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Dune du Pilat

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Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 , La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: 0556221285
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible...

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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Growing up in Dunes Country on the shores of Lake Michigan, I thought--oh, well, I've seen dunes. But nothing like this one. It is gigantic and only youths can climb it. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
valparaiso, Indiana
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valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in Dunes Country on the shores of Lake Michigan, I thought--oh, well, I've seen dunes. But nothing like this one. It is gigantic and only youths can climb it. We opted for the stairs--there must be over a hundred not very wide ones. One arrives breathless at the top. If like me, you have a bit of acrophobia,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to drive out to and park at. A number of food/souvenir stalls as well. Steps help you climb the landward side to the top and great panoramic views from the top ridge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view at the top is cool, but the top is not where you think it is! The queue for the toilets are always long and there are a couple of restaurant and shops to visit! Sand obviously gets everywhere!

Thank Divya85
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an amazing feat of nature and a must see. Every time we come to the area, we climb up the Dune and soak up the marvellous views both across the sea and the pine forests. Yes there are always people here but if you walk along the Dune, you can always find a quiet spot allowing you to... More 

Thank Tanya B
Bergerac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Simply breathtaking, but not for the fainthearted or physically frail What views! and its in a fascinating area of forests, and not far from Arcachon and the ferry to Cap Ferret

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We have lived in Bordeaux now for 4 years and have only just visited the Dune du Pyla! Why has it taken us so long to visit this unbelievable gem of nature? God only knows. But now that we have, I want to share the experience. Do it, do it, just DO IT. It is majestic, magnificent and awe-inspiring, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I decided to visit Dune de Pilat during my trip in Bordeaux. The journey took about 1 hour with train (TER) to Arcachon and than 20 minutes with bus number 1. A path is leading to the bottom of the Dune, than steps to the top - it offers amazing view over the area and whole Dune (tallest in Europe).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

How large can a dune be? Well visit this place, and be amazed. Very nice natural phenomena. But in order to get here you have to be patient... There is only one route here and it was HUGELY congested. And once you reach the village, good luck in finding a parkingspot. And it seems to be mostly like this as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Overcrowded with a ridiculously inept parking system that required queueing at only two machines to pay (one in the parking lot, the other at the exit; the third machine was out of order) along with queueing at the woefully under-capacity bathrooms. Despite this I am so glad I climbed up the somewhat dodgy stairs and walk-slid back down in the... More 

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Skibbereen, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The biggest dune in Europe is well worth the visit. After parking your car and walking through the tree suddenly there it is with its daunting flight of stairs which were much easier than I had anticipated. Once at the top the views are incredible. Turn your back to the sea and all you can see is the sky and... More 

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