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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

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.

Arcachon is situated in the Gironde department and Aquitaine region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the south-west of France at 50 kilometres from Bordeaux, the department capital (general information: Arcachon is 538 kilometres from Paris).

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Arcachon Ville d'Eté at 1 km and Arcachon Ville d'Hiver 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!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Gironde

Map of places to visit near Arcachon

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)

Geography and distances

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

Arcachon is in the south-west of France. 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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