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Arcachon Bay

Europe’s largest sand dune, beaches and an island filled with birds await you at this beautiful bay on France’s southwest coast.

When oyster farmers flocked to the Arcachon Bay in the 19th century, wealthy Bordeaux residents started to vacation here and the bay area developed into a tourist attraction. Today, it is a major tourism hub with resort towns, beaches, wildlife and lots of activities on land and sea.

Visit the main resort of Arcachon for its beaches, markets, port and grand 19th-century villas. The town is divided into four sections, named after the seasons. Take a boat tour around Bird Island (Île aux Oiseaux) that lies in the middle of the bay. It is named for the thousands of migratory birds that make their temporary homes here. As you get close to the island you will see two cabanes tchanquées (stilted cabins). These are oyster farming cabins perched on stilts to accommodate changing tides.

Another good ferry trip is over to Cape Ferret, the peninsula that extends south from the top of the bay. There, you will find the red and white Lighthouse of Cape Ferret (Le Phare du Cap Ferret), the bay’s only lighthouse. Climb the 258 steps for gorgeous views of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Put on your swimwear for a day of activities at Pereire Beach, the largest of Arcachon’s beaches. The long, sheltered expanse is popular with families with young children.

If you enjoy hiking, take advantage of the footpaths that run along the bay. Walk to the top of the Dune of Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe. At up to 341 feet (110 meters) tall, the dune has superb views of the Banc d’Arguin, a large sandbar close to the shore. Many oyster farms have their oyster beds here and the site also provides a home for migratory birds.

Arcachon Bay is a 1-hour drive southwest of Bordeaux and its international airport. During the summer, join vacationing Bordeaux residents on the beaches of this delightful bay.


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All Suites Appart Hotel La Teste de Buch

All Suites Appart Hotel La Teste de Buch

1246 Avenue Gustave Eiffel, La Teste-de-Buch
3.4
of 5, from 103 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in La Teste-de-Buch, this residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aqualand, Kid Parc, and Zooland Park. Gujan-Mestras Golf Club is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

Résidence Vacances Bleues Villa Regina

Résidence Vacances Bleues Villa Regina

11 allée Corrigan, Arcachon
4.2
of 5, from 54 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Arcachon, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mauresque Park and Arcachon Beach. Arcachon Golf Club and Port d'Arcachon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$47
Hotel All Suites Le Teich

Hotel All Suites Le Teich

7 rue Copernic, Le Teich
3.9
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Parc Ornithologique du Teich and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aqualand and Kid Parc. Gujan-Mestras Golf Club and Zooland Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$105
Le Ponton D'hydroland - Gîtes

Le Ponton D'hydroland - Gîtes

1355 Avenue Pierre Georges Latécoère, Biscarrosse
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Biscarrosse, this inn is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from Parentis-en-Born Church and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dune of Pilat and Gujan-Mestras Golf Club. Zooland Park and Woolsack Chateau are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$112
Hôtel Le B d'Arcachon

Hôtel Le B d'Arcachon

4 rue du Professeur Jolyet, Arcachon
4.4
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Arcachon, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcachon Beach and Mauresque Park. Port d'Arcachon and Arcachon Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$73
Pierre & Vacances Résidence Domaine de Gascogne Biscarrosse

Pierre & Vacances Résidence Domaine de Gascogne Biscarrosse

Avenue de Gascogne, Biscarrosse
4.1
of 5, from 12 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this residence is 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Parentis-en-Born Church and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dune of Pilat and Zooland Park. Arcachon Golf Club and Aqualand are also within 25 mi (40 km).

$1,074
La Louisiane Bassin d'Arcachon

La Louisiane Bassin d'Arcachon

18 Allée du Clos de Cantaranne, Gujan-Mestras
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gujan-Mestras, this apartment is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Parc Ornithologique du Teich and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aqualand and Kid Parc. Gujan-Mestras Golf Club and Port d'Arcachon are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$48
Hôtel Altica La Teste Sud

Hôtel Altica La Teste Sud

7 Avenue de Binghampton, La Teste-de-Buch
3.3
of 5, from 6 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in La Teste-de-Buch, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aqualand, Kid Parc, and Zooland Park. Arcachon Golf Club is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.