La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

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When you visit La Grande 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 La Grande Dune du Pilat and many more Pyla-sur-Mer attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pyla-sur-Mer road trip app.
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  • Well worth a visit. Stunning views from the top of the dune. Such a great experience. Easy to access by bus from Arcachon. Good toilet facilities. Take plenty of water as it's hot and tiring walking.....  more
    Well worth a visit. Stunning views from the top of the dune. Such a great experience. Easy to access by bus from Arcachon. Good toilet facilities. Take plenty of water as it's hot and tiring walking.....  more »
  • La Grande Dune was just amazing experience - for some exercise we were awarded with magnificent view. Lots of fun running down in soft sand:) 
    La Grande Dune was just amazing experience - for some exercise we were awarded with magnificent view. Lots of fun running down in soft sand:)  more »
  • Excellent experience. It took for a while to get to the top but it was worth the effort. The views were amazing! Unbelievable place! 
    Excellent experience. It took for a while to get to the top but it was worth the effort. The views were amazing! Unbelievable place!  more »
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  • A must visit place if you are in the area. You can park in the trees. Perhaps take a bottle of water and your camera, not a big bag of bits. Take your time, bare feet may be best There are steps up which is the best way. Take time to sit and enjoy the view. A truely beautiful place.
  • Excellent scenery, challenging climb if you don't take the stairs, like going up a skihill. Beware though, the bathrooms are under renovation, so mixed use of the remaining men's washroom. None of the souvenir shops are open. Very busy, but a worthwhile place to visit. Bring water and a camera, and if adventurous, your bathing suit. Some brought sand toys for the kids, lots of people. And of course, be careful, it is a long ways down to the trees of the forest.
  • Great place to take in the views and let the kids burn off energy - and it's free! (Except if you use the car park) Convenient steps to climb the dune if you are don't want a long climb in the sand, and plenty of distance to trek the top of the dune for a quieter space. Many small touristy shops and eateries too.
  • Going every year, like a pilgrimage. Every year gobsmacked by the beauty of the place, I hope I have the legs to do it for the next 50 years. Probably at its best at low tide, on a sunny and not-so-windy day.
  • Unexpected natural wonder. A bit of a tough climb to get to the top, two steps forward one back, but worth the effort. The view of the peninsular and the waves breaking on the distant sand banks - fantastic. The dune is much larger than I imagined.

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