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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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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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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The most impressive place in Bassin d'Arcachon

Try to go on the top before sunrise ..; Viewing the sun awake just up th pine is an amazing souvenir. More useful the sundown with sun onto the ocean ... But be ciourageous and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try to go on the top before sunrise ..; Viewing the sun awake just up th pine is an amazing souvenir. More useful the sundown with sun onto the ocean ... But be ciourageous and try not to walf on stair, it's very difficult ! Enjoy

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Lanuejols, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little trip if you are in the area. Giant sand dune over 100m high with fabulous views. We visited in February, which is a refreshing time!......but a lot less people. I imagine it Would be very busy in Summer season. Also in Winter they take down the temporary stairs that help to lessen erosion so in February no... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A stunning place to visit... worthwhile trip at any time of the day. Made our day!! What an incredible sunset :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Quite a unique nature creation, have never seen anything like that before. Breathtaking views of the ocean and the dune itself. A perfect family day out in any season. I would recommend wearing wellis!

Thank Sihri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We stopped for a few days, and are definitely coming back. Cant wait to learn how to parapente. Arcachon is a cool town nearby, and deserves to be explored more. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

One of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen. I'll keep returning there. It's an absolute must!

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 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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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 

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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 

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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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