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Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 , La Teste-de-Buch, France
Phone Number: 0556221285
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The highest dune in Europe, a unique landscape with an incredible panoramic...

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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Nice , huge and nice view point

It s a high touristic spot So try to visit it early morning or after 6 pm The view from the top is amazing There is a car park but I advice you to go by bike Then after you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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252 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It s a high touristic spot So try to visit it early morning or after 6 pm The view from the top is amazing There is a car park but I advice you to go by bike Then after you can discover the beautiful surroundings

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Vancouver, B.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a lot of tourists know about this "Biggest" sand dune in Europe. This is only minutes away drive from Arcachon and we had 7 couples and felt like kids, we all climbed up to the top and it took a good 15 minute walk up the steps to the top of the sand dune. Most of us literally "Ran"... More 

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Puerto Morelos, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved the activity, never thought I would find such thing in France, I felt like in the desert, very romantