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.
A protected site.
If you are in or around Arcachon, be sure to check out the famed Ile aux Oiseaux or "Bird Island". This is a preserved and protected natural park dedicated to a variety of birds including egrets, curlews, sandpipers and teals. The island is also well known for its characteristic cabins on stilts and the numerous oyster farms that line the coast.
Careful not to get your socks wet…
The Biscarosse museum, created by Marie-Paule Vié Klaze, is entirely dedicated to the history of sea planes. Being the hometown of the Latécoère Sea Plane manufacture and testing headquarters, this commune will always be associated with these mighty craft.
This expo will feature a range of documents and objects rich with historic significance: archives, testimonies (of both pilots and engineers), scale models, photographs, paintings, uniforms, motors, rotor blades, spare parts, reconstituted cockpits, radio transmitters… And of course a handful of full-scale sea planes for you to discover.
The sea laid bare for all eyes.
Open since 1867, the Musée-Aquarium represents a two-fold interest for visitors. On the one hand there is the expansive and dream-like aquarium where local species (congers, sea horses, tortoises…) thrive alongside a few exotic species. The aquarium's displays are complete with photographs and short "factoid" texts that give information about a given species.
Alongside this fascinating world, the museum is a goldmine of information when it comes to zoology. It is specialised in local fauna (underwater as well as land-dwelling creatures), but also oyster farming, navigation (in particular in local waters) and local prehistory.