We’ll start at the Dune du Pyla, the tallest sand dune in Europe at 110m high with magnificent views of the Atlantic, the Bay of Arcachon, Banc d’Arguin, the lighthouse at Cap-Ferret and pine forests stretching as far as the eye can see. Watching the sun set from the top of the Dune du Pyla is an unforgettable experience.
Let’s carry on to Arcachon and its famous ‘Ville d’hiver’ district dating from the Belle Epoque, a paradise of architecture and creativity on the hills above the town. Have a walk around the marina which rubs shoulders with the fishing harbour and the oyster district of L’Aiguillon and if you don’t mind getting up at the crack of dawn, the early morning fish auction is a fascinating experience.
Harbours and oyster villages are part of the scenery right around the Bay of Arcachon ! La Teste de Buch, Gujan-Mestras, Biganos, Andernos, Arès, L’Herbe…, can be explored on foot, by bike or even by boat. Walk among the brightly-coloured huts, eat delicious oysters straight from the farm and breathe in the fresh sea air.
The Bassin d’Arcachon also has several nature conservation areas like the Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (Bird Reserve), which welcomes 260 different species of birds over the course of a year, the Domaines de Certes-Graveyron or the 400-hectare Réserve des Prés Salés (Saltmarshes) at Arès.