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Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
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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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Wilson, North Carolina
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144 reviews 144 reviews
49 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Toss up between seeing Dune du Pilat or wine tours and we decided to see a French coastal resort town. Glad we did. Easy 35-40 min train ride from Bordeaux. If you leave mid-morning though, it's open seating and was crowded on our day, so grab your seat quickly. (On the return - train leaves Arcachon about every 30 mins... More

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Bordeaux, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

OK it is a big pile of sand but the view is worth the climb. Be careful because on your way down you might transform into a child: It is great to roll down the dune. Especially with kids this is a must when you are in the region. Climbing the dine is free, parking is not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

While GPS made it easy to get here, we had to choose a different route due to heavy traffic on the autoroute around 6pm. The alternative highways were fine, though slower than the autoroute. It took us 40 minutes longer to get there, but it wasn't a problem since we wanted it to be closer to sunset anyway. Just something... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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37 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I think this is a must see in your list when you visit Bordeaux. Very small city and nice water around. Easy to go there, when you reach arcachon train station just take the public bus no. 1 in front of the station, cost only 1euro within half an hours you will be there. Time update for Sept 2014: 9:05,10:05,12:05,13:35,15:10... More

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South London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Dead simple to find either by taking a bus from town or from the main road running close by. There is parking (4-6 euro) and toilets, shops, cafes so all needs are taken care of. Going onto the dune is actually free. From the car park it is a short walk to the path to the dune. At the back... More

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Berkshire
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16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Put on decent footwear as climbing up from the car park either via the steps or the dune is not easy. The views of the bay and the ocean when you get there are worth it. We visited on a national holiday and car park was full so had to park some way away on the side of a road... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We made a 200 miles detour on our way back home to visit this area as had heard how beautiful it was and it was so worth it,forests lead down to the white soft sands of this amazing beach with high dunes as a backdrop and blue lagoons all around some very nice beach bars and restaurants back off the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was one of the most breathtaking experiences I have ever had! It combines forest, dune and a beautiful unspoiled beach. It can be tiring to go up and down to the beach and back, but it is definitely worth it! Amazing views and a great feeling of being close to the nature!

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uk
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We went with trepidation but had a great time. There is a lot of tat, there are a lot of people but then it is a tourist attraction! However, the interpretation, experience and fun of running down the dune are worth the trip. The ecology is being protected and the views are amazing

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Melbourne
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Perfect weather, not too crowded, some nice souvenirs at the shops at the bottom of dune, walk up steps challenging if not fit but I did it and I don't exercise. Views are magnificent and dune sand is beautiful. Other favourite part was having mussels and beer after at the bottom shops.. Absolutely the best mussels we have ever had!... More

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