The Arcachon Bay, natural place between Ocean et nature

The Bassin d’Arcachon is one of the leading tourist destinations of the Aquitaine region. Located just one hour from Bordeaux, it boasts unrivalled landscape and scenery. Featuring natural heritage sites, architectural delights, waterside resorts and popular beaches, it is a treasure trove waiting to be enjoyed.



The main reason that the Bassin d'Arcachon attracts so many visitors is its picture postcard scenery. One of the best-known sites is doubtless the 109m high Dune of Pilat that majestically stands over the entrance to the Bassin d'Arcachon. It is appealing not only for its beauty, but also for the physical challenge... namely that of climbing the mountain of sand. You can then admire the view, sit back and relax, take a walk or have fun shamelessly hurtling back down to the bottom! Opposite the Dune is another unmissable site, the Banc d'Arguin. This National Natural Reserve will amaze you both by its beauty and wildlife, with both migrating birds and "ocean giants" (bottlenose dolphins, grey seals and leatherback sea turtles). To discover this wildlife and local plant life, visit the Teich Bird Reserve (over 260 species of wild birds) or the Ile aux Oiseaux bird island (a refuge for seals and migrating birds). Also on the Ile aux Oiseaux, you will be intrigued by the famous cabins on stilts that emerge so proudly from the water. To further explore the natural surroundings, don't miss the Leyre and its delta, or the Domaines of Certes-Graveyron, the Arès salt marshes, Lège-Cap Ferret and La Teste de Buch, the pine forests and the tip of Cap Ferret lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bassin. 



The Bassin d'Arcachon also has a number of popular waterside resorts, starting of course with the four seasons town of Arcachon. The town, which is well-known for its gentle lifestyle, features sumptuous local-style villas, a casino, a magnificent beach, a lovely promenade along the quayside, many cafés and restaurants, famous ice cream shops and a host of other surprises! Just as renowned, the town of Biganos is popular for its wonderful ports and their brightly coloured cabins, trips in flat bottomed boats and gourmet opportunities to enjoy oysters and even caviar! Andernos-les-Bains features a 232m long jetty offering an incredible view over the Bassin, beaches that are perfect for swimming, a charming oyster port and fine heritage (Saint-Éloi church, Gallo-Roman remains and old villas). Lège-Cap Ferret is another unmissable town on the Bassin on account of its lighthouse, famous for its unrivalled view, its 9 ports, oyster villages, attractive beaches and architectural wealth (chapels and villas, including the first roof terraces designed by Le Corbusier). Audenge, Lanton, Arès,... so many towns are worth the detour !




In addition to the natural landscape and attractive towns, the Bassin d'Arcachon is an area where you can let loose. Both the coast and the forests are perfect for a variety of sporting activities, including hiking, cycling, sailing, beach sports, horse riding, canoeing and golfing. There's something for everyone. Gourmet lovers will enjoy tasting the local seafood, although they may also be interested in exploring the maritime heritage in local museums or through guided visits. Children will love exploring the leisure areas and amusement parks, whereas art lovers will be fascinated by the architecture of the villas. Curious visitors will be interested in learning more about the history of the Bassin, from the development of oyster farming to the emergence of tourism.
The Bassin d'Arcachon is perfect for a visit year-round, regardless of your age or field of interests !


Not to be missed

Arguin Bank
L'île aux Oiseaux
Pyla Dune
Arcachon City
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In the region

Cap Ferret