Train to the Seaside Town of Archachon – including a boat trip along the coast.

Arcachon is 55 km south-west of Bordeaux. ¬†If ¬†you go on the weekend it’s possible to get the train there & back but mid week there is only a train late in the afternoon – maybe 1 there early in the morning? ¬†Anyway by the time we left Bordeaux (from the railway station mid week) it was 10am and they had a bus service. ¬†It was ok but stopped frequently & took almost twice as long as the return train trip – only about 40 min. ¬†We arrived, booked ourselves onto a small boat trip (see photos) at 2pm and then had time for a light lunch at a cafe in the little town – baguette, cheese, tomato, ham…was the 1st time we encountered no English so ensure you can read the basics from a French menu if you go. ¬†I plan on putting some basic recipes with translations into the “food” category…1 day! ¬†(Fun thing for our grandkids to learn:). ¬† ¬†For now here are some photos…

Dune du Pilat can be visisted from Arcachon. ¬†After reading Trip Advisor it sounds like a long day if you’re driving and the car parking arrangements aren’t great? ¬†Consequently we decided on a boat trip from the pier in Arcachon (see other photos). Our boat trip just cruised past but that was enough for us as the thought of climbing over sand dunes on quite a warm day didn’t appeal to us. From the boat it appeared that they’re not as spectacular as the Sydney’s sand dunes I remember…that was back in the 60s so I might be wrong of course! ¬†Anyway, we hoped that we would get a lot closer to this sand dune (even get off the boat near the dunes) – that didn’t happen (maybe longer boat trips allow that?). ¬†Our boat was about 500 m away from shore. However, on reading the other reviews, we’re glad we didn’t go by bus or car as the traffic sounds bad. Of particular concern was the theft that occurred from someone’s car. If you’re paying to park you would hope for better security?

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This photo was where we had lunch in Arcachon before we went on the 1+ hr boat trip.  The interior of the place felt like a cross between 1 of our ordinary, old style cafeteria/football clubs but the outdoor space was pleasant.  The food (some buffet style) looked heavy (mostly French families and tourists it seemed) but we just had their beautifully fresh baguettes with fromage, jambon, etc!  Delicious!

More Arcachon photos…

One of the main points of interest near Arcachon are the famous dunes.  As a child I often visited Kurnell sand dunes (massive & memories of heat!) so we decided to just view them here from the boat Рwe enjoyed that!

More on Arcachon from Net – Lonely Planet…

A long-time oyster-harvesting area on the south side of the tranquil, triangular Bassin d’Arcachon (Arcachon Bay), this seaside town lured bourgeois Bordelaise at the end of the 19th century. Its four little quarters are romantically named for each of the seasons, with villas that evoke the town’s golden past amid a scattering of 1950s architecture.

Arcachon’s generous swathe of golden-sand beach seethes with sun-seekers in summer, but there are plenty of equally sandy but less-crowded beaches, including the lovely Plage des Arbousiers, just a short bike ride away.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/southwestern-france/arcachon/introduction#ixzz4SgpsW8jn
Of course with the Atlantic Ocean just down the Rd…

TRY THE LOCAL OYSTERS & seafood of Marche des Capucins (a 25 min walk from centre of Bordeaux or a 3 min taxi)