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03 August 2022

This summer, many countries such as France, hit by heatwaves, have had to fight against forest fires, an obvious consequence global warming.

In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, apart from a few affected sites in Gironde, the tourism offer is ready to welcome your customers, in complete safety.

Mise à jour le 02/08/2022

Almost all of our tourism offer remains available on Arcachon Bay and the Atlantic Coast

Since 25 July, apart from certain restrictions in the forest area, all the activities on offer in Gironde are now accessible. The Dune du Pilat reopened to visitors on 27 July.

Only the ocean beaches located between the Dune du Pilat and Biscarosse, as well as the 5 campsites affected in La Teste de Buch remain inaccessible.

Access to certain parts of the forest and to the Vélodyssée and cycling path network is still limited in order to prevent accidents (falling trees, etc.).
Although some roads remain closed to traffic, many alternative routes give access to all sites. 

Tourist activities: a reassuring and even very positive outlook for the season as a whole

The impact on the tourism economy cannot yet be accurately measured, as the available indicators for accommodation and leisure activities vary greatly from one establishment to another, with drops in activity of up to 50% in the second half of July (bicycle rental companies, hotels and campsites). 

More detailed information on the impact of the fires on the tourism economy in the press release below.

>> Download press release

Gironde Tourisme and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine tourism board (crt na) united

Faced with the losses observed and the need to reassure customers about the reality of the situation, Gironde Tourisme and the CRT NA, with the support of Atout France and in consultation with the professional sectors (UMIH and FHPA of Gironde and Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and the Tourist Offices of the concerned areas, are supporting and completing the recovery plan initiated by SIBA on 25 July.

The CRT NA is widely relaying reassurance information and the SIBA promotional video to the general public via : an emailing campaign using the CRT's databases, a sponsored social networks campaign in France and abroad, a dedicated article on the home page of the French and foreign versions of the CRT's website (nearly 3 million visits per year). 

For further information, please contact the Department of Gironde and the Prefecture of Gironde

Tourist offices are also making themselves available to tourists and locals to disseminate any useful information. 

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