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Address: route de Biscarrosse, 33115, La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: +33 5 56 22 12 85
07:00 - 00:00
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible panoramic...

The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible panoramic view over the ocean, forest and Arcachon Bay but also and more importantly, a living, natural space that needs to be looked after and protected. Since December 2007, the Syndicat Mixte de la Grande Dune du Pilat has been working to protect and preserve this national piece of heritage that belongs to us all.From the top of this giant (109 meters high, 2,7 kilometers long, 500 meters wide), you can see many remarkable sites of the region.

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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux Including Pyla Dune and Oyster Tasting

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What a scenery!

A mix of an infinite sand mountain, forest and sea. That day it was raining and windy and we still made it to the top. We went in November and there were no stairs. So we came... read more

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A mix of an infinite sand mountain, forest and sea. That day it was raining and windy and we still made it to the top. We went in November and there were no stairs. So we came back all muddy, sandy and soaked but enchanted by the beautiful view despite the bad weather. Obviously on a sunny day the view... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was the high-light of the day for me in Archachon...go early, as early as you can to beat the crowds. There are a few steps to the top of the main dune, and it's possible for most people with no mobility issues to make it. The view is stunning... If you are fit fit fit and have the time...one... More 

Thank John L
Le Grand Pressigny, Loire Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We were in Bordeaux and Arcachon for two days each for the first time and without too much of a plan. Travelling with 13 & 15 yr old daughters on their October school holiday...they noticed the sign and said that the Dune de Pilat (Pyla, Pylat and many more spellings!) were famous across France... so we went. Late morning on... More 

Thank ChezANIA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

It is a massive sand dune. About 2.7 km long & a touch over 100m high (varies slightly). Allegedly the highest or second highest in Europe depending what you read. Before you get to it is the car park (pay for parking but nothing more to pay for the dune)) then several souvenir shops & eating places. Plenty of spaces... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The only essential cost is for the car park. I think you get half an hour free but if you want to climb the dune, you need a bit more time. The only problem is not the cost but the fact that you have to use a card to pay and it doesn't tell you until you arrive at the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We decided to climb up in the sand instead of the stairs… can be a challenge for some - the stairs were very busy (early afternoon). Quite beautiful view from atop - overlooking the Bassin d’Arcachon. It is free to explore the dunes… parking for a little less than 2 hrs was 1 euro. Max is 4 euros. You will... More 

Thank ivanski
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were staying near Bordeaux, and this is one of the places we wanted to see, so glad we did. Wow!!! What a sight to behold and views from the top are also amazing, and to think that each year it's moving further and further into the forest. I'm not the best at climbing, so was bit of a struggle... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Not as spectacular as the Sydney's sand dunes I remember. As a child my family and I often went to the Kurnell sand dunes (massive) near Sydney - there are information boards with Aboriginal history and a plaque showing where Captain Cook "discovered" the land down under for the British in 1770. Sometimes we visited by boat. With that in... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We took a half day tour from Bordeaux to climb the Dune and then have some oysters and wine. Dune is a great site to see and the view from the top is worth the trip. Well worth the hour's drive from Bordeaux. Could spend a lot of time walking atop the dune if you were on your own. Good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A M A Z I N G Downside (if you are not fit): you see all these children running up and down the dune like a million times while you are still trying to get to the top for the first time and afraid you will not make it to the top alive. But you finally make it, and see... More 

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