Stick your toe in the wa­ter

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Like A Local -

One of Bordeaux’s charms is its prox­im­ity to the beaches of the Ar­ca­chon Bay. Even if you’re only here for the week­end, there’s time to dip your toe in the ocean. Trains de­part every hour from the city’s Gare Saint-jean to Ar­ca­chon, with a jour­ney time of be­tween 35 and 50 min­utes.

Stroll through the ma­rina, or take a trip across the bay on a Pinasse - the tra­di­tional flat-bot­tomed wooden boats used by lo­cal oys­ter-catch­ers. At high tide, you can ex­plore the tiny un­in­hab­ited l’ile aux oiseaux in the mid­dle of the bay, and ad­mire the two 18th cen­tury-style bathing cab­ins perched on tall stilts.

The bustling seafront strip is flanked by restau­rants serv­ing en­tic­ing plat­ters of fresh seafood. The Ville d’hiver is also worth ex­plor­ing - its 19th cen­tury hol­i­day vil­las are ex­em­plary of the bour­geois sea­side ar­chi­tec­ture of the day.

Stay: dou­bles at the bou­tique Hô­tel Ville d’hiver start from €145 per night. www.hotelvilled­hiver.com

Train tick­ets: Day re­turns from €11.60

PHOTO P. MONETTA

The pool at the Ho­tel Ville d’hiver in sum­mer­time.

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