Arcachon is a popular place for holiday makers and tourists on the Gironde coast. It lies on the Bassin d'Arcachon. It is on the Bassin d'Arcachon, less than half an hour from Bordeaux. From the Boulevard, where it is always pleasantly busy, you have a beautiful view over the basin. Behind it lies the headland with Le Cap Ferret, the favorite place of French film and TV stars who live along the Bassin in expensive villas.
Arcachon is a beautiful place: terraces, boutiques, the sun, sea and beach, it's all there.
The Development of Arcachon; Currently a Holiday Destination
Around 1860, Arcachon was no more than a fishing town. That was all until the railroad was built to develop the fishing village. During this time, swimming in the seas also started to become fashionable. Two bankers from Bordeaux bought a piece of dune at Arcachon and developed a casino, large villas, shops and places to go out. This had great appeal to the rich at that time. Since they mainly stayed home in the winter, the winter city (ville d’hiver) was created. Rich citizens could safely recuperate here during the winter in the fresh and pure sea air.
The Division of Arcachon into 4 Seasonal Neighborhoods
Over the years, the city has grown enormously and has therefore been divided into 4 districts. The names are related to the 4 seasons: "Ville de printemps" - "Ville d'automne" - "Ville d'été" - "Ville d'hiver"