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Tourism in Arcachon

Today a renowned seaside resort, Arcachon was, only a hundred years ago, a small fishing port with only a few fishermen's cottages on the edge of the basin of the same name. After the arrival of the railway linking the resort to Bordeaux in 1841, the place went from being inaccessible to a new trendy destination.

With the opening of a sea bathing establishment by a local sailor in 1823 and the discovery of the Sainte-Anne des Abatilles thermal spring in 1921, the town definitely became a place of pleasure and relaxation for rather wealthy customers. The first villas, for which Arcachon is now famous, were also built during this period. The motto created by its first mayor therefore takes on its full meaning: Yesterday desert, today village, tomorrow city.

This town in southwest France, on the Atlantic Ocean, has a rich architectural heritage that dazzles the eyes of experts and novices alike. Indeed, the villas built during the city's emergence, constitute a district known as the "winter city". The villas, with their diverse and varied styles, highlight the diversity and plurality of architectural movements. There are buildings in the neo-Gothic, Art Deco, English cottage, Swiss chalet and neoclassical styles. One of them, the Villa Teresa, is listed as an historical monument.

This former fishing village is best known for its beautiful sandy beaches and the calm waters of the basin, which provide an ideal environment for all kinds of water sports. You can try your hand at kitesurfing, stand up paddling, sailing or even diving. For a different kind of outdoor fun, the town also offers a range of sports activities: beach volleyball, beach horse riding, tennis, fencing and golf.
The streets of Arcachon are vibrant, they are particularly animated by the nightclubs, bars and restaurants where it is not uncommon to see seafood platters garnished with products from the region. The resort is trying to keep traces of its fishing past, especially by allowing visitors to discover its fish market. It is possible to fully immerse yourself in this style of sale and this lively fisherman's world thanks to the guided tour offered by the town.

The multitude of activities offered in Arcachon has won over more and more visitors over the years, as there are many possibilities for entertainment. Shopping lovers can wander the town's shopping streets and try to find treasures in the seaside boutiques. Gambling fans have the opportunity to visit the beach casino and gamble in a unique setting: the Deganne castle. Finally, those who are keen on breathtaking panoramas can go to the Sainte Cécile belvedere and enjoy the stunning view over the basin.

Going to Arcachon is also an opportunity to go and walk the Dune du Pilat, the highest dune in Europe. Located about ten kilometres from the Bay, this 110-metre-high natural monument can be explored entirely on foot. Several circuits are proposed; one of 3 km and one of 6,5 km depending on your desire and your endurance. Cap Ferret is also a must-see destination when visiting Arcachon. We recommend that you go to La Pointe, where you will get a feeling of being at the end of the world, far from the noise of the city.

Arcachon and seasonal rentals

Thanks to its reputation, Arcachon attracts a lot of tourists during the summer period. The popularity of the town and its events explain the occupancy rate of the rentals which varies between 13% in January and 87% in August for an average occupancy rate of 61% throughout the year.

The city has no less than 2,500 holiday rentals, 54% of which are on the Airbnb rental platform. The annual average price of a night's stay is 111 euros, which varies from a minimum of 98 euros in March to a peak in August with an average nightly price of 130 euros.

The majority of the accommodation are one- and two-bedroom flats for rent. Indeed, 38% of the accommodation are one-bedroom flats and 26% are two-bedrooms flats. These types of rentals are mainly located on the beach and allow travellers to take full advantage of the activities and entertainment offered by the town.

The occupation of the accommodation is relatively heterogeneous. In fact, seasonal renters tend to stay for 2 nights (25%), as much as they are inclined to stay for 4 to 6 nights (25%). Arcachon's environment is also propitious to longer stays, with 23% of seasonal renters staying between 7 and 29 nights.

In terms of income for seasonal accommodation owners, rentals in Arcachon bring in an average of 1400 euros per month. This figure varies throughout the year: in January the average income is 395 euros per month and in August it reaches 2540 euros per month.


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