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Dune du Pilat

Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Geologic Formations
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
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Gloucester, England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

True, the traffic was so congested that it took us an extra hour to reach Pilat. And the visitor's centre was so swarming with people that we could hardly push our way through. But the crowds noticeably thinned out once we reached the top of the first dune and headed along the ridge. Thereafter, the views were amazing, making our... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I luv it because there were forest, desert and see view in the same pictures, so exciting and amusing for me, after Niagara falls I was really impressioned bythe nature again!

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London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
14 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The ONLY reason we went is the reviews on TripAdvisor. And even then, we did nto expect much. Boy, were we wrong! This is truly an amazing and unique experience. We climbed it (lots of fun), and watched the sun set. Coming down was also lots of fun. Strongly recommended! Tip: Do not go to the fee entrance (by the... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Even though its "just a sand dune" you must visit this one. Its 15 minutes north of Biscarrosse Plage. Yes its just a sand dune. But what an achievement just to climb up it. Its 115 m high and at a 45 degree angle. Some steps have been placed in some areas to make it easier. Me and my wife... More

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Lyon, France
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you are in S.W. region of France, you must pay a visit there to experience the highest dune in Europe. We drove from Gujan Mestras to the site around 10 am, there was already the traffic jam even it was Monday, well in August ! Wear flip-flops when you walk towards the dune, take off them when you climb... More

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Metz, France
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302 reviews 302 reviews
143 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely marvellous attraction. It's worth putting aside a good three hours or so for this attraction, as it takes a bit of time hiking all the way up to the summit and descending on the beach, and then doing it in reverse again! Our biggest advice is to come early in the morning like we did, as the traffic jam... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My friend and I made a Saturday daytrip out to the Dunes from Bordeaux. We took the train to Arcachon and then a bus from the train station to the Dunes (12 km for 1 Euro = awesome deal). There were many families but it was not too crowded. The hike to the top was doable (surprisingly there are stairs... More

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Scheveningen, The Netherlands
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Go in the early morning or late afternoon. The view at the forest is a nice surprise. Paragliding possible, but does not look undangerous...

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The sand dune was quite spectacular and then the beach at Arcachon was absolutely beautiful, in my opinion better than Nice, definitely as good as the French Riviera. We expected just a sand dune and a small beach but after leaving the sand dune we drove about ten minutes to Arcachon. We would stay there for a holiday. Only one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is an amazing place for the people who like to see biggest dune in Europe and sunset in the ocean. I didn't know what was the place, just got its name from French people and decided to go. When I faced with a sand hill in the end of forest, I got suprised lot. Started to climb the hill... More

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