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Dune du Pilat

Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: 0556221285
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Geologic formations, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Geologic formations, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
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.
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Pons, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really worth doing this, we went at sunset and it was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. Really recommend it to anyone!

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Florence, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

When i saw it, i was astonished: just at the end of the Pine forest, this sand giant block your way to the ocean. Climbing it is fun, but a bit tiring though: i visited the place in February and it was really wild. When you reach the top you are in a small french desert surrounded by forest and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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227 reviews 227 reviews
33 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We were visiting a friend in Arcachon and could not miss climbing the Dune du Pilat. It is actually a busy attraction particularly for sunset. It is a pretty easy climb and there are stairs to help you if you wish. Would highly recommend to do it when you are in the region but would not consider worth a trip.

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London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I love this spot! Whether you like nature or not, you will not be left indifferent by the dune. It is the highest in Europe and saying it's worth a trip is an understatement. The views from the top are absolutely magnificent. You can see the whole of the Bassin d'Arcachon, great views of the ocean as well as the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Obviously one of the main site seeing spot with the tour of the basin.....then explore a wine chateau......

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were staying in Arcachon so knew a trip to the dunes would be needed. But please - ignore the images - they just don't do it justice! It is more than amazing! As we walked through the woods we were suddenly hit with an enormous wall of sand! Absolutely massive it was! We climbed up a slightly rickity and... More 

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12 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you're ever within a couple of hrs drive of Arcachon on the West coast of France, you must take the time (and energy) to visit these dunes. They are the highest in Europe and are well worth the climb to the top of them, but be warned, they are not for the unfit, or those unsteady on their feet.... More 

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Agen, France
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We liked that it was no over commercial and the nice steps up to the dune were well maintained. WE went to watch the sun go down as it was too hot in the daytime. Many people sitting quietly watching the wonderful sunset, magical

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Have visited Arcachon many times and enjoy climbing the Dune du Pilat. Obviously in peak season (August time) it is really busy. Difficult to find parking, although there is plenty of it, so it might be an option to walk in from further away. Failing that, leave it a little later and go then, whilst still relatively busy it is... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Had a great couple of hours walking up Dune de Pilat and taking some great photos. The walk up is fairly easy, soft sand so proper walking shoes are a must. We went in December so it was brisk but you soon warm up. As we had a car we could park close by and simply walk up one of... More 

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