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Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
0556221285
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Owner description: The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
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.
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

To reach the place, one needs to first go to Arcachon. We reached there by taking a train from Bordeaux which took us around 1 hour. From Arcachon Train Station, you just need to walk 50 m to take a shuttle bus to Dune Du Pilat (which takes approximately 45 mins and costs 1 Euro for one side). The bus... More 

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Tucked behind a beautiful pine forest is the massive Dune du Pilat. It is a workout to climb but the views are terrific. Despite the fact that it is a major tourist attraction, it was not overly crowded and the sand was clean and fresh. It is possible to climb down the other side and relax on the beach too.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Biggest sand Dune in Euro, nestled by a huge lis forest and connected to the Atlantic ocean. soft beautiful sand and dramatic views !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The size is just impressive, and we had a lot of fun climbing and going down the dune. The views are amazing, and it is free.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Arcachon is a popular place on the Atlantic coast. It is about 50km from Bordeaux. It has fine beaches and a mild climate. The Dune du Pilat is situated at the southern side from Arcachon. It is Europe’s largest sand dune and one of the principal attractions. After seeing its amazing photos in Trip Advisor site, we decided to go... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

One hour by car from Bordeaux is the biggest sand dune in Europe and it is spectacular. It is unbelievably high and long if you have never seen anything like it before. To walk barefoot up in the deep sand is a good training. If you are not that fit, there are stairs as well. Walking from one end to... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This was my first visit to this amazing sand dune. I visited with my husband who had been before and told me about this massive sand dune. I didn't really believe him - but seeing is believing. It was really spectacular. Steps were good to get to the top and then you get the most stunning views. Definitely worth visiting.

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Grasse, France
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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 

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Los Angeles, California
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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 

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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is amazing. View is fantastic from every angle. Feels like an achievement to get to the top and great fun to run down. Really is amazing.

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