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.
Arcachon beaches are numerous and stretch along the coast for seven kilometres. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.
This stretch of sand on the Cote d’Argent is one of France’s best beaches. It runs more-or-less for 200kms south to Biarritz, the largest mass of sand in Europe and relatively people free other than the peak season of July-August when Bordeaux/Paris hordes arrive to occupy Arcachon. Pereire beach is the place for exercising, Arbousiers beach for Kite and Windsurfing, Moulleau beach for swimming.
Arcachon is a couple of kilometres from the stunning Dune du Pilat/Pyla (see below).