Bassin d’Arcachon & Dune de Pilat

We woke up to find that due to the rain in the night we were now parked next to a lake and within half an hour of waking up, claimed its first victim.  To save his modesty I did not take a photo of him trying to pull his car back out of the water!

We drove from Taussat around the Bassin d’Arcachon to the town of Arcachon, passing through the harbour town of Gujan Mestras with plenty of restaurants giving you the opportunity to try the oysters from the Bassin d’Arcachon’s four oyster-breeding zones.

Arcachon has a sandy beach and a huge marina which we stopped to take a look at.  As we drove out of Arcachon through the area called Ville d’Hiver, we could see all the wonderfully decorated villas of which there are over 300.

On our way to Dune du Pilat, we drove through the very quaint and upmarket town of  Pyla-sur-Mer.  Dune du Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe, spreading up to almost 3km and the view from the top is magnificent.  You can see the sandbanks at the mouth of the Bassin d’Arcachon, across to Cap Ferret and the lighthouse and must be even more spectacular on a clear sunny day!

We continued south to an Aire at Capbreton.  We had just finished our dinner when we had a knock on our door and it was a guy from the UK who was on his own and seemed a bit lonely so I invited him back later for a drink.  We got chatting and Tony was inquisitive as to where he was parked in the Aire as he had looked around to find only one other English registered van which he had seen leaving the Aire earlier.  Tony described that van as a ‘beaten up old camper’ and the guy said, ‘that’s mine’ and explained that he had not left the Aire but that he had moved from one side of the Aire to the other!  Oops!  He was actually fine and didn’t take offence and explained that he had been living and travelling in the motorhome for the past 8 years.


Next stop Biarritz.

3 thoughts on “Bassin d’Arcachon & Dune de Pilat

  1. liz March 3, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    great pictures despite teh weather Rosie!


  2. John Lockyer March 3, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I see the weather has not improved much and you have resorted to inviting strange men into your van for drinks.Carol is convinced he must be a fugitve on the run from the police.Are you sure he was not lord lucan


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