• Arcachon
  • Cap Ferret

An hour's drive southwest of Bordeaux lies the Arcachon Bay, astonishing the visitors with its natural landscapes and maritime heritage. This crescent shaped bay hides many fishing hamlets that has been major oyster producers since the 19th century. Old wooden cabins on stilts used by the fishermen still stand on shallow waters around the Île aux Oiseaux. Long sandy beaches attract water sports enthusiasts, while Dune du Pilat, Europe's highest sand dune with a height of 100 meters, is another world in itself. The Dune strectches for 2.7 kilometers, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and a thick pine forest that softens the ocean winds, before they arrive at the Bordeaux vineyards. The area is also known to be an ecological tourism destination with acres of wetlands attracting a variety of birds and cycling routes that span a total of 200 kilometers.

  • Hotel La Co(o)rniche

    Sheltered in a neo-Basque house furnished by Philippe Starck and surrounded by vegetable gardens, this great hotel and restaurant offers the best views of the Atlantic coast of Arcachon, where the sea meats the land forming magnificent dunes.

  • Chez Hortense

    A seafood eatery with spectacular views of the dune. Try mussels with frites, lobsters and oysters. 

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