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Dune du Pilat, La Teste-de-Buch

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#1 of 34 in Nature in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • Loved too good if you're in the area well worth the trip. You just pay the parking-4 4€, + 4-€6. Grandiose landscape.
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  • We had a walk on the beach to here accompanied by a dip on the beach. Watch out for the jelly fish! Unfortunately it was a rainy day but we still climbed the dune and walked back through the forest wh...  more »
  • A really fantastic place to visit, the sheer size, setting is breathtaking and it was a great morning spent climbing then jumping & running down part of the dunes later with the kids. There is a car p...  more »

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