Explore the Arcachon Basin Zoo
Situated in the heart of the Landes de Gascogne, the Arcachon basin is a vast lagoon that opens onto the ocean, and is one of the most popular sites on the Atlantic coast for its natural beauty and diversity. Just 24 kilometers from the Arcachon Basin Zoo is the 4-star Lou Broustaricq campsite, offering the perfect setting to recharge your batteries in the heart of nature, while also serving as an ideal base from which to explore the treasures of the Arcachon Basin.
Discover the zoo
The Arcachon Basin Zoo, located in the commune of Teste-de-Buch, is just 14 km from the Lou Broustaricq campsite. Occupying a 22-hectare site, it is home to a variety of magnificent animals from different parts of the world. Here you’ll find over 900 species of animal, including elephants, giraffes, Indian rhinoceroses, Bornean orangutans, snow leopards and many more!
Activities at the zoo
The Arcachon Basin Zoo offers a wide range of activities, including guided tours and educational events where you can watch the animals being fed.
The Arcachon Basin Zoo also offers visitors the chance to become a “soigneur d’un jour” or “soigneur d’un soir”. You’ll experience an emotionally-charged moment as you discover the job of animal caretaker. This unique experience will allow you to prepare and distribute food rations to the animals, visit the African plain and get up close and personal with your favorite animals.
Your vacation around the Arcachon basin
A trip to the Arcachon Basin Zoo is a rewarding exploration, combining wild nature, historical heritage and seaside ambience. Here are a few must-see places and activities to discover different facets of this coastal jewel:
La Dune du Pilat
Less than 25 km from the Lou Broustaricq campsite, the 110-meter-high Dune du Pilat at the entrance to the Arcachon Basin lies between the Landaise pine forest and the Atlantic Ocean, creating a striking contrast between the different ecosystems. Hikers and nature lovers can climb to the top of the dune for spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Cross the Arcachon basin to Cap Ferret, a vibrant peninsula known for its beaches, fishing villages and iconic lighthouse. You can rent a bike to reach the Pointe du Cap Ferret and explore the area at your own pace along cycle paths shaded by maritime pines, or drive around the basin. Allow around 1h30 from the Lou Broustaricq campsite in Cap Ferret.
Cabanes tchanquées on Île aux Oiseaux
Take a boat to Ile aux Oiseaux, in the center of the Arcachon basin. The boat trip lasts between 1h45 and 2h, during which you can admire the cabanes tchanquées (cabins built on stilts), typical of the Arcachon Basin and one of the Gironde’s most emblematic landscapes.
The villages around the Bassin
Many of the villages around the Arcachon basin offer an authentic experience typical of the French Atlantic coast. Le Teich is a charming village on the eastern shore of the basin. It is particularly well known for its bird sanctuary, one of the largest in Europe.
Take a trip to Gujan-Mestras, to taste freshly harvested oysters in the oyster huts along the coast. If you’re a beach lover, Andernos-les-Bains is a popular seaside resort on the north shore of the Basin. Here you’ll find magnificent sandy beaches, ideal for swimming.
Campsite near the Arcachon Basin Zoo
Just a few kilometers from the Arcachon Basin Zoo, Camping Lou Broustaricq offers easy access to both animal discoveries thanks to its proximity to the Arcachon Basin Zoo and the region’s aquatic wonders. In the heart of the woods and surrounded by greenery, the campsite offers direct access to the lake, creating a setting conducive to relaxation and disconnection.
Your children can enjoy water sports on Lac de Sanguinet. The campsite also boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor pool areas and comfortable accommodation ranging from tent pitches to top-of-the-range mobile homes.
Camping Lou Broustaricq embodies the very essence of a well-balanced retreat near the Arcachon Basin Zoo, and offers the ideal location for a memorable vacation in the Landes.