The Arcachon town discovery in 4 seasons
- The Winter Town, historical district with its elegant XIX Century villas. Self guide visit on foot or accompanied by the Tourist Information Office.
- The Summer Town combines sea front, jetties and an animated town heart all year long (including a covert market)
- The Autumn Town shelters the Arcachon harbour, the Aiguillon district and the fish outcry market (can be attended)
- The Spring Town located in the Sainte-Anne des Abatilles spring area lined by the large Pereire beach and walking promenades.
Climbing the Pilat Dune (La Teste de Buch)
You will enjoy an exceptional point of view on the Arcachon Bay, the Cap Ferret tip and the Arguin Bank. The highest dune in Europe: 110 m high (direct dial: +33 5 56 22 12 85).
Stopover at the Lège-Cap Ferret peninsula
- Bicycle hire for a bike ride through the peninsula oyster villages: the fishermen district with a stopover at the Cap Ferret light house (new exhibition), the l’Herbe and the Canon villages...
After the effort... would you have a few oysters
Birds Island Tour
- A commented boat trip is available with the UBA (Boatmen Union of Arcachon) in the peaceful internal waters of the Bay (direct dial: +33 825 27 00 27).
The Teich bird sanctuary
- Observe the birds at the Ornithological Preserve. A pretty 6 km walk will give you the chance you to observe 260 recorded bord species. The route is suitable for persons with disabilities. €6.75/child, €8.95/adult (direct dial: +33 5 56 22 80 93).
The River Leyre and its delta (Le Teich, Biganos and Mios)
To be discovered on foot, by bike or kayak (direct dial: +33 5 56 22 80 46). Or around the Biganos ports in a rowing boat (direct dial: +33 5 57 70 67 56). Nouveau livret ! 10 idées balades « Sur le chemin des vraies vacances » disponible dans les Offices de Tourisme ou en ligne.
We invite you to discover these places with those who assure their preservation!
Dawn: “behind the scenes at the Fish Market”
- Join the fish auction and market (direct dial: +33 5 57 52 97 97).
discover the “Ostréi-Tour”
- Accompanied by a guide, discover the oyster villages (Arcachon, La Teste de Buch and Gujan-Mestras) of a panoramic visit in bus (direct dial: +33 5 57 52 97 97).
Go out on a boat with fishermen and oyter farmers
- Embark on our professional boats the time of a tide! €45/person. Get the list of the authorized professionals at the Tourist Information Offices or online
We invite you to immerse yourself in the experience of fisherfolk!
Explore the Bay on foot or by bicycle
- Besides the walking guided tours suggested by the Tourist Information Offices, get the “topoguide” booklet: “le Tour du Bassin à pied” (for sale at 8€ at the Offices) for you to find out about our great country hikes.
- This Bay tour is at times, part of the littoral path, the « Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle” way, the oyster ports and other remarkable sites....
- The Bay towns are connected by a 220 km cycling track network at your disposal.
Swin and relax
- You will be surprised by the diversity of the Bay’s beaches: on the Ocean, on the Bay and along Cazaux Lake’s shores and creeks.
- 76 km of beaches of which more than 40 km to the open sea (the “Grand Crohot beach” in Lège-Cap Ferret, the “Lagune beach” in La Teste de Buch...).
Every day, there is a market waiting for you in one of our municipalities! Flavours, colours and good mood make the rendezvous. After lunch, take advantage of your free time to enjoy an ice cream at our piers feet: in Arcachon, the Moulleau, the Cap Ferret and Andernos-les-Bains with the longest jetty of the Bay.
Have fun with your kids
Play around at one of our theme parks.
During July-August, the UBA disembarks you on a fine sand island, classified as "Nature Reserve".
- Except from a marked out protection perimeter, the reserve has free access all year round, under the attentive gaze of the reserve guardians. Thank you for helping us taking care of this nature area!
Or go for a walk along the nature footpaths…
- Enjoy a walk in the Andernos-les-bains channels at low tide or snow crab in the Lanton harbour, at the heart of the Arcachon Bay.
- Diked spaces, swamps and salty meadows, naturalist strolls round the “Certes-Graveyron Domaines”, the “Piraillan Reservoirs”, Saint-Brice Les Quinconces, the Arès and Lège salty meadows…