Sandy beaches, turquoise water and lashings of sunshine keep holidaymakers flocking to Arcachon Bay. The genteel seaside town has been attracting sunseekers since the 19th century and will charm you with its historic villas.
Plage d’Arcachon is one of the most popular stretches of sand and is a short stroll from the atmospheric Ville d'Été Quarter. Bask on the sugar-white sand, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and take a spin on the vintage carousel. Plage des Arbousiers is a short bike ride away and offers a quieter and more relaxed beach scene.
At almost three kilometres long and 100 metres high, Dune du Pilat is one of the largest sand dunes in Europe. Walk up to the ridge for breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding pine forests.
Arcachon Bay is famous for oysters, with dozens of farms dotting the coastline. Visit the Oyster Museum to find out more about the history of oyster farming in Arcachon Bay. Most restaurants will tempt you with freshly shucked oysters, best enjoyed with a glass of Bordeaux white wine.
Arcachon Bay is located in the Aquitaine region, a one-hour drive from Bordeaux and three hours from Toulouse. Trains run between Arcachon Bay and Toulouse in around three hours.