The most beautiful views of the Arcachon Basin

The Arcachon Basin is a small corner of paradise that offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in France. From the Dune du Pilat to the tip of Cape Ferret, you’ll have to keep your eyes open… So you don’t miss out on the show during your stay.

Views at the end of the land

In the heights of La Corniche hides a wooden staircase that runs through a pine forest. Its positioning offers an exceptional location and an incredible point of view on the Basin, the Peninsula of Cape Ferret and the Banc d’Arguin. At the end of the day when the sun sets behind the sea, you will have the chance to observe an array of pastel colors. In addition to enjoying a magnificent view along the promenade, the Corniche staircase offers the possibility to reach directly the Dune du Pilat.

Arcachon basin views
The Arcachon Basin offers a variety of views.

A few kilometres away is the Observatory of Saint Cecilia. A tower at a height of twenty-five meters that was built in 1863. Thus, at its summit, it reveals a stunning 360-degree view of the city of Arcachon against the backdrop of the sea. It also connects the dunes of St. Paul and St. Cecilia, via the St. Paul’s Bridge. The walk takes place over the city of Winter and the Moorish Park.

At the edge of a wooden footbridge, between land and sea… Thiers Pier offers unobstructed views of the entire Basin. Located not far from the heart of Arcachon, it crosses the beach to overlook the water. It also offers the possibility of taking a boat for an excursion in the open sea.

Observation points to meet nature

Classified as a national nature reserve, the Banc d’Arguin is a natural gem of the Basin. Located between the tip of Cape Ferret and at the foot of the Dune du Pilat, it stretches for four kilometres. To get there you will have to rent a boat. There, nestled between the clear waters and a wildlife that is home to birds, enjoy a moment suspended in time.

Nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world by some, the Dune du Pilat, the highest dune in Europe, offers a stunning spectacle. It is a hundred and seven metres high. Whether it’s the sunrise, or the sunset, the idyllic setting delights all the curious. The décor is rich, especially with a 360-degree view of the Basin and forest of the Landes of Biscay.

Finally, for a view that you can enjoy all day, Pereire beach is ideal. At low tide, many birds come to land to drink quietly and sandbanks are drawn. This beach actually is one of the largest in Arcachon. In addition, it has a view of the Cape Ferretpeninsula. Many activities are offered such as the possibility to ride a bike but also to walk there.

The Arcachon Basin is then a haven of peace where nature is put on a show for the pleasure of the eyes. Indeed, at the turn of a walk is necessarily a stunning panorama.