We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
0556221285
Website
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Geologic Formations
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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
Write a Review

803 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    612
    173
    13
    3
    2
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Grasse, France
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Striding along the sand ridge of Dune de Pilat with the soft sand running through your toes, the white crests of the waves of the Atlantic ocean glistening in the sun you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Namibia rather than France. Maybe it was the fact that we were there on a glorious sunny day with a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I came with a large group and we stayed at the campsite at the bottom of the dune. We had fun just jumping around in the sand but it is also a pretty good walk along the top of the dune and a workout just climbing up to the top. And the sea is there too just in case you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Camberley
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a very interesting site to visit and offers great views from the top, which is about 1km long. Thankfully there are wooden steps to help climb it - these are not immediately obvious as you approach the dune as they are initially obscured behind trees. Good information boards provide interesting insights into the history and geography of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

you have to go up to the top of the dune if visiting the area… breathtaking natural beauty and free to experience..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We jumped on a train to Arcachon from Bordeaux and took the longest bus trip (25mins) for 1euro I have ever been on. The park next to the dune has a few restaurants and toilets (free). The dune is worth seeing and if you can manage to climb without the stairs, it feels like such an achievement. The views you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Dune du Pyla was my lovely escape for a trip to southern France. Totally love the view and sunset, the architect of local was so diversed also

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Defo worth the hike even though a bit hard going on the legs. Much easier running down and amazing views! Great location to watch the parapente fliers and hangliders!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This Dune is the size of a decent hill, with a stair way built into it or youd never get to the top! As we drove along we could see it extend for at least 5 kilometers south of the actual entrance and car park. From the top at the right time of day you get a view to the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Peyrat-le-Chateau, France
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Aching legs a small price to pay for the stunning views, never realised walking on sand was so hard!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I went there at the end of May and it was still pretty chilly (light jacket required). However it was a good thing since there were no public buses running on a Sunday and I had to cycle there instead! (~10km). You have to take a long flight of steps up but once you are there...BREATHTAKING! I have some pictures... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Dune du Pilat also viewed

 
Gujan-Mestras, Gironde
Gujan-Mestras, Gironde
 

Been to Dune du Pilat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing