Arcachon is the largest town in the place the French call Le Bassin D'Arcachon. It's almost completely closed off by a circular bay that seems to form a lake, but if you look closely you'll see that it's actually open to the Atlantic at its southern end near the Arcachon side. This bay is famous for being one of the most famous tourist attractions in France, especially in the summer when its streets, beaches, and restaurants become busy with people. However, another thing that makes this place famous is its delicious oysters! There are a lot of different kinds and different flavors to choose from. The entire bay is surrounded by fishing villages and oyster beds, for me turned out to be a lovely place to stroll by and admire its stately homes on the edge of the beach to remember better times and a special charm of past centuries. The only downside is that in summer as night falls there are millions of small flies which for me proved a bit overwhelming, but people looked very customary
The Shrine of Our Lady of Arcachon was founded by Fray Tomas Illyricum,who was born in Illyria on the shores of the Adriatic, so his name of Illyricum. He came to France, where from 1516-1522 he devoted himself to making many journeys in order to preach. Tiring of this work, he retired, seeking peace in the forests of Arcachon. One day by the sea, he saw two ships adrift without control in the middle of a big storm. The hermit knelt in the sand and traced the sign of the cross and asked God to save the sailors. His pleas were heard and the sea calmed the two ships could put out to sea again. Continuing on the shore and thanking his blessing, he saw the waves at his feet had left an image of Our Lady which he placed in a small wooden chapel, being size of that of today. The original chapel was destroyed by a storm on January 16, 1624. Rebuilt in 1721 and buried by the sand. The third chapel is that which is there today, it was erected in 1722 and restored in 1973. However it was the object of a fire on 8 January 1986 and was again restored and reopened 25 March 1987. On the walls in the chapel you can see many small plaques of thanks left by sailors who have ever been saved from the raging of the sea.
Attached to the Chapel of the Marines, the church of Our Lady of Arcachon, who on March 9, 1953 was elevated to the rank of Minor Basilica by Pope Pius XII. A Gothic building built between 1856 and 1861 and widened in 1884. Three naves, a length of 45 meters and a 45 meter bell tower, which was being restored during our visit. Inside, among other images, you can see a replica of the Virgin of Arcachon.
With the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Landes forest to the south, the Bassin d'Arcachon is a true interior sea that opens up to the Bay of Biscay. This is a beautifully well preserved little hideaway in this environment, which is home to a lot of different species of plants and animals, so it can be classified as a nature preserve. It is a place not to be missed.
This is an impressive sand dune located along sea on one side and dense forest on the other. It has some stunning views, site in the sea where oysters are grown near the town of Arcachon, in the middle of nowhere. Hope you like