In the southwest of France and the Gironde, the Arcachon Basin is home to 12 municipalities and 80 km of beaches and wooded dunes along the Côte d'Argent. This territory is largely open to the Atlantic Ocean through the basin's passes and shelters a small inland sea of 40 km² at low tide, 155 km² at high tide. This territory is dedicated to oyster farming, fishing and pleasure boating. In 2014, the Bassin d'Arcachon Marine Natural Park was created, which is home to a rich biodiversity.

Among the most touristic sites of this destination, you have the jewel of the Dune du Pilat, Cap Ferret and its lighthouse, andÎle aux Oiseaux the famous Cabanes Tchanquées. It is possible to reach the island by sea kayak. Cycling is also a good way to discover this highly biodiverse basin. Discover the 19th century holiday homes where the beautiful people came to spend the cold season. Appreciated by locals and tourists alike, the piers of the Bassin d'Arcachon invite you to take a walk in summer and winter. Go there to enjoy the iodized air of the Basin. And to understand the geography of the Bassin d'Arcachon, go up to the top of the lighthouse, then go to La Pointe to observe the site where the waters of the ocean meet those of theBassin d’Arcachon. On the program of your stay: the discovery of the ports and oyster farming villages, a boat trip, a visit to the market, a day in the salt meadows of Arès-Lège. Don't forget to bring your favorite guide with you!

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When to leave for the Arcachon Basin? You can discover the Bassin d'Arcachon in all seasons. The high tourist season is in summer, when prices are higher and tourist sites, including the dune du Pilat, are very popular. Spring is a recommended time for its softness and colours. The winter atmosphere is not lacking in a rigorous and charming atmosphere. The pool is then "yours" or almost yours. And what does not spoil anything, the basin is celebrated all year round: Festivals of the Sea, "Cadences" Festival, Cabanes en fête, fireworks displays... Gastronomy also provides an opportunity for meetings and fairs that pay tribute to local producers, fishermen and craftsmen.

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When to leave for the Arcachon Basin? You can discover the Bassin d'Arcachon in all seasons. The high tourist season...
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The Bassin d'Arcachon enjoys a mild climate and a generous sun all year round. However, winters are rainy. It snows o...
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