Discover the Arcachon basin
Bounded by the cities of La Teste-de-Buch in the South, Lège-Cap-Ferret on the West and the delta of Leyre in the East, Bay of Arcachon is a real inner sea, opened on Atlantic Ocean, by means of the master keys of the Bay of Arcachon, representing the only breach in the long dune cordon of 250 kilometers of the Côte d’Argent.
Of triangular form, it is identified by more than 80 kilometers of flat coast or woody dunes.
For a long time, we practise the fishing and the yachting there. For more than 2000 years, the tapping was extensively practised but is nowadays abandoned.
In the center of the Bay, discover “the Ile aux oiseaux” and its huts “tchanquées”, huts on piles, typical of the Bay of Arcachon. Since the end of the XIXth century and the beginning of the XXéme, the economy of the Bay turned to the oyster farming and the tourism.
Besides the natural beauty of the site, do not cross next to the visit of the Cap-Ferret, the dune of Pilat and the Bench of Arguin, classified nature reserve.
The Pilat dune with it’s volume of about 60 million m³ of sand, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Its height is currently 109 meters above sea level. The highest in Europe, the Pilat dune owes its fame to its outstanding dimensions and the exceptional panoramic view it offers of the forest, Arguin’s Bench and the ocean. A real challenge to climb, admire the view offered by this natural monument in perpetual movement and enjoy sliding down it.