A long-time oyster-harvesting area on the southern side of the tranquil, triangular Bassin d'Arcachon (Arcachon Bay), this seaside town lured bourgeois Bordelaise at the end of the 19th century. Its four little quarters are romantically named for each of the seasons, with villas that evoke the town's golden past amid a scattering of 1950s architecture.
Arcachon seethes with sun-seekers in summer, but you'll find practically deserted beaches a short bike ride away.
Arcachon destination guides
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux Including Pyla Dune and Oyster Tasting
Spend a morning away from Bordeaux on this half-day trip to the Bay of Arcachon. On this small-group tour, visit Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), the largest sand dune in Europe, and admire the spectacular views from the top. Explore the town of Arcachon before a visit to an oyster farm for a sample of fresh oysters. Relax on a scenic beach before heading back to Bordeaux.
The Vineyards of Bordeaux
Cycle through the vineyards of Bordeaux and the Gironde region