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Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Brussels, Belgium
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I can not find a word or a sentence to explain how pretty it is. Definitely go and visit it if you have time. 我只能说太美了。有机会一定要去

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Bordeaux, France
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24 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Superb views over the Bassin d'Arcachon especially at the end of the day. Take an apero with you - unbeatable views from the top. Note that it is a steep climb to the top!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

At 110m high and 2.7km long it's the tallest dune in Europe and also around 1 million visitors/year. I wasn't aware of those facts when I went, just that it was large and worth seeing. I wasn't disappointed. There's a fair number of tourist concession shops and eateries on the path to the dune. Once you reach it though the... More

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Mellor, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is the tallest dune in Europe and well worth a visit if you are in the Arcachon area. There are plenty of parking spaces in the trees near to the Dune de Pilat which do shade the vehicles during those very hot days. There is a short walk to the dune through a wooded area and passing few touristy... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

this large dune is a real must see when you pass that region, what most visitors seem to do: just passing by. Easy to visit, also easy to climb, great views and even a nice place for people watching! we loved it!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We thought we were going there to see the largest sand dune in Europe. A surprising discovery was that the Dune du Pilat is climbable! The day we visited was unseasonably hot; we were soaked in sweat from trudging up the high dune... but we liked the exercise and the view of the coast. Highly recommend doing this!

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Perth, Australia
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This sand dune is great for spending time with friends, paragliding, swimming and getting out into the atlantic. Theres so many activities close by. There are camping facilities right behind the dune and the shops are in the town of Arachon.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Easy to find. Only need to pay 4euros for parking lot, no need to pay for any entrance fees unlike some tourist atttactions. Went with 2 young children. I would say its better to bring carrier to carry babies and toddlers. Although I do see some people pushing their strollers (its possible but may be difficult to push once you... More

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Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The dune is incredible, over 300 feet high with great views of the water of the Arcachon Bassin and the Atlantic as well as a large sand bar. The day we visited there were about 40 para-sailors at one of the Dune with colorful chutes. The climb to the top of the Dune can be difficult because the steps can... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

amazing experience...climb the dune and walk along the crest and take in what nature has to offer. For those that have a hard time climbing in sand...there are steps you can take up

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