Arcachon Bay is a fragile, engaging natural environment in perpetual motion, subject to the wrath of the ocean and human whims. This formidable nature reservoir, crisscrossed with pathways, is actually a mesotidal lagoon (with a tidal range of one to six metres) 70 kilometres from Bordeaux, surrounded by a dozen picturesque villages and towns.
Before starting your tour, begin by admiring the scenery from the Dune du Pilat, from which the view is spectacular: on one side the green of the pine forest, with its 2,400 hectares of Landes, the other, bluish monochrome ocean, the golden slopes of the Banc d'Arguin and the silhouette of Cap Ferret and its lighthouse. Climb up the highest dune in Europe along the ridge and head back to the beachfront. Then take a boat ride from Arcachon and the coastal villages around the Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island) to discover the wooden huts on stilts, typical of the region. Called “cabanes tchanquées”, they are today, along with the Dune du Pilat, the emblem of the Bay.
Arcachon tourist office
Esplanade Georges Pompidou
+33 (0)5 57 52 97 97