Situated between the city of Bordeaux and the wine country, the valley of the Arcachon River is a haven of rural calm within reach of a dynamic city life. The Arcachon’s bay is a fascinating world with multiple landscapes: oyster ports, sandy beaches, pine forests, a famous peninsula and the highest dune in Europe. It is a favourite destination to relax and have fun while enjoying the pleasures of the sea.
Our tour will explore this contrast by starting off in the Cap Ferret peninsula, an area which proudly retains abundant natural beauty while playing host to a wide variety of celebrities from the world of French television, cinema, music, etc.
During your visit of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will meander through typical fishing villages such as L’Herbe, Piraillan, and Le Canon, stopping for some oysters in a charming local cabin on stilts. Come for a stroll, enjoy a couple of oysters and meet the oyster farmers who will gladly share their passion with you.
Another option is a visit of this area by sea, aboard a local “Pinasse” boat, but one especially outfitted for your comfort. From your chic, yet exotic “Pinasse”, you will moor at places of pure natural beauty, only accessible by water, such as the Arguin embankment, the Bird Island (“The Île aux Oiseaux“) and the stilted cabins (“The Cabanes Tchanquées“) perched alongside the inlet. The two wooden huts on stilts stand proudly in the heart of this protected natural site. Originally built for supervising the oyster farms, they are no longer open to the public and cannot be visited on the inside. The Cabanes Tchanquées stand alone and are surrounded by water with the changing tides. You will also be able to enjoy some local gastronomic specialties along the way.