Where to go camping around the Arcachon basin? Top 5 best activities to discover
During your holiday in the captivating southwest of France, you will ample opportunity to visit the major emblematic sites around or in the heart of the Arcachon Bay. Discover the Dune du Pilat, the Banc d'Arguin, the Leyre delta, Saint Brice, Les Quinconces, le Coulin, île aux Oiseaux, the salt meadows at La Teste de Buch, the forest of the Landes of Gascony or of course, the sublime Pointe du Cap Ferret.
Climb the Dune of Pilat
Impressive in its size, the Dune du Pilat is a truly unmissable attraction while enjoying a camping holiday in Arcachon. A tourist spot par excellence, it’s a natural beauty to be contemplated and admired. Those who choose to climb it will be rewarded with stunning views over the green landscapes and the shimmering blue waters of the ocean that fade into the horizon.
Discover île aux Oiseaux
If you are spending your next holiday in and around Arcachon, don't hesitate to take a detour to île aux Oiseaux, otherwise known as Bird Island. On the islands, there are no less than 150 different species of birds! A real pleasure for nature lovers and avid avian fans, day-trippers can take advantage of a getaway to this little earthly paradise where they can really recharge their batteries.
Admire Landes Forest
With its legendary pines and its special atmosphere, Landes Forest is not to be missed. For a family walk or a romantic amble, its beauty will will win you over! By camping in Arcachon, you will have the opportunity to live in the heart of this green and pleasant natural landscape.
Explore the Pointe du Cap Ferret
At the tip of the peninsula, the vantage point of Pointe du Cap Ferret offers a unique panorama and the ideal place for daydreaming. The views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Arcachon Bay are legendary, especially if you get there in the early morning for sublime sunrises or late in the afternoon for dramatic sunsets.
Cool off in the Arcachon Bay
Arcachon, at the northern tip of Landes Forest is a world famous bay where several thousand visitors of all nationalities flock each year to admire the beauty of its authentic landscapes. Enjoy an outdoor escape here and you'll soon learn what all the fuss it about.
Arcachon: An ideal destination for any type of vacation
If the time for your next holiday is fast approaching, why not take advantage of a camping holiday in France to discover the beauty of Arcachon and its surroundings.
Campsites for families with children
Our campsites in Arcachon are perfect for family holidays, where you'll find exciting Kid's Clubs, swimming pools and ideal settings by the beach. Between recreational activities and relaxation, culture and cuisine, there's never a dull moment in Arcachon.
Camping for couples
Arcachon is, in essence, a romantic destination where countless numbers of marriage proposals have been made. Our campsites are ideal for couples who want a break from the hustle or bustle of daily life. At our romantic resorts, you can indulge in relaxation and swimming together, or spend well-earned time in an oasis of wellbeing offering spas, massages and more rejuvenating moments.
Camping with your dog
We have campsites in Arcachon that are happy to welcome holidaymakers who bring their dogs on a camping escape. Everything is in place so that your canine companions can also enjoy a fantastic holiday, with gorgeous places for lovely walks like Landes Forest.
The best 3, 4 and 5 star campsites near Arcachon
Would you like to book a campsite in Arcachon or the surrounding area? Here are our recommendations!
Camping by the sea
Arcachon's close proximity to the ocean remains one of the destination's best highlights. We'd highly recommend staying in one of our resorts by the sea so you can spend memorable moments on the sand and under the sun.
Campsites with a swimming pool
Booking a stay at a campsite with swimming pool in Arcachon is an astute decision, as the climate in summer is hot and the area is bathed in generous amounts of sunshine throughout the day.
5 star luxury campsites
If you want to enjoy a premium camping experience, give in to the temptation of a stay at one of our 5-star campsites. With wellness areas featuring spas, massages, first-rate entertainment and recreational activities, you'll never get bored at our 5-star campsites in Arcachon.
Our advice for an ideal camping holiday near Arcachon
Do you have questions about camping in Arcachon? Here's a few things you need to know before you start packing!
How much does it cost to go camping in Arcachon?
