Natural heritage

Island of Arcins


Île d'Arcins is the closest island to Bordeaux. Located 6 km from the center of Bordeaux, it is also one of the only islands in the Garonne and the estuary to be visited.
Elongated in shape, it stretches over 2 kilometers and spreads over 37 hectares. Agricultural exploitation until the war, the island then belongs to INRA. It is then one of the main places of experimentation in France for the improvement of certain plant species. It is on average two degrees warmer than on dry land and it hardly ever freezes.
During the 1999 storm, the island was completely flooded and the buildings were too damaged to be repaired. INRA then decided to resell the island to an individual who wanted to turn it into a natural park and open it to the public.

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