village The Moulleau et tourism
Le Moulleau is a district of Arcachon, located west of the municipality and north of Pyla-sur-Mer. Le Moulleau is open to the Basin.
This village was built around the church of Notre Dame des Passes. It overlooks the area and is aligned with the Cape Ferret Pier and Lighthouse.
On the Place du Front-de-mer, a cannon recalls the defense device of the entrance of the passes under Napoleon. Canon found under the sand.
At the end of the 19th century, the area consisted essentially of a hotel, a church and fishing houses. The resins were in their resins huts in the forest. Access to the Moulleau could be done by car but with wide wheels allowing to circulate on the sand.
Two sanatoriums were built there. In 1911 a tram connected the Moulleau to the center of Arcachon.
Gabrièle d’Annunzio there was certainly the most famous host. Exiled to France because of debts contracted in Italy, he moved to Moulleau where he wrote some of his most beautiful works including « Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien ».
Village The Moulleau today
Today in season and the beautiful spring weekends, it is a lively venue with many chic boutiques and trendy cafés open late at night. It is one of the most convivial places in Arcachon.
Les principaux sites au Moulleau
- Notre dame des passes built in 1863 by Bordeaux architect Louis Garros to serve as chapel to the Dominican convent.
- On the Place du Front-de-mer, a cannon recalls the defence device of the entrance of the passes under Napoleon.
- Villa Kypris, from the Guérin-Dorlet family, one of the seaside villas, early century or Art Deco, built in the 1920s by architect Roger Expert born in Arcachon.
- Former sanatoriums.
These boats were initially dedicated to fishing or oyster farming and later to boat trips. During the 20th century, they became pleasure craft. These boats are now equipped with all modern comforts and represent most of the pinnacles that we meet today on the ports of the Arcachon Basin. Despite the composite materials, modern pinnacles retain their distinctive silhouette.