3 jours sur me Bassin d'Arcachon

Ten great ideas for three days in Arcachon Bay

So, you’ve only got three days to discover the Bay? Here’s a quick little guide for tasting, exploring, meeting and enjoying! In short, your ten commandments.

Breakfast overlooking the ocean

Nothing could be better than early morning for falling under the spell of the Bay. In your basket? Organic bread from the Fournil des Boïens in Biganos, coffee from MaxiCoffee or from Cafés Tchanqué and pastries from the [P’tite boulangerie du Ferret](https://Facebook @LaPtiteBoulangerieduFerret).

And now, choose a spot?
South-side, let’s go for the sand at Moulleau. At the heart of the Bay, the family beaches in Lanton and, towards the North, the long stretch facing the Church of Saint Eloi in Andernos.

Pedal around the Bay

You’ll find some fifty odd rental firms around the Bay. For experienced cycle tourists, count a day to ride around the Bay; two to three days for other cyclists.

Must-sees: the Pyla-sur-Mer and Arcachon cycle paths, Pereire-side and, to the North, the downhill ride to Cap-Ferret, under the pine trees. At the heart of the Bay, a little jaunt to Mios and Salles to discover the meanders of the River Leyre.

More information on cycling routes in Arcachon Bay

Watch the sun set from the Dune

The most magical experience to delight in during your stay. Settle down peacefully on 55 million m3 of sand and contemplate the symphony of lights and breathtaking panorama: the forest, the Banc d’Arguin and the Atlantic. Glance to the right and catch sight of the entrance of the Bay, Cap-Ferret and l’Ile aux Oiseaux…

Great idea: every Monday and Thursday at 8pm, the Joint Development Association of the Dune proposes strolls at dusk. Free-of-charge and open to all.

Oyster tasting

Terraces and oyster huts are the best way to taste the Bay’s shellfish. Enjoy evermore spectacular vistas whilst delighting in premium-quality products guaranteed by the “Tradition” and “Selection” labels. On the platter: oysters, whelks, periwinkles, prawns, pâtés, white and rosé wine from the region.

Observe nature and birds

The area is pure paradise for nature lovers. For visits, we suggest the Ornithological Reserve in Le Teich, nature visits proposed by the Arès Tourist Office and nature trips on the sand at Arguin, led by Sepanso guides.

And, if ever it rains: Arcachon Aquarium-Museum

Leave your car in the garage

To avoid the inescapable high-season traffic jams, check out our great ideas here: Baïa shuttles for the South of the Bay and TransGironde coaches for the North, Cap-Ferret’s “Gyropodes”, the TER (regional train) for Arcachon and even via water with the sea bus and maritime shuttle service, or by paddle or sea kayak if you prefer absolute pace and quiet.

Worth a read: “The Bassin by bike” on https://www.bassin-arcachon.com/en/bassin-by-bike/

Embark with fishermen

A handful of fishermen and oyster farmers embark tourists on their boats for an unforgettable experience of work at sea, before heading back to dry land for a tasting session. Pescatourism enchanted 1,100 passengers in 2017.

Explore secret little trails

Here are our five spots far from the maddening crowds:

Fall in love with the peninsula…

Terraces with panoramic views, concept stores, bric-a-brac sellers, best-loved, gourmet and gastronomic eateries, Mimbeau Spit, charming villages and a dash of the wild side, as if on the “edge of the world”… Taking time is a must for discovering Lège-Cap-Ferret.

By bike, on-board a “pinasse” (traditional long, narrow wooden boat) or with a Méhari, if you want to be in tune…

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Fort Boyard

The Fort Boyard is a key element of the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort which extends all along the estuary of the Charente.
If the construction of this fortification on the "Longe of Boyard" was considered as early as the seventeenth century, the project only really started in the course of the 19th century. Built with the aim of protecting the harbor, the mouth of the Charente and especially the large dockayrd of Rochefort from the assaults of the English navy, the Fort was transformed into a prison a few years after its completion.

The Fort has been classified as an historic monument since 1950.

The Fort is 68 metres long on 31 metres large, for a total surface area of 2689 square metres. The surrounding walls peak at 20 metres. The fort is also built on a sandbak called "Longe of Boyard" which gave its name to the Fort itself.

Since 1990, Fort Boyard has been the location of a television game of the same name.

Located between the islands of Aix and Oléron, the Fort Boyard is part of the territory of Rochefort-Océan. Many departures of cruises are possible to bypass the Fort (from Port-des-Barques, Fouras-les-Bains or the Island of Aix).

There is a charge for the boat tour of the fort.

Longe de Boyard 17123 Île-d'Aix
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West Beach or Grande Plage

Wild beach near the town centre.
Bordered by part of the fortifications of the island, the West Beach offers a magnificent view of the island of Oleron and Fort Boyard. At low tide, fishing is practicable.

Côte Ouest 17123 Île-d'Aix
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Beach of Anse de la Croix

Ideal beach for sunbathing or swimming in the sea.
Overlooking the lighthouse of the island of Aix, this charming beach is located near the pier. Its intimate looks and its panorama of Fort Boyard make it a pleasant place to swim. Sandy beach, accessible to any tide, with a unique view of Fort Boyard.

Anse de la Croix 17123 Île-d'Aix
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Batterie de Jamblet

The Jamblet battery helped to protect the Rochefort arsenal and the harbour. The fortification presents a museum space to discover the military role of the island of Aix in the defence of Rochefort and its arsenal.
The Jamblet battery helped to protect the Rochefort arsenal and the harbour where the warships anchored. A simple 2-gun battery in 1756, the battery was destroyed by the English in 1757. Under the Consulate and the Empire (1799-1815), the whole defence of the Aix harbour was rethought and the Jamblet battery was rebuilt. In use until 1926, it was abandoned after the Second World War.


The fortification presents a museum space to discover the military role of the island of Aix in the defence of Rochefort and its arsenal.

Jamblet 17123 Île-d'Aix
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Library of the Isle of Aix

Culture and library for all.
Culture and library for all (departmental association).

5,000 books available, more than a third of which are intended for young children and teenagers.

chemin du Bois Joly 17123 Île-d'Aix
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Cercle Nautique de l'Ile d'Aix : sailing school

French Sailing School.
The "Cercle Nautique de l'Ile d'Aix" is a sailing club welcoming you to a wide range of sailing activities!
-> First trip: an introduction to sailing of all kinds with an instructor
-> Sailing courses for ages 5 and over
-> Trimaran trip for 5 to 6 people (including instructor)
-> Introduction to the sea world: an educational visit to the foreshore
-> Groups welcome
-> Standup paddleboard, single or double kayak, Catamaran F1 rentals
Have fun with your family or friends.
The CNIA now has a MEGA SUP AIR (paddleboard for several people), available for rent from Monday to Saturday.

Fort de la rade 17123 Île-d'Aix
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