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The Must-do’s of Arcachon Bay


The Must-do’s of Arcachon Bay

Voici quelques activités à découvrir à Arcachon et lieux insolites pour un week-end parfait sur le bassin, vous pourrez apprécier pleinement son atmosphère unique et repartir avec des souvenirs mémorables! 

The Majestic Dune du Pilat

Captivating the gaze and imagination of all who are fortunate enough to behold it, you've surely heard of the Dune du Pilat, nestled in the French Atlantic coast, overlooking the charming region of Arcachon.

Dominating the landscape with its 110 meters in height and stretching nearly 3 kilometers in length, the Dune du Pilat offers breath-taking views of Arcachon Bay on one side and the lush pine forest on the other. Every year, thousands of visitors climb its golden sand slopes to reach its summit, where a breath-taking panorama awaits. To reach the top, you can either wisely but sportively take the stairs or unleash your inner adventurer and attempt to climb it alone, for an intense experience filled with effort and laughter!

But the Dune du Pilat is much more than just a viewpoint. It's also a place of discovery and adventure for nature enthusiasts. Its gentle slopes invite strolls and contemplation, perfect for a romantic moment, while its windy crests provide an ideal playground for sports enthusiasts, such as paragliding or sandboarding.

Throughout the seasons, the Dune du Pilat reveals its different facets, changing color and texture under the influence of winds and tides. Sometimes golden and glittering under the summer sun, sometimes shrouded in morning mist or battered by autumn winds, it never ceases to fascinate and awe those who venture to its feet.

In short, the Dune du Pilat is much more than just a sand mound; it's a place steeped in history, beauty, and mystery, worthy of exploration and admiration by all who have the privilege to discover it. Whether you're seeking adventure, contemplation, or simply a connection with nature, the Dune du Pilat offers an unforgettable experience that will be etched in memory.

Edible Jewels

Between escapades through the dunes, pines, and beaches, don't miss the famous oyster huts to savour the best local seafood, an activity to discover in Arcachon and not to be missed!

Considered true jewels, oysters are a must if you're passing through the region. Served on a bed of ice, their fresh, briny taste, enhanced by a squeeze of lemon, promises an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Shrimps, local caviar, and all other seafood are on offer with unparalleled freshness! Accompanied by a delicious glass of white wine, with a unique view of the bay, it's a meal you'll never forget!

A Trip on the Bay

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of serenity and relaxation, where the gentle climate of Arcachon envelops you as you float on the light, soothing waves. Create timeless memories, punctuated by visits from curious seabirds eager to join your adventure. Let yourself be carried along the "tchanquées" cabins, iconic symbols of the bay, gracefully perched on their stilts amidst the tides. The oyster parks pass by, elegantly testifying to the historical and gastronomic richness of the region. Then, marvel at the majestic silhouette of the Dune du Pilat on the horizon, a proud coastal sentinel.

The Winter Town

Its picturesque streets, lined with majestic Belle Époque villas adorned facades, transport you to a bygone era where elegance and refinement reigned supreme. Stroll along the shaded avenues, steeped in a peaceful atmosphere and history.

Each villa tells a story, the story of an old family creating the soul of each home in the neighborhood. The exquisite architectural details captivate the eye, while the lush gardens invite leisurely strolls and contemplation. Enjoy the air imbued with the fine scent of pine and let yourself be lulled by the birdsong.

At the heart of the Winter Town, the famous Parc Mauresque offers you a green oasis, where palm trees sway gently and fountains whisper forgotten stories. From here, you can admire a panoramic view of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean, an infinity of nature.

Strolling through Arcachon's Winter Town is to immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere, where timeless elegance blends with the coastal way of life. Between past and present, this preserved enclave invites you to an enchanted interlude, where time seems suspended and each moment is filled with grace and poetry.

L’île aux Oiseaux

This picturesque little island located in the heart of Arcachon Bay is accessible by boat from the port of Arcachon or other nearby ports. L’Île aux Oiseaux is a haven of peace where you can stroll through natural trails, observe a variety of seabirds, and enjoy panoramic views of the bay and its surroundings. It's also an ideal spot for a picnic and relaxation amidst preserved nature. Don't forget to bring your binoculars for better birdwatching and your camera to capture the island's natural beauty.

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