The dune of Pilat

Getty Images/iStockphoto


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.

Leave the planning to a local expert

Experience the real Arcachon. Let a local expert handle the planning for you.

Get started


Must-see attractions

Plan with a local


Latest stories from Arcachon

Wildlife & Nature

'Get nude or get lost'; brawl erupts on French nudist beach

Sep 1, 2016 • 1 min read

in partnership with getyourguide

Book popular activities in Arcachon


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Arcachon with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.