One of the closest coastal resorts to UNESCO–listed Bordeaux, the lively beach town of Arcachon is famous for its plump, fresh Pacific oysters. Here are a few ways to explore the sun-drenched shores of the Côte d’Argent and savor the seafood flavors the locals love.
Visit one of the 350 local oyster farms (the oldest of which dates back to 1849), and sample fresh oysters accompanied by delicate French white wines.
Learn how oysters have been cultivated and harvested for centuries at the Oyster House in Larros port.
Work up an appetite with a hike to the top of Pyla Dune—the highest sand dune in France—and admire sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Arcachon, and the Landes forest.
Combine an oyster-tasting trip to Arcachon Bay with a wine-tasting tour of the Médoc region, and visit a château where Bordeaux wine is made.
The region’s oyster-farming villages host a number of summer oyster festivals when oyster stalls line the sidewalks and seafront restaurants serve up huge bowls of oysters, accompanied by a fine selection of Bordeaux’s white wines.