Dune du Pilat, La Teste-de-Buch

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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Dune du Pilat and many more Arcachon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Arcachon road trip app .
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  • Staying in Bordeaux, the dune of Pyla we were advised by a conservator and surtt by several website with photos breathtaking. Parking (4th for tte day which is OK for such a site). Free and clean toilet. Many nice shops. We have gone out of season and we were able to enjoy a maximum. It wasn't too crowded. To mount this famous dune, you have the choice between stairs or the sandy slope. Tip: go barefoot is very nice. Once climbing this dune, you have access to a splendid and wonderful. We continued on the dune. We had the impression of being in a desert in Africa without the heat and a nice sand beneath our feet. We had a great time on this dune with lots of images memories in our head. No am not miss.
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  • A great day out with incredible views of the bay, the sand it self is lovely, soft and white. We went as a family and everyone enjoyed themselves. I highly recommend visiting if in the area.  more »
  • We heard, we had seen a picture... on vacation there we went to see her! Unlike other visitors, no traffic jams on the road to get there or to leave... Parking, but practice to avoid getting tied up in the sand, parked in bulk, along the road... Do not take into account the many stalls of joints located at the foot of the dune... Avoid the stairs installed but fun to climb it (it is large enough to accommodate the world without stepping on it)! We also had the chance to go there one day where it was not crowded with tourists... But see that dune once in his life, it's just awesome! How could she form, resist, and yet move nowadays... it's amazing! Ignore the comments and negative aspects and discover for you same! Enjoy this beautiful view of the Bay of Arcachon, throwing herself into the ocean (or conversely ^^)!
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  • Amazing landscape, the view from the top is fantastic. If climbing scares you there are stairs in the North of the dunes or you can just go around, climbing from the sea side is easier. There's not much parking around so try to arrive early in the morning or avoid July/August
  • Really beautiful! On one side the sea, on the other side an awesome forest. Really worth walking in the sand away from the people even if it's really hard to walk on the sand, lol.
  • Very impressive. Especially the steep drop right into the forest. Within easy reach by bike from Arcachon. Recommend taking enough water so you can hike around for a bit to get out of the main throng of people.
  • A pretty place. Haven't been there since 2000 but I will go back in a few years time.
  • Tall but don't climb

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