The history of the Mauresque park

Created by the railway company during the Second Empire, the Moorish park is an immense jewel of greenery of four hectares. Located between the district of the Ville d’Hiver and the Observatory of Sainte Cécile, it harbors an unusual history.

The park in the time of the casino

Ceded to the city in 1879, the Mauresque Park is renowned as the casino it housed at the time. Built in 1863, the Moorish Casino very quickly became a mecca for the twentieth century bourgeoisie where the nouveau riche came to spend social evenings. If the casino is no longer visible today, it is because of a tragic fire that destroyed it a hundred years later, in 1977. In place of the old building, there is now a blue pinnacle, a strong symbol of the city of Arcachon.

The park’s garden and its style are above all inspired by English gardens, with irregular shapes. It wants to be a landscape before being a garden and reflects nature in every way: wild and free.

The park over the years …

In 1987, a rose garden was added to the park. Today it has over six hundred roses and is one of the places to stop to enjoy the gems of the garden. It was later, in 1992, that two landscapers reworked and transformed the park into a botanical garden.

Today, it is an essential place to visit the city of Arcachon. From the heart of the Ville d’Hiver, a district closely linked to the history of the park, you can take the lift which will drop you directly into the heart of the park. You will then have to let yourself be carried away by its flowery paths, its plants and exotic plants. The park offers a breathtaking plant heritage which contributes to its fame.

Over time, the park becomes famous for its lift but also its 19th century kiosk which will be a perfect place to take a break during a stroll. It sometimes hosts gatherings with friends or even summer music groups that add a festive touch.

A little further in the park is a large patio where benches allow you to enjoy the landscape in peace. A waterfall is located in its center and cools the atmosphere on summer days. An ideal setting in which to recharge your batteries during your holidays in Arcachon.

The Winter Town, a district linked to the history of the park

The district is particularly known for its villas, some more extravagant than others like the Trocadéro villas or even Alexandre Dumas. The history of this district begins with a real estate project in 1860. The idea was to build picturesque villas to give a special atmosphere to the city of Arcachon. The architecture bears witness to this, as they mix with constructions of Gothic, neo-Gothic but also Moorish architecture.

Very frequented by the English in the 19th century, the area is home to a magnificent Anglican church which has now become a Reformed temple. At the foot of this church a square was built where many palm trees have been planted. It used to be called the Place des Palmiers, today it is a quiet and soothing place to rest and read a book.

Not far from there, the Sainte Cécile observatory is a twenty-five meter high tower which dominates the Winter Town. It offers a splendid 360 ° view over the city of Arcachon and the Basin. The Saint Paul footbridge which connects the Saint Paul dune to the Sainte Cécile dune is also to be taken. It makes it possible to highlight the real natural gems that make up the wealth of the Ville d’Hiver district.

The Mauresque park, more than 150 years old, is today a famous passage in the city of Arcachon. It contributes to the beauty of the landscape and the tranquility of the city. He is an air bubble, rich in history.