This Is The New Paris—Here’s Why You Should Visit

Paris may be the City of Light, but in-the-know travelers are skipping it altogether and instead booking a trip to a chic fishing village (yes, really) near Bordeaux called Cap Ferret. Not to be confused with Cap Ferrat (the blingy locale on the French Riviera where the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been known to party), Cap Ferret is an idyllic French village that’s at once wistful and glamorous. In other words, it’s the kind of place you holiday (not “take a vacation”).

“Cap Ferret is France’s version of Cape Cod—it likes to think of itself as a quaint fishing village, but it’s actually got a specific, if diminutive, glamour to it,” says Javier Cedillo-Espin, travel expert and CEO of Onefinestay. “It’s an hour’s drive west of Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast and is known as France’s oyster capital; it’s a place for people who like food, art and privacy. For Onefinestay, it’s a rising star in our booming portfolio of French destinations, and it attracts regulars who mingle with local fisherman, ride bikes and windsurf, go oyster-tasting and relax in the sun. It’s quintessentially French, refined and inspiring, but feels much more like a holiday than Paris.” Here, your guide to this dreamy locale.

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