Arcachon’s Winter Town stretches over 10 hectares and witnessed the construction of one of the most novel and eccentric sets of villas in the 19th and early 20th century. This quarter in uptown Arcachon is a paradise in terms of architecture and eccentricity. Each villa tells the story of the birth of the town of Arcachon, which, thanks to the Pereire brothers, became a very popular holiday resort during the Belle Epoque.
A genuinely fantastic architectural paradise
The Winter Town is a mosaic of constructions, each more eccentric than the next. The architects at the time obviously had overflowing imaginations to adorn such villas, Swiss chalets, gothic manor houses or Moorish pavilions with ornately sculptured balconies, turrets, colonnades, neo-classical façades, extravagant roofs, unusual staircases, conservatories and exotic gardens.