La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

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#1 of 388 in Parks in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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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  • This was the highlight of our holiday. We thought allowing an hour and a half would be plenty, however, it is hard work getting up and down the dune! We went to Arcachon from Bordeaux and then took....  more »
  • If you are in Bordeaux it's a nice day trip excursion. Not to be missed. Train to Arcachon. Bus timetable can be tricky in winter, check it attentively or rent a bike. Seafood lunch is a must. In.....  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect but as it was only a 30 min train journey from Bordeaux we made the effort and glad we did. It was a further 25min on the local bus out to the dune and a steep climb up...  more »
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  • We went there from Bayonne by car, parked there and walked through a beautiful forest for about 20 minutes. Once we got there we were unpleasantly surprised to find that there was a huge wall of sand and no stairs to climb it at all. Getting to the top was hard but I would do it again without a doubt. It was definitely worth it!!! It is a great place to practice paragliding and the views are unparalelled. Don't miss the chance to visit this unique landscape, you won't regret it.
  • This is something from an other planet. Suoer strange and breathtaking at the same time.
  • Great view, definitely a must see location.
  • Sand, ocean and forest. Three completely different worlds in the same landscape
  • Wonderful memories from here. I hope so I would come back soon!

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