The Arcachon Bassin & further afield

Life in the South West is a combination of festivities, tradition and gastronomy in a land of contrast and cultures.

The Arcachon Bassin is a centre of oyster farming. Every summer there is an Oyster Festival with tasting sessions, music, dinner dances and firework displays. The Bay is like a small inland sea and is a natural home for thousands of birds. The “Ile aux Oiseaux” is a protected island at it’s centre providing refuge to dozens of species.

Standing opposite one another the Banc d’Arguin sandbank and the Dune du Pyla are incredible sights.

The proximity of the ocean and the influence of the Gulf Stream warm the coastline. Winters are mild (5-7°C in January) and frosts are very rare. In summer the temperature averages 24-30°  and the cool ocean water makes swimming a real pleasure in July and August when temperatures can top 32-34°.

South of the Dune are the Atlantic Beaches, Biscarrosse and Biarritz all popular destinations for surfers. To the East are the wine regions of Bordeaux, beautiful villages like St Emilion, and the enchanting Chateau de Cazeneuve home of La Reine Margot and Henri IV.

Whether you prefer to relax on the beach, walk, cycle, engage in water sports, or to visit historic towns and cities, Pyla-sur-Mer is a perfect base for your holiday.