On the north side of the Arcachon basin, the Arésiens live in a beautiful small commune located between Andernos-les-Bains and Lège-Cap-Ferret, it had five mills in the 19th century. Today, the remains of one of them can be seen facing the Georges-Dartiguelongue esplanade. Its crenellated round tower seems to watch over the small seaside resort. In the Middle Ages, the port of Arès was very important, especially in the transport of Médoc wines to the British Isles. The town's pier, dating from the 18th century, is the oldest in the basin. On the oyster port side, it is very pleasant to stroll among the small wooden huts coloured blue, yellow and green. The picturesque place is composed of 2 darses (equivalent of streets) in the middle of which, as soon as the weather is fine, you can see the oyster bags drying in the sun. The only boats present are the "plates", the boats used by oyster aquaculturists. It is also possible to share their passion with them with outings and tastings of oysters from the basin. But one of the most precious assets of the town of Arès is undoubtedly its nature. With an exceptional and preserved environmental heritage, the fauna and flora evolve notably in the salt meadows reserve or on the Quinconces site. Nature's caskets to be protected but which you must absolutely admire on foot or by bike.

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