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Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
0556221285
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Geologic Formations
Owner description: The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible panoramic view over the ocean, forest and Arcachon Bay but also and more... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Geneva, Switzerland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Exceptional view and an unforgettable experience. Mother nature has weave her magic and we could never have been more thankful. We were so blessed.

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Teramo, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It was a very unexpected sensation. The first thing I noticed was the height of the dune itself, because it comes to your sight while you are walking in the wood and at a certain point you start to see sand on the ground, you raise your gaze and there is this great mass of sand in front of you.... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Stunning views over the Atlantic ocean and beaches, though it's quite a climb to the top. Coming down is great fun. Close to Arcachon which is a nice visit too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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169 reviews 169 reviews
35 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Wow. Come here, climb this. You'll get great views and sand in your socks! To really walk it allow 2 hours.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The Dune du Pilat or Dune of Pyla is an absolute must while visiting La Bassin d'Arcachon, this huge sand-dune gives commanding views over the bay, the sand banks and the entrance to the bay, Cap Ferret headlands and lighthouse which gives the bay its natural protection, and the forests leading inland. The sand dune is still growing and has... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Free parking for 30 minutes, but nobody manages to park; reach the top of the dune; and leave the parking within 30 minutes. Great commerce ;-) The price of the parking is very much acceptable compared to this unique spot. A must visit when your in the neighbourhood!

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France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Seen in Mid November so lack of tourists made it more enjoyable - can only imagine the craziness in peak season. Nice quick little hike up to the 'largest sand dune' in Europe, hence why it must be visited. If you are not fit, just take your time and you will manage - don't forget it is sand so it's... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

If you are in the area it is a must see. Visit on a good day and if you are feeling fit try going up on the right hand side to the top. The views are amazing and the dunes a miracle of nature.

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Milan, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

In our last holidays in summer, we travelled to this spectacular dune, to do some camping there for one or two nights. Climbing the dune is quite demanding, it´s really high, but the view and the extension of this dune are just amazing. Lot of space to run, and let some kites rise...Beautiful.

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belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

a dune in the middle of nowhere. and it really is. just see the pics on google maps. the question is how it got there. and that question is never answered. i gave it a 3 as i have my doubts about the miracle. for the rest its a nice walk to get the kids tired :)

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