The Arcachon Basin
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The Arcachon Basin : The Arcachon Basin

The real holiday is here!! in the Arcachon basin. Come and discover this magnificent 150 km² lagoon in the Landes de Gascogne which is home to the Bassin Natural Park. Just 50 kms from Bordeaux, the Bassin d'Arcachon enjoys a mild climate and a high rate of sunshine.

The Bassin d'Arcachon, seen from the sky, is affectionately surrounded by the peninsula of Cap Ferret, commune of Lège Cap Ferret.

The Arcachon Basin
The peninsula of Lège-Cap-Ferret

The peninsula of Lège-Cap-Ferret

  • 11 villages all closely linked to the Bay of Arcachon
  • 9 oyster ports
  • 25 kms of ocean beaches along the dunes
  • 7000 ha of forest

It is undoubtedly from the top of the Cap-Ferret lighthouse (258 steps) that you can best admire the breathtaking 360° view of the peninsula, the Dune du Pilat and the whole of the Bay of Arcachon.

The Dune of Pilat

The Dune of Pilat

The highest sand dune in Europe

  • Classified as a major national site
  • 109 metres high
  • 3000 metres long
  • 500 metres wide
  • More than 1 200 000 visitors per year

At the top, a panoramic view of the wonders of the Basin: the Arguin bank, the Ile aux Oiseaux!

Bird Island

Bird Island

Symbol of the Arcachon Basin

  • 5 kms in circumference at high tide
  • 16kms at low tide
  • 165 ha at high tide
  • 1700 ha at low tide

A listed natural site, the Ile aux Oiseaux is known for its two stilt-mounted huts, which are the symbol of the Bay.

Wild and preserved, the island is inhabited by a multitude of birds (egrets, sandpipers, larks, ducks, etc.).

Come and visit the island by boat. Guided tour with the UBA (Union des Bateliers Arcachonnais), or a lover of the Basin on board a pinasse.

But also...

The reserve of the salt meadows of Arès

 

Classified natural reserve in 1983 - 495 ha of natural spaces - Nearly 150 species of birds

The salt marshes reserve and the rich fauna and flora of the Bay of Arcachon


Discover the rich fauna and flora of the Bay of Arcachon during a walk to the Près Salés nature reserve, which is full of protected natural sites.

Guided tours are offered to discover the biodiversity of this nature reserve as well as activities for children.

Information and booking at the Arès Tourist Office website.

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