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Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: 0556221285
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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The climb isn't for the faint-hearted.

This huge sand dune, the largest in Europe is situated between the green pine forests and the sea of the bassin. The views are wonderful in all directions. The climb isn't for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Lanton, France
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Lanton, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This huge sand dune, the largest in Europe is situated between the green pine forests and the sea of the bassin. The views are wonderful in all directions. The climb isn't for the faint hearted but worth it. If possible choice an evening with clear skies, the sunset over the sea is breath-taking. There is ample parking for cars and/or... More 

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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went with our older sons,who scaled the Dune with no problem. We admired from the forest below and enjoyed the waves breaking over the Banc d'Arguin. This sand dune dominates this beautiful section of coast, which is wild and unspoiled. Unmissable!

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Bordeaux
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Don't miss this incredible, huge sand dune surrounded by water on one side and lush forest on the other. Go around sunset for a memorable moment. It is worth the steep hike up!

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Singapore, Singapore
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

When my in-laws told us that we will pass by the Grande Dune du Pilat after our trip to Arcachon, it didn't really occur to me that it would be as astonishing as the one that greeted us when we arrived at the site. First of all (and pardon me for my ignorance), I didn't really think that there could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Stopped off here while driving down south for a friends birthday, decided we'd give climbing it a go. Really good fun and a great sense of achievement getting to the top, rewarded with beautiful views, definitely give it a go!

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Visited the Dune du Pilat on a bright winter Sunday and it was thoroughly enjoyable experience. It is something unique around Europe. The Dune takes about 20-25 minutes to climb and the scenery around is awesome - surrounded by Pine Forests on one side and the ocean on the other. I imagine on a warm summer evening it would be... More 

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Pons, France
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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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Syndicat_Mixte, Gérant at Dune du Pilat, responded to this review

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Florence, Italy
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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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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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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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