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Esplanade along the beach of Arcachon
Esplanade along the beach of Arcachon
Coat of arms of Arcachon
Coat of arms
Arcachon is located in France
Location in France
Arcachon is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Location in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Arcachon
Canton La Teste-de-Buch
Intercommunality Bassin d'Arcachon Sud-Pôle Atlantique
7.56 km2 (2.92 sq mi)
 • Density 1,371.7/km2 (3,553/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Arcachonnais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
33009 /33120
Elevation 0–45 m (0–148 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Arcachon (Arcaishon in Gascon) is a commune in the Gironde department in southwestern France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

It is a popular beach on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of Bordeaux in the Landes forest.


The commune of Arcachon has an area of 7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi), and its average altitude is 23 m (75 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 10 m (33 ft).

Arcachon and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Arcachon

The commune has to the south the La Teste de Buch commune and to the north the Arcachon Bay (French: Bassin d'Arcachon), a bay of the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of France.


The climate of Arcachon is Marine West Coast Climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.


The inhabitants of Arcachon are known, in French, as Arcachonnais (women: Arcachonnaises).

With a population of 10,370, Arcachon has a population density of 1,372 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Dax


Arcachon is a subprefecture of the Gironde department since December 2006 when the arrondissement of Arcachon was made.

Twin towns

Arcachon is twinned with:


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