Arcachon resort aerial, France. Photo by Mtu33260
Why visit Arcachon?
Arcachon is a seaside resort on the Atlantic Ocean in western France, 60 kms from Bordeaux. It’s famous mainly for oysters and enormous Dune du Pyla. One of Arcachon’s curiosities is that its districts are named after the four seasons with Summer City as the main activity area of shopping streets, beaches, and extravagant casino while Winter City is where the rich and famous from Paris and Bordeaux own lavish 19C villas.
Some kid-friendly activities around Arcachon – apart from the obligatory climbing of Dune du Pilat – are: Kid Park Adventure Island, a small space with water features; Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon offers another watery experience but with more facilities including a lagoon-style swimming pool; The Ladybug, a fun park with animals to feed or pet as well as games; Zoo of Arcachon Basin, a sizeable zoo in a reasonably natural setting.
Climbing the 100m high Dune du Pilat near Arcachon. Photo Dennis Jarvis