Arcachon (French: [aʁ.ka.ʃɔ̃] ; Arcaishon in Gascon) is a commune in the southwestern French department of Gironde. It is a popular seaside resort on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of Bordeaux, in the Landes forest.[not verified in body] It has a sandy beach and a mild climate said to be favourable for invalids suffering from pulmonary complaints. Arcachon is twinned with 5 cities.
|Intercommunality||Bassin d'Arcachon Sud|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Yves Foulon|
|7.56 km2 (2.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||0–45 m (0–148 ft) |
(avg. 8 m or 26 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
In 1857, Emperor Napoleon III signed an imperial decree declaring that Arcachon was now an autonomous municipality, coincidentally, the railway line extension from Bordeaux to Arcachon had been completed that same year. At that time, Arcachon was scarcely more than a forest of pine trees, oaks and strawberry trees (arbutus), with no road links and few real houses, with a population fewer than 400 people, mostly fishermen and peasants. In earlier years, when some hygienists began to recommend sea bathing, three sea establishments were laid out by investors to attract the Bordeaux bourgeoisie and other wealthy people. This was the beginning of a new lifestyle, and some of the locals got the opportunity to claim their independence from La Teste-de-Buch, which owned their properties, in order to found a "free" new town, Arcachon. Until 1950, tuberculosis patients also visited Arcachon for fresh-air treatments.
The historic populations of Arcachon from 1861 until 2008 appears in this table.
At its southern entrance from the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe's largest sand dune, the Dune du Pilat, nearly 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) long, 500 metres (1,600 feet) wide, reaching 110 metres (360 feet) in height, and moving inland at rate of 5 metres (16 feet) a year. Arcachon is one of the largest towns within the Landes forest, alongside Arcachon, Dax, and Mont-de-Marsan. The bay provides excellent conditions for growing oysters and around 175 hectares of the bay is dedicated to oyster farming.
The city enjoys a mild climate thanks to the gulf stream, a warm and swift Atlantic ocean current originating from the gulf of Mexico.
The nearest airport is Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport. The city is daily served by the TER Nouvelle-Aquitaine from Bordeaux and also by the TGV Atlantique from Paris on weekends. Public transportation is operated by buses. Boat excursions around Arcachon Bay are provided for tourism, and boat shuttles offer transport to Cap ferret, Dune du palat, Le Canon, Le Moulleau, Andernos and Banc D'Arguin.
- Humbert Balsan - film producer, was born in Arcachon in 1954.
- Carmen Bernos de Gasztold - poet, was born in Arcachon in 1919.
- Sylvie Caster writer and journalist, was born in Arcachon in 1952.
- Alexandre Dumas - writer, once lived in Arcachon's Ville d'Hiver.
- Ramón Emeterio Betances - Puerto Rican politician, spent close to six months at Arcachon shortly before his death in 1898.
- Jean Périsson - composer, was born here in 1924
- Louise Talma - composer, was born here in 1906.
- Charles Tournemire - composer-organist, died here in 1939.
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
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- "Dune du Pilat – Europe's Largest Sand Dune". The French Atlantic Coast.com. 2018.
- "Oyster farms". bateliers-arcachon.com. 2021.
- "Ville d'Arcachon". Annuaire Mairie.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Arcachon.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arcachon.|
- Official web site
- (in English) Dune du Pyla site
- Arcachon web site
- Aerial view of the Dune du Pilat
- Air photography of Arcachon
- Live Camera Arcachon