Depending on tides, the surface area of theîle aux Oiseaux changes from five kilometres to 16 kilometres in circumference. As its name suggests, Bird Island in the Arcachon basin is home to numerous species of birds whatever the season.
While humans have never really lived on theisland, they learned how to exploit its natural resources very early on. The terrain is perfect for grazing, foraging, hunting and fishing and these days all activities on theisland are regulated. The silhouettes of the cabanes tchanquées, or cabins on stilts, are a symbol of theisland for many people.
Arcachon beach extends over 800 m along a waterfront promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. Located very close to the Arcachon city centre, this beach has been very popular since the 19th century.
Swimming, sunbathing, sand castle contests, beach volleyball players and passionate idylls are the features of this finely sanded beach with its scattering of small blue and white cabins.