We are counting the days left until summer around Arcachon Bay.

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Le printemps est sans doute la meilleure saison pour découvrir la dune du Pilat dominant le bassin d'Arcachon.
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 24 October 2023, updated on 22 May 2024

The sun is out. The days are longer. But there’s still no crowds or traffic jams. Keep it to yourself, but spring is the best season to be in Arcachon Bay... as well as the three others.

1 tandem + 3 bikes + 1 trailer + 6 helmets

From the beautiful villas of Arcachon built at the end of the 19th century to the fresh pine forests of Cap Ferret, passing through the oyster farming villages, your tribe will not be able to get lost: just follow the numerous bicycle paths. In total, the Arcachon basin has 15 circuits and 220 km of marked routes: a real treat for bike lovers.

You + The waves + The horizon

You have reached the very end of the Cap Ferret point. The Arcachon basin joins the ocean. The winds and currents are racing. If you wanted to start meditating, this is the time to let go while contemplating the horizon and listening to the sound of the waves. Yoga and pilates on the beach are also available.

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12 oysters x 2 hearts

A few tables. Awnings here and there. Superb views. At Cabanes de la Conche, the menu is very simple: oysters, oysters, and more oysters. And they’re even better this season.

La Pinasse + A picnic + Some friends

Depuis le Cap Ferret, vue sur le bassin d'Arcachon
© Eric Cowez / Istockphoto - Depuis le Cap Ferret, vue sur le bassin d'Arcachon

If it’s not summer yet, it already feels like it. At the helm of a boat christened “Pinasse” you cross the bay, sailing for the island with the birds and cabins on stilts.

The Pinasses of the Bassin d'Arcachon and Cap Ferret

The thrill of flight x The beautiful view

En parapente au-dessus de la dune
© Frances Valdes / Istockphoto - En parapente au-dessus de la dune

You trudged all the way up in the sand. There’s no question of chickening out. Your paraglider takes off, and you’re flying above the Pilat Dune, the Banc d’Arguin, and the pine forests. Unforgettable.

Beach x (authenticity + charm)

Les ruelles colorées du village de l'Herbe
© Anthony Sejourne / Istockphoto - Les ruelles colorées du village de l'Herbe

Some places just make you want to leave everything else behind. Take care, because L’Herbe village is one of them, with its fisherman’s huts, colourful shutters, and pretty little lanes and beaches at every corner.

Orientalism x Architectural folly

Au Cap Ferret, la chapelle de la Villa algérienne
© Eric Cowez / Istockphoto - Au Cap Ferret, la chapelle de la Villa algérienne

You can visit it, of course. But you can also go along it by boat. Neo-Moorish and polychrome, the whimsical chapel of the Algerian Villa stands out, exotic, on the tongue of sand and pine trees of Cap Ferret. It is the only remnant of the work built by Leon Lesca between 1865 and 1885, a French industrialist considered the founder of Cap Ferret.

Beautiful terraces + Peace and quiet

L'art de vivre en douceur au bassin d'Arcachon
© Eric Cowez / Istockphoto - L'art de vivre en douceur au bassin d'Arcachon

As soon as it hits June the restaurants are packed. But on this fine spring day on the chic terraces in Moulleau there’s just you, your sunglasses, and a few celebs keeping it low-key.

By Émilie Guilhen

Copywriter and copy editor in Paris.

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