- Low season (March-June and September-November): our prices are very attractive in low season. Depending on the campsite and accommodation chosen around the Arcachon Bay, prices vary between £150/€170 and £700/€800 per week.
- High season (July - August): given the high demand on our campsites near Arcachon during this period, prices are higher.
We have a very wide selection of campsites to satisfy all budgets, in the most popular and most visited places around the Arcachon Basin. Regarding the prices, it all depends on what you are looking for.
What type of camping accommodation is available in Arcachon?
We offer different types of accommodation:
- Several ranges of mobile homes are available, at various prices.
- Several types of equipped tents offering an authentic stay, especially at La Forêt du Pilat.
- Other accommodations are also available, such as bungalows and pitches.
In our campsites around the Arcachon Bay, our accommodation caters for all budgets and all types of camping. You have the option to choose your preferences: air conditioning, TV, jacuzzi, sun terraces and much more.
What are the best things to do in Arcachon Bay?
Many activities await you when you go camping in Arcachon; here are a few of the best things to do:
- Stroll around the Cap Ferret peninsula
- Climb the Dune du Pilat
- Walk around île aux Oiseaux
- Kayak on the La Leyre River
- Discover oyster farming
- Cycling around the bay
- Rest and relax on one of many ocean beaches
- Explore the Arguin Bank
- Spend an afternoon in the amusement parks in Gujan-Mestras
- Visit authentic towns and villages: Lège-Cap Ferret, Andernos-les-Bains, Audenge, Biganos and Gujan-Mestras
What are the best campsites in Arcachon?
We have several quality campsites around the Arcachon Bay:
- La Forêt du Pilat, with direct access to the Dune du Pilat
- Mayotte Vacances 5*, 40 minutes from Arcachon
- La Rive 5*, 38 minutes from Arcachon
Our 5* campsites near the Arcachon Bay are fully equipped for comfortable holidays: aqua parks, high-end mobile homes, indoor swimming pools, wellness areas, restaurants, bars and much more.
When to go camping in Arcachon?
To take advantage of good weather and optimal water temperature, the best time to go camping around Arcachon is summer (July/August). This period is very touristy and many visitors come from all over Europe to enjoy the holidays with the kids.
Spring and fall also offer beautiful sunny days, with less tourists descending upon the destination making it an ideal time to visit. The prices, during this period, are also more attractive.
How to get to Arcachon?
The quickest and easiest way to get to Arcachon Bay from the UK and is by flying into Bordeaux Airport, with direct flights available from London. Flights requiring one stopover depart from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. From Ireland, one-stop flights to Bordeaux Airport depart from Cork and Dublin.
If you prefer to arrive at your holiday destination in France by car, you can make your way to Arcachon from all the usual ferry ports in the north of France such as Cherbourg, Saint Malo, Calais and Roscoff.
Which campsite in Arcachon should I choose?
We'd recommend choosing a campsite in Arcachon based on star rating, price and services.
Here are our nearby campsites:
What are the best campsites with a swimming pool in Arcachon?
Here is our selection of campsites with beautiful aquatic areas that include water slides, splash playgrounds, sun terraces, indoor swimming pools, paddling pools and wellness areas:
- Campsite Mayotte Vacances 5* 40 minutes from Arcachon Bay
- Campsite La Rive 5* campsite 38 minutes from Arcachon Bay
- Campsite Lou Broustaricq 4*, 30 minutes from Arcachon Bay
What are the best campsites by the sea in Arcachon?
For a stay by the sea near the Arcachon Bay, we recommend the following campsites:
- Campsite La Forêt du Pilat, with direct access to the Dune du Pilat
- Campsite Lou Broustaricq 4*, 500 metres from the ocean
Where to go camping as a couple in Arcachon?
As a couple, enjoy the wellness area of Mayotte Vacances, a 5* campsite 40 minutes from Arcachon. A resort in Biscarosse with direct access to the lake, a beautiful aquatic area, luxury mobile homes with private Jacuzzi and excellent services such as massages, beauty treatments and manicures await you.