1. Soak up the atmosphere of the Bassin;
The Bassin d’Arcachon is an area of great natural beauty close to Bordeaux - and a seafood-lover’s paradise! The waters of the Bassin are protected from the Atlantic surf by the Cap Ferret peninsula, creating the perfect conditions for oyster-farming and fishing.
Traditional villages are dotted around the Bassin and each of these has its own unique character and traditions. The oyster-farming villages have grown up around their own ports which still form the hub of the local community. The boats use the ports as the base for their fishing trips and they are also home to dozens of local producers, many of whom offer tastings and sell direct to the public from their cabins.
2. Learn about the fishing techniques;
Many of the ports are home to boats which take visitors out into the bay, either with a local fisherman or to see the oyster-farmers at work. You can take a guided tour to see how oysters are harvested and learn about the traditional techniques used to farm them. Many of these techniques are centuries old and have been passed down through generations of sea-faring families. There is a museum dedicated to the history of "ostréiculture" in Andernos-les-Bains which is well worth a visit - the building itself is as authentic as the industry it represents:
3. Relax over a fresh platter of fruits de mer!
Local producers offer a chance to indulge in the freshly-caught seafood delicacies which are one of the highlights of a stay in this area. Tastings are possible in most of the oyster-farming villages on the bay including Andernos-les-Bains, Cloauey, Piraillan, Le Canon, l’Herbe and Cap Ferret itself. Have a look here at some of the top recommendations for eating out in this area - a little moment of pause to enjoy the surroundings and the unsurpassed taste of fresh seafood!
Alternative Aquitaine offers a variety of fantastic accommodation in this area ranging from private villas with pools to smaller apartments. Why not make the Bassin d'Arcachon the base for your exploration of this beautiful and diverse part of the south-west France coastline?
For further information and advice on the Bassin d'Arcachon, call Justin, Alex or Bethan in our UK office +44 (0)1395 576655, contact us via the website or live chat with us during office hours.
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