Make the most of how close the campsite is to Arcachon Bay (70km) to visit the Banc d'Arguin, Ile aux Oiseaux, stilt houses, Dune du Pilat and oyster-farming villages on the Cap Ferret peninsula. There's but a step between the Landes and the Gironde. It would be a shame to miss out!
What is there to see and do in Arcachon Bay?
Arcachon Bay is packed with unique and magical sites to explore on foot, by bike or by boat just an hour's drive from our Landes campsite (70km). The best way to visit Arcachon Bay is on board a pinasse, a traditional pinewood boat from the Landes that you can see all over the Bay. Your marker? Dune du Pilat, the highest dune in Europe that towers 107 metres over the landscape.
The Bay's many memorable gems include the Banc d'Arguin Nature Reserve which visitors from around the world are always captivated by. A long white sand beach and deliciously turquoise waters appear on the sandy islet when the tide goes out. Only accessible by boat and adored by yacht owners, the Banc d'Arguin gives you the incredible feeling of being alone in the world on your own desert island. Unleash your inner Robinson Crusoe!
Another must-visit during your camping holiday between the Landes and the Gironde: Ile aux Oiseaux and its stilted houses, true symbols of Arcachon Bay. The Union des Bateliers Arcachonnais company provides daily crossings, guided tours and full-day or half-day bay excursions. Sports fans will go wild for sea kayaking to Ile aux Oiseaux or sailing along Arcachon Bay's beaches.
There's nothing like sampling oysters to recharge your batteries in a little oyster hut on the Cap Ferret peninsula, especially in the villages of L'Herbe and Le Canon. If you're in no hurry to get back to the campsite then make the most of it to venture to the peninsula's tip. Cap Ferret's lighthouse has unobstructed views of Arcachon Bay, Conche du Mimbeau and Dune du Pilat.
Spotlight on Arcachon and the Ville d'Hiver!
Use your camping holiday on the Côte d'Argent, on the Gironde side, to stop in Arcachon, a town with incredible architectural heritage and one of the oldest seaside towns in the Gironde.
Arcachon's Ville d'Hiver is a real feast for the eyes and one of the many places to visit. A guided walking tour enables you to soak up the old town marked by Napoleon III's imperial stamp. You'll see opulent Belle Epoque villas, Parc Mauresque, Sainte-Cécile observatory and its panoramic bay views among others.
Arcachon Port, Jetée Thiers, Château Deganne (now the Casino de la Plage), Notre-Dame Basilica and Les Marins Chapel are also worth a detour. Quench your thirst for culture with a stop at the foot of the Sainte-Anne des Abatilles spring. The spring water source was stumbled upon in 1923 whilst searching for oil! In summer you can visit a small history museum, drilling site and production workshop.
On the way to La Teste-de-Buch, the Aiguillon tip brings you a whole new world with small fishing huts topped by red-tiled roofs where oyster farmers trade. If you're looking for something picturesque and authentic then you've come to the right place.