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Dune du Pilat

Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: 0556221285
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We were staying in Arcachon so knew a trip to the dunes would be needed. But please - ignore the images - they just don't do it justice! It is more than amazing! As we walked through the woods we were suddenly hit with an enormous wall of sand! Absolutely massive it was! We climbed up a slightly rickity and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you're ever within a couple of hrs drive of Arcachon on the West coast of France, you must take the time (and energy) to visit these dunes. They are the highest in Europe and are well worth the climb to the top of them, but be warned, they are not for the unfit, or those unsteady on their feet.... More 

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Agen, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We liked that it was no over commercial and the nice steps up to the dune were well maintained. WE went to watch the sun go down as it was too hot in the daytime. Many people sitting quietly watching the wonderful sunset, magical

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Have visited Arcachon many times and enjoy climbing the Dune du Pilat. Obviously in peak season (August time) it is really busy. Difficult to find parking, although there is plenty of it, so it might be an option to walk in from further away. Failing that, leave it a little later and go then, whilst still relatively busy it is... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Had a great couple of hours walking up Dune de Pilat and taking some great photos. The walk up is fairly easy, soft sand so proper walking shoes are a must. We went in December so it was brisk but you soon warm up. As we had a car we could park close by and simply walk up one of... More 

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Alcochete, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Ok, now you start thinking that I'm a dune walker. After my first two experiences, in Kalinegrad and in Lençóis do Maranhão, for the third time I climb up a hill of sand. This time I conquered the Dune du Pilat, the tallest in Europe. Let me clarify: this is no fetish. It just happened, as I was driving through... More 

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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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