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Arcachon is a beach resort near Bordeaux in the Aquitaine region of Southwestern France. Truly, it is one of the most beautiful small towns of France.
Arcachon Rooftop Photo


Get in[edit]

Archachon is very easy to reach from Bordeaux. For budget travelers, there are plenty of daily trains leaving from Gare Saint-Jean in Bordeaux. Another cheaper alternative would be the buses leaving from bus stop in front of Gare Saint-Jean. It takes about 1 hour and half to reach Arcachon town.

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Lovely surroundings of Arcachon becomes horrendous in July if you try to get anywhere — it takes nearly 3 hours to get from Arcachon to Andernos-les-Bains in the early evenings. In fact, if you want to go anywhere in the area in summer, you'd better start early in the morning around 9AM. This is not a place for those preferring laziness in the mornings while on vacations.

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  • Dune du Pilat, (Bus From Arcachon, Line 1 at, [1]. Largest sand dune in Europe, you can climb the side or the stairs to its 107m-high peak. The long side faces the Atlantic, and there is a small cafe on the beach. Be careful if you are barefoot or in sandals, the sand gets pretty hot in the sun in June, July and August at noon hours.  edit
Green side of sand dune in Dune du Pilat
  • Walk in Ville d'Hiver: Ville d'hiver (meaning in French, winter town) is an astonishing neighborhood of Arcachon.

You might be surprised that just walking through this neighborhood is one of the attractions of tourist coming to the town. Very beautiful houses, each of them having a meaningful name, are actually individually a touristic attraction.



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While walking in Arcachon, there are many cloth shops, selling Arcachon costumes. The traditional women clothes are quite colorful, light, loose clothes. Tourists have been very interested to buy some during summer.

Arcachon Rooftop Photo

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  • Hotel Le B d'Arcachon (Hotel Arcachon), 4 rue du Professeur Jolyet (33 120 Arcachon), +33 5 56 83 99 91, [2]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11pm. The Hotel Le B d'Arcachon is located on the beach promenade and offers 56 rooms and 3 suites, some of them with a view over the bay and a bar "Le Bridge Bar". Its central location offers direct access to the city, the shopping area,the diverse attractions and the railway station.  edit
  • Hotel Villa-Lamartine (Hotel Villa-Lamartine Arcachon), 28 avenue Lamartine (33120 Arcachon), +33 5 56 83 95 77, [3]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12am. The Villa-Lamartine is a 3 stars Hotel, located in the Golden Triangle of Arcachon city center near shops, restaurants, beach and the railway station. It offers 18 confortable rooms and 6 luxury suites in a warm, quiet and elegant atmosphere with a private and secured parking, free wifi access. (44.66136177799676,-1.1673510074615479) edit


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