Arcachon (France)

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Europe Rivers

Coordinates
44.65963 N, -1.17816 W

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Arcachon (Arcaishon in Gascon) is a commune in Gironde department, southwestern France. Arcachon is a popular Atlantic coast's bathing location, 55 kilometres (34 miles) southwest of Bordeaux in Landes forest. It boasts a fine beach and mild climate said to be favourable for people suffering from pulmonary complaints. 

Arcachon is known for its villa "Arcachonnaise", which is the architectural style of lots of the older houses built here. It is a Victorian architecture type that was criticized for generations, but is currently considered to be charming.

The city of Arcachon is 150 years old. It has a total area is 7.56 km2 (2.92 ml2) population of 11,790 people. Not long before May 2, 1857 when Emperor Napoleon III signed the official "birth certificate" of Arcachon, it was a forest of oaks, pine trees and strawberry trees, with no road links, home (when the weather was expected to be warm) to fewer than 400 people, peasants and fishermen. In earlier years, when hygienists started to recommend sea bathing, 3 sea establishments were laid by some entrepreneurs for the Bordeaux bourgeoisie. It was the beginning of new lifestyle, and some locals got the opportunity to claim independence from La Teste-de-Buch, that owned their properties, to found the "free" new town of Arcachon.

At the southern entrance from the Atlantic, Arcachon Bay is crowned by the largest sand dune in Europe, Dune du Pilat, about 3 km (1.9 miles) long, 500 m (1,600 feet) wide, reaching 110 m (360 feet) in height, and moving inland by 5 m (16 feet) per year. The area is served by TGV Atlantique and Bordeaux Merignac Airport.

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