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 La Teste-de-Buch attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's La Teste-de-Buch road trip app .
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  • We took our nieces of 9 and 13 who have been amazed by this place. They noted it 9.5/10. We were wild side, where we go up the dune with its efforts. We climb difficult but arrived at the top, the view was worth it. The descent by jumping. The girls pulled, rolled, jumped several times until exhaustion. Do when it's beautiful but not too hot, otherwise, expect water bottles. Tip: take snacks and drinks for children
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  • We chose to visit the Dune in the winter to avoid the crowd. Even if there was World site was accessible without incident. One day winter sunny site is wonderful. There was no stairs but the rise is fairly easy and I recommend even without the stairs c is nice. And the view once the top is beautiful. Do but off-season c is significant. We chose to visit the dune in the winter to avoid the crowd. Even if there was a little bit d emonde the site was accessible without incident. On a sunny winter day the site is wonderful. There are no stairs but the rise is fairly easy and I recommend even to do so without the stairs is very nice. Do off-season it's appreciable.
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  • very nice quite difficult site.ascension by sand, but there are markets. beautiful view at the top.
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  • Fabulous outing from Bordeaux (take a train and then bus). Climb up the stairs to the top of this HUGE dune. Watch out for the heat of the day. Wear a hat and take water. Take off your shoes and enjoy the sand (if not too hot). This is an active kids fantasy. Biggest dune ever.
  • Stunning views and good exercise! To enjoy the view you need to climb on top of the sand dune - approx. 100m high - the view at the top is fantastic with on one side a sea of green and on the other side a sea of blue.
  • Getting/Leaving there: bus number 1 from Arcachon train station. Bus ticket can be brought on board. Timetable shown in the pictures. Getting off at Dune de Pilat stop. Walk for some minutes to reach visitor center (which can skip), cafe and shops (can buy water if needed), public toilet (the last/only one), education board (very informative and worth seeing). The dune: walking up from the steps or directly on the sand (more challenging/physical demanding). The dune is big and can spend an hour or so exploring. Very windy up on top so be aware of your hat/cap if you're wearing one. It is easier to walk bare feet, so better take a bag or backpack that is big enough to hold them. Eating : a few cafe and a restaurant near the shops.
  • A must see if you are in the bordeaux area, very impressive.
  • Fantastic place to visit, especially for sunsets! Fun watching the paragliding off the dune. Beautiful sand, wading on it to the tpp of tve dune is hard work. No swimming here as it's a lagoon and quite silted up, maybe it was a bad day and it needed the tide and wind to clear the debris off the beach.
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