Holiday in Arcachon : Practical information about Arcachon

ARCACHON IN A FEW :  

Located in the south-west of the city of Bordeaux, the Bassin d'Arcachon is in the heart of the largest pine forest in Europe, between the Gironde estuary and the Spanish border. It is an ideal place for tourism and it is easy to find a holiday rental in the Bassin d'Arcachon because the offer is abundant: hotels, rentals of accommodation in Arcachon with the particulars, bed and breakfast, camping ... The whole of the Arcachon basin constitutes a privileged zone for the surrounding flora and fauna, a haven of peace for the birds, a passing place of the migratory birds towards Africa, but also a shelter for the fishes and other marine animals.


HOW TO GET THERE ?


The Bassin d'Arcachon is accessible by all means of transport. By car, plane, train or boat, you will always find a quick way to reach this little corner of paradise in the south west of France.To reach Arcachon, the seaside town of the basin:


Car: Take the motorway Bordeaux-Bayonne then take the Arcachon fork. Bordeaux rocade-Arcachon = 65 km, 40 minutes on average.From Paris: A10 Paris / BordeauxFrom Toulouse: A62 to Bordeaux then A660 towards Arcachon (toll-free section)From Lyon: A89 to Bordeaux then A660 towards Arcachon (toll-free section)From Biarritz: A63 direction Bordeaux then A660 direction Arcachon (toll-free section)Itinerary bis: From Bordeaux, the Bassin d'Arcachon is less than an hour by the N250 direct route.


Railway station: A TGV connection with the train station of Paris Montparnasse serves daily the Bassin d'Arcachon (Biganos and Arcachon Factory Stations).Several TER connections with Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station also take place every day.List of SNCF stations in the Basin:Biganos Factory / Le Teich / Gujan-Mestras / La Hume (Gujan-Mestras) / La Teste de Buch / ArcachonSite of the TER Aquitaine or site of the SNCF.


Airport: Numerous regional, national and international airlines serve the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport daily (45 minutes from the Basin by car).Information, rates and reservations: Bordeaux-Mérignac International AirportSuch. 05 56 34 50 00Site of Bordeaux Airport.


Bus: The General Council of Gironde has set up a single fare of € 4 round trip for all bus lines. Two lines serve the Basin:

Line 601: Bordeaux - Lège-Cap Ferret Cities served: Bordeaux, Mérignac, St Jean d'Illac, Lanton, Andernos-Les-Bains, Ares and Lège-Cap-Ferret.Line 610: Belin Beliet - Andernos-les-Bains Cities served: Belin-Beliet, Salles, Mios, Biganos, Audenge, Lanton, Andernos-Les-Bains.Website of the TransGironde Network.


WHEN SHOULD I COME ?


Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon is bathed in the mild oceanic climate and the Gulfstream. The 2,200 hours of sunshine per year bring the Mediterranean region closer to the south. The elegant city reveals its charms throughout the year: in summer, its unique position between ocean, ponds, forests and pine forests, makes of it a very privileged natural site; in the winter, its charming villas contain the memory of the Belle Epoque.



DRAWBACKS

Winter is limited to December, January and February but it can be cool in Arcachon and beware of cold winds that can quickly bring down temperatures. But the wind has an advantage, that of chasing the clouds to make way for the beautiful weather!