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The Arcachon Basin and the Great Dune of Pilat

Less than an hour from Bordeaux, between forest and ocean, a stunning region of which Bordeaux’s inhabitants are particularly fond.

Arcachon Bay, changing with the seasons

Centred on fishing and oyster farming, the Arcachon Bay has retained its authenticity in harmony with the winds and tides. Oyster farming ports, fine sandy beaches, pine forests and the Banc d’Arguin peninsula enliven this enchanting setting.

There are multiple activities to enjoy throughout the seasons: bike rides (220 km of cycle paths surround the basin), bird watching, sports activities, oyster tasting, visiting towns and walks on the highest sand dune in Europe.

Climb the Great Dune of Pilat… for an unbeatable panorama!

110 m high, 500 m wide, 2 700 m long and 60 million square metres of sand… these are the extraordinary dimensions of the highest dune in Europe, the Great Dune of Pilat! Worth the climb to enjoy an amazing view over the entire Bay of Arcachon!


Distances in km / mi:

Arcachon – Bordeaux: 65 km / 40 mi

Arcachon – Cadillac: 90 km /  56 mi

Arcachon – Pauillac: 110 km / 68 mi