Imagine to go back in time, when at the end of the ‘800, aristocrats spent their holidays at the beautiful Bay of Arcachon located in the south of Bordeaux (only 1 hour by train) on the French Atlantic coast and situated in the department of Aquitaine and Gironde. This place offers a wide variety of landscapes: exceptional architecture with its elegant 19th century villas decorated with delicate wood tracery. Arcachon is divided into different areas: the ‘Ville d’Eté’ (Summer City) corresponds to the bottom of the town and the seaside, the top of the town to the ‘Ville d’Hiver’ (Winter City) and the West and East to the ‘Ville de Printemps’ (Spring City) and ‘Ville d’Automne’ (Autumn City).
Arcachon was and still is a popular resort for balneotherapy. The little coastal town has a sandy beach and picturesque villas, in a Victorian style of architecture. The town is also known for its mild climate, lovely to have long afternoon walks on the beach, taking sun and swim in the cold waters of the Ocean.
What to do in Arcachon? The Saint Cecile observation tower, completed in 1863 by Paul Regnauld and assisted by Eiffel, is one of the landmarks of the city.
Test your luck at the beautiful Moorish-style Casino, that was built to entertain rich patients and their visitors and now still is an attraction for the city.
Take time for visiting the Dune du Pyla, the highest dune in Europe surrounded by pine forests. We saw it from the sea, during our boat trip.
Little shopping never killed nobody, several shops welcome you in the streets of the city center where you can find really good products, from clothes, to shoes and much more!