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Arcachon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Arcachon in Gironde

Visit Arcachon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The Bassin d'Arcachon is a much visited region of sandy beaches, oyster villages and the resort of Arcachon

Arcachon is situated in the Gironde department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Arcachon. For detailed visitor information see the Arcachon travel guide.

Attractions in Arcachon

The Ville d'Automne is the eastern part of Arcachon, around the port area and including the beaches of Eyrac and Aiguillon: Arcachon Ville d'Automne

Arcachon's 'summer town' is a very attractive sea side town next to long sandy beaches: Arcachon Ville d'Eté

Visit the beautiful villas in the Ville d'Hiver of Arcachon.: Arcachon Ville d'Hiver

Le Moulleau is a popular and attractive coastal and beach resort to the west of Arcachon: Le Moulleau

The Bassin d'Arcachon is a much visited region of sandy beaches, oyster villages and the resort of Arcachon: Bassin d'Arcachon

The Parc Mauresque is a large parc and garden in the heart of the resort of Arcachon: Parc Mauresque

The town beach of Arcachon is a long sandy beach with lots of facilities.: Arcachon town beach

Arcachon's Pereire beach is a favourite with locals and holiday makers. : Arcachon's Pereire beach

Popular places to visit nearby include Parc Mauresque at 1 km and Arcachon Ville d'Eté at 1 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Arcachon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Arcachon in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Arcachon Ville d'Automne

Arcachon Ville d'Automne

less than one km (direction east-north-east)

The Ville d'Automne is the eastern part of Arcachon,...

See Arcachon Ville d'Automne guide
Parc Mauresque

Parc Mauresque

Garden less than one km (direction north-west)

The Parc Mauresque is a large parc and garden in...

See Parc Mauresque guide
Arcachon Ville d'Eté

Arcachon Ville d'Eté

less than one km (direction west-north-west)

Arcachon's 'summer town' is a very attractive sea side town next to...

See Arcachon Ville d'Eté guide
Arcachon Ville d'Hiver

Arcachon Ville d'Hiver

at 1 km (direction west)

Visit the beautiful villas in the Ville d'Hiver of Arcachon....

See Arcachon Ville d'Hiver guide
 
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Arcachon town beach

Arcachon town beach

at 1 km (direction west-south-west)

The town beach of Arcachon is a long sandy beach with lots...

See Arcachon town beach guide
Arcachon's Pereire beach

Arcachon's Pereire beach

at 1 km (direction west-south-west)

Arcachon's Pereire beach is a favourite with locals and holiday...

See Arcachon's Pereire beach guide
Le Moulleau

Le Moulleau

Seaside resort at 4 km (direction west-south-west)

Le Moulleau is a popular and attractive coastal and...

See Le Moulleau guide
La Teste de Buch salt flats

La Teste de Buch salt flats

at 4 km (direction south-south-east)

The salt flats at La Teste de Buch have an...

See La Teste de Buch salt flats guide
La Teste de Buch port ostreicole

La Teste de Buch port ostreicole

at 4 km (direction south-south-east)

The oyster port of La Teste de Buch with its small...

See La Teste de Buch port ostreicole guide
Port de Larros

Port de Larros

at 7 km (direction east)

The Port de Larros is a traditional oyster village...

See Port de Larros guide
Le Canon and l'Herbe

Le Canon and l'Herbe

at 7 km (direction west-north-west)

Canon and l'Herbe are very pretty traditional oyster fishing villages on the...

See Le Canon and l'Herbe guide
Dune de Pyla

Dune de Pyla

Scenery at 7 km (direction south-west)

The Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe...

See Dune de Pyla guide
Arcachon Zoo

Arcachon Zoo

at 8 km (direction south-south-east)

Arcachon zoo is home to over 800 animals including...

See Arcachon Zoo guide
Cap Ferret

Cap Ferret

at 8 km (direction west-south-west)

At the south-west of the Medoc peninsula, Cap Ferret is quite an...

See Cap Ferret guide

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Map of places to visit near Arcachon

 
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Markets in and near Arcachon

Market days in Arcachon: weekly market: every day;

  • Arcachon: market every day (0km)
  • Gujan-Mestras: market Wednesday (7km)
  • Andernos-les-Bains: market Tuesday & Friday & (11km)
  • Audenge: market Tuesday (12km)
  • Ares: market Tuesday (12km)
  • Lege-Cap-Ferret: market every day except Thursday - seasonal market only (15km)
  • Biscarrosse: market every day (29km)
  • Parentis-en-Born: market Thursday & Sunday (35km)
  • Lacanau: market Wednesday (36km)
  • Cestas: market Sunday (38km)

More information about Arcachon, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions near Arcachon, France

What to do at Arcachon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Arcachon.

Grand sites of France

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Landes de Gascogne (50km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Bassin d'Arcachon (3km)
  • Île aux Oiseaux (Gironde) (5km)
  • Domaine de Certes (12km)
  • Etang de Cazaux et Sanguinet (19km)
  • Etang de Biscarrosse et Parentis (34km)
  • Bec d'Ambès (61km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Bordeaux Pessac (40km)
 
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Geography and distances

Arcachon is in the south-west of France at 50 kilometres from Bordeaux, the department capital (general information: Arcachon is 538 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Arcachon

Canton: Arcachon

Arrondissement: Bordeaux

Department: Gironde

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 33120

Distance to Arcachon

from Bordeaux (prefecture): 50 km

from Paris: 538 km

from Calais: 735 km

from Nice: 680 km

from Bordeaux: 50 km

from Strasbourg: 807 km

Getting here

Most visitors will fly into Bordeaux airport (or Bergerac) while drivers should allow 7-8 hours driving time from the ports at Le Havre or Cherbourg. For driving distances to Arcachon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 1 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Teste-de-Buch.

This page in French: Visiter Arcachon

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