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Dune du Pilat, La Teste-de-Buch

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When you visit Dune du Pilat, you'll immediately realize why this immense, tall dune is one of the most visited natural sites in the entire country. Officially called the Dune of Pilat, this unique land mass located in Arcachon Bay is the tallest sand dune in Europe and a favorite site for hikers and windsurfers. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and an enormous pine forest, this dune on a peninsula is one of the most unique landscapes in all of France. Locals call it a "Sand Monster" or a "Menacing Sand Wall." Thanks to recent developments, you can reach the dune easily by car. Plan your Dune du Pilat visit and explore what else you can see and do in La Teste-de-Buch using our La Teste-de-Buch vacation builder.
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Reviews
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  • So amazing to find the sea and the forest so close, and a mountain of sand which separate them. It's just beautiful
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  • After a climb (without stairs during the winter) we discovered a wonderful landscape. Ballad to share weather if possible to enjoy the view. The climb is easy.
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  • A great view but that has to be earned because the rise your feet in the sand that's unheard of not easy but this worth ^^ really has a place make at least 1 times! It's like in the desert surrounded by all that sand.
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  • A huge ~108 m sand dune backgrounded by a large forest. Reaching the top is possible from both sides of the dune (stairs and sand) once on top the view is breathtaking. Must visit.
  • Great place to visit in the area. My wife and I took a half day tour from Bordeaux to Archachon which included a walk up the dune and then oyster tasting which was great. The dune itself has fantastic views across the bay
  • It's much harder to climb up or down than you might expect. Not a good activity for anyone with back, foot, knee, or heart trouble. Always an amazing view at the top. This was my 3rd time here but the first time I went all the way down to the beach and found the old bunkers. Winter or summer, this is always a good place to visit for locals of tourists.
  • This is incredible and a definite must-see! Come here before sunset and enjoy a spectacle you will always remember!
  • Great place to see the amazing nature. Enjoy sunset. A must go place.