Cities in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon
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Cities in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon : Cities in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon

It's impossible to miss the towns nestling in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon. There are 10 of them, so choose ..... and we will try to make you want to discover them.

You should know that these 10 towns have all subscribed to the "zero pesticides" approach launched by the SIBA (Syndicat Intercommunal du Bassin d'Arcachon). Preserving nature remains the key point in the Basin.

From the campsite, easily accessible by bike or car, here is Arès.

Cities in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon


"Everything is natural! On the edge of the Bassin, Arès offers all the necessary shops in its centre. Amongst others, we can mention the Restaurant ONA, a gastronomic VEGAN restaurant. The chef Claire VALLEE is today the first starred chef in the world: 1 Michelin star and 1 Green star.

After discovering the oyster port of Arès with its breathtaking view, take the path along the edge of the basin. On one side of the path, you cross the Prés Salés nature reserve. If you feel like it, without leaving the GR8, head for the Médoc lakes.

On the other side, still on the path along the edge of the basin, you will be surprised to find the one and only UFO in the world. Indeed, here it was set up in Arès to facilitate the arrival of holidaymakers from the planet Mars. After this surprise, here is the beach of the conches of Saint Brice.

Let's continue our journey, still by bike or by car.

Andernos les Bains

Its large pier, its beaches, its oyster port, its centre, its pedestrian streets, its animations. Andernos is the most lively town in the Nord Bassin. It is a holiday resort where life is good all year round.

Take a walk along the pier. A breathtaking view of the Basin awaits you. It will be even more wonderful if you are there at sunset. Walking along the beach, barefoot, stop at the Saint Eloi Church. Take the time to discover the Gallo-Roman remains.

You are now in the oyster port where you should stroll. In the 3 alleys of the port, the doors of the oyster farmers' huts are open for you to discover and taste, of course. Numerous restaurants offer you products from the sea and the basin. We will be happy to show you our best addresses for great moments of conviviality.

Beyond the port, take a walk along the coastline. At low tide why not go in search of shellfish on the foreshore. And in any case, if you feel like it, take advantage of the beaches (the Quinconces, the Betey, the pier).

In the evening, with family or friends, you can have a drink, eat, walk, shop, dance. There are many activities on offer throughout the year, especially during the summer season.



A must-see: the Certes and Graveyron estate. Impossible to pass by without discovering it. This 530-hectare wilderness area offers an exceptional landscape. Numerous bird populations, including some rare and protected species, find refuge in this domain dedicated to biodiversity.

After this magnificent stroll, the next stop for the family is the swimming pools at the entrance to the Port. In fact, it is the largest seawater pool in Europe. Swimming is supervised and the water is partly renewed at each tide.

Only a few more steps to reach the Port Ostréicole. A typical little port with its colourful huts. In the Cabane Bleue an exhibition room offers you the discovery of artists throughout the year.


2 ports to discover. The only river ports in the Bay of Arcachon, one of which is the only classified port upstream from the Leyre Delta.

To reach this Delta, what could be better than a trip along the water in a canoe or kayak. From Biganos, a nautical base "Courant d'Eyre" offers you this possibility.

Paddle and discover the Leyre, the little Amazon. A peaceful river born in the Landes which flows into the Arcachon basin.

It doesn't matter if it's a day or half a day. Take the time to walk a few kilometres in the heart of a luxuriant nature.


Le Teich

Nature, always nature in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon. Equipped with good shoes and binoculars, go and observe the birds in the ornithological reserve. A guided tour to learn more or not, in any case total disconnection.

1 hour more: great! A short walk in the Domaine de Fleury. Again, many species of birds. Not to mention the probable encounter with a Blonde d'Aquitaine.

The Leyre Delta is not far away. Walking, cycling or going along the water, follow the "little Amazon" of the Arcachon Basin, as the Leyre is called.


7 ports to stroll around, observe and taste. Take the coastal path, it will guide you in the middle of nature; in fact it links these 7 ports. Your observation will be very different whether the tide is high or low. The presence or absence of water defines the landscape.

In any case, if you like oysters, stop by. For a last minute picnic or for a tasting in an oyster hut.

You will enjoy meeting the oyster farmers for a moment of sharing. To understand and know all the history of the oyster, go to La Maison de l’Huître.

But also...

Finally, here is the most famous town in the heart of the Bassin d'Arcachon that you will enjoy discovering:


It is the main town of the Basin. It is the main town of the Bay of Arcachon and has all the specificities of the Bay of Arcachon. In addition to its town centre with its many shops and restaurants, it will charm you with its beaches, its cycle paths and its port. A beautiful seaside town.

To discover it in more detail you need to know the seasons. Indeed, it is divided into 4 districts or cities: winter city, summer city, spring city and autumn city. This is one of the particularities of Arcachon. Climb up to the winter town; the high vegetation and beautiful villas typical of Arcachon. From its belvedere you have a breathtaking view of the Bassin.

The summer town is in fact the centre of Arcachon. No more sea bathing establishments as in the old days but a good number of shops and restaurants. A walk on the Thiers pier is unavoidable.

Not far from the city centre and its hustle and bustle, the Ville de printemps is nothing but a residential area. Yes, but bordered by a magnificent beach: Pereire. A beautiful stretch of sand with a shady park. A little nap!!!

Already autumn. The part of Arcachon which bears this name is none other than the marina. The second deep water port of the Atlantic Coast. You will discover a "heritage" quay with its traditional boats of the Basin. At the Pointe de l'Aiguillon you can finally taste or re-taste a dozen oysters as in all the towns in the heart of the Bay of Arcachon.

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