traveller, making it perfect for a quiet getaway.

The area has a nice average summer temperature, with highs of 25C and lows of 17C. In winter, this drops to highs of 10C and lows of 5C.

Those wishing to visit Lège-Cap-Ferret can fly into Bordeaux Bristol, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester. There are a number of places to stay in the area, from hotels to holiday lets.

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