From the Dune du Pilat to the Cap-Ferret

From the Dune du Pilat to the Cap-Ferret

From beautiful antique villas to small oyster ports, traditional fishing boats to pleasure boats, sandy beaches to authentic oyster tasting huts, the Arcachon Bay has something for everyone.

Arcachon Bay is a fragile, engaging natural environment in perpetual motion, subject to the wrath of the ocean and human whims. Located 70km from Bordeaux, this formidable nature reservoir crisscrossed with pathways is actually a mesotidal lagoon (meaning it has a tidal range of one to six metres), and is surrounded by a dozen picturesque villages and towns.

Before starting your tour, begin by admiring the scenery from the Dune du Pilat, from which the view is spectacular: on one side, there is the green of 2,400 hectares of pine forests, and on the other, bluish monochrome ocean, the golden slopes of the Banc d'Arguin, and the silhouette of Cap Ferret and its lighthouse. Climb up the highest dune in Europe along the ridge before slowly making your way back down to the beachfront. Then take a boat ride from Arcachon and the coastal villages around the Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island), where you will find a number of wooden huts on stilts that are typical of the region. Called "cabanes tchanquées", they are today, along with the Dune du Pilat, the emblem of the Bay.

Idune Tourist Information Point
Route de Biscarrosse
33260 La Teste-de-Buch

+33 (0)5 56 22 12 85