Once known for its oysters, Arcachon has become a lovely little beach resort, luring the well to do from nearby Bordeaux to its sunny, soft golden sands. Arcachon’s four quarters, named after the seasons, are dotted with pleasant little B&Bs, boutique hotels and a few larger chain offerings, so there’s plenty to choose from when considering the best places to stay in Arcachon.
Arcachon is a popular spot in summer - possibly because it’s so close to the Dune du Pilat: Europe’s largest sand dune. You can scuttle up the side to its peak, 107metres from the surrounding sand, or take the stairs. The longest slope faces the Atlantic and the views are quite something.
If you’re hoping for some French seaside character you’ll not be disappointed, Arcachon has some rather lovely 1950s villas which lend the town a bit of vintage charm. Many of them can be found in the Ville d’Hiver, the Winter Quarter, in their scattered groups of design styles from Gothic to colonnade.
Arcachon also has a small aquarium, a rather charming traditional red and white lighthouse and there are some fascinating oyster fishing paraphernalia, including the flat bottomed boats, to muck around with.
If you're planning a summer trip, don't forget to reserve well ahead. The best places to stay in Arcachon get snapped up very quickly!
Refurbished 17th century boutique hotel on the West coast of France. 12 chic and quiet rooms, with all the mod-cons and balconies. Spa and outdoor pool and a charming in-house restaurant. Perfect for couples who appreciate style.