Arcachon Bay is known locally as 'le Bassin' and features a scenic peninsula, sandy shores and harbours in all directions. We spent three nights here, partly biding our time before heading south for a predicted swell.
We started in Ares on the north shore of the basin. It was tempting to stay in town for the free wifi but we drove on to bed down on a remote part of the shore. Ares was calming and more in tune with nature than shopping which suited us.
Our way led to the formidable Dune Du Pyla, a worthy stop when the surf is flat. The Panorama du Pyla campsite was ace with the best dune access and fantastic views. The area is popular with hundreds of Paraglider's. We had to dodge some beginners bouncing around the giant sandbox like drunk geese waiting for the wind to thrust them down the coast. It was a beautiful sight to see so many colours against the blue sky.
Before leaving we had to stop in Arcachon for lunch. We hobbled off the dune past a 5*hotel just as a tour of super cars were making their entrance. We drove our battered van into town, down the perfectly maintained and beautiful streets, with high expectations for Arcachon centre ville. After only three days in Arcachon there was a lot left undiscovered.