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Arcachon Office de tourisme
Place president Roosevelt33120

Tel:+33 (0)5 57 52 97 97
Fax:+33 (0)5 57 52 97 77

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Arcachon became a popular coastal resort with the wealthier residents of Bordeaux in the late 19th century .  This gave rise to some elegant neo-classical villas in the tranquil Ville d'Hiver part of the town which shouts colonial grandeur even today. 

The Ville d'Eté faces the lagoon and is a lot livelier due to its central position around the main beach or Plage d'Arcachon.  Here you'll find two piers, a casino, sports facilities and cruises to Cap Ferrat

One of the greatest draws of this area is the immense Dune du Pilat which is the largest sand dune in Europe (3km long).  If you manage the climb to the top you'll be rewarded with fantastic views out to sea.

What to See - Arcachon Attractions

Maison de la Nature du Bassin d'Arcachon
Nr Le Teich bird sanctuary, 33120
nature discovery trips plus guided sea kayak tours
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Ring ahead to book | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 22 80 93

Jardin des Papillons
Le Teich (nr Teich bird sanctuary), 33120
Europe's largest butterfly park
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 22 64 75

Aqualand
Off N250 (Gujan Mestras), 33120
aquatic funfair for all the famiily
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 66 39 39

Maison de l'Huitre
Allee du Haurat, Gujan Mestras, 33120
exhibits & tasting of the exquisite Banc d'Arguin oysters
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but closed Sun (Oct-Feb) | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 66 12 65

Aquarium et Musee
2 rue du Professeur Jolyet, 33120
city aquarium & musuem
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 54 89 28

Parc Ornithologique du Teich
Le Teich, 33120
idyllic bird sanctuary for endangered birds, great walks here for observing varied wild fowl
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 22 80 93

Centre Nautique d'Arcachon
Quai Goslar, 33120
try your hand at kayaking, surfing, diving or windsurfing
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 56 22 36 83

Les Bateliers Arcachonnais
From the Jetee Thiers, 33120
ferries to the delightful town of Cap Ferrat
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)5 57 72 28 28