Situated on France’s Atlantic coast, the resort city of Arcachon is renowned for its seafood, beaches and districts named after the seasons of the year. Located just a short distance from Bordeaux, Arcachon has historically been a popular location with tourists in search of clean sea air. Today, most visitors come to Arcachon searching for the world’s freshest oysters.
Typical of other French cities, Arcachon is known for its food. The main market is open day and night between June and September, where local vendors sell artisan goods. Head to restaurants like Chez Pierre and L’Oyster to sample the city’s hallmark dish or take a boat trip to the Cap Ferrat Peninsula to enjoy oysters straight from the sea. The Royal Moulleau promenade – famed for its delicious ice cream and sea views – is a favourite for those who have a sweet tooth.
Arcachon’s SpringTown district is where you’ll find some of France’s best beaches. Head to La Ville de Printemps or Plage Pereire – the city’s most famous beach – to find three kilometres of white sands and a beautiful promenade. Alternatively, Plage des Abatilles and des Arbousiers provide great kitesurfing opportunities.
Dune du Pilat: The tallest sand dune in Europe, Dune du Pilat offers stunning panoramic views of the Arcachon Bay and the surrounding forests.