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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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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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117m high x 3km long, the biggest sand dune in Europe. Prepare for a tricky walk back up the dune if you decide to go right down to the sea, three steps up and two back! A sense... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

117m high x 3km long, the biggest sand dune in Europe. Prepare for a tricky walk back up the dune if you decide to go right down to the sea, three steps up and two back! A sense of achievement when you make it to the top,the views are superb. This MUST be done.There are shops near there too that... More 

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Worb, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The hike up the dune is only for sporty people - quiet challenging! Don´t forget to bring water! The ocean side afterwards is rewarding the efforts!

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Dune has an amazing view, which is not to be missed if you are in the area. Some people brought picnics for a longer stay. We arrived shortly after 10:00am on 20th August, and both the Dune and the car park were very busy. An hour later when we left, things were even busier, and the car parking was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an impressive sand dune, with some nice views. Unfortunately, hundreds, if not thousands, of other people were visiting it the same time we were. Traffic getting in and out was bad. If you go, maybe try to go early in the morning or in the off season instead of late afternoon in the middle of July. There were... More 

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Montpellier, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went to visit this dune as the photos looked really nice, what an amazing surprise to be able to see how gorgeous nature is!! Instead of going through the main road to go up, we continued an went up from a camping... it rained 3 times, but thanks to that we got to see 2 rainbows plus all the... More 

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Le Pecq, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This place is fabulous and takes you.to a different world. Great to be a kid again and go rolling down the hill

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Even if it is crowded in July and August, it definitively worth the visit. Even in the most crowded day you will be able to find a quite place to enjoy this unique wonder. If possible arrive early in the morning or enjoy the sunset from the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Dune du Pilat was all that I expected and more. It was easily reachable from Bordeaux and had a huge parking area at the entrance. There is a four Euro fee. A few minutes' walk through the forest takes you to the stairs that lead up to the top of the dune. The views are incredible, with the pallor of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Our hotel manager suggested we visit this place which we honeslty had never heard of. What an experience! This majestic sand dune rises out of the dense forest on the bassin of Arcachon, breathtaking! Climb up to its crest and walk along the crest to enjoy this incredible view of the Bassin of Arcachon, cap Ferret and the Atlantic ocean.... More 

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

An absolute must see!!! Quite simply Amazing be prepared for the calf muscles to tingle a bit but totally worth every step!!

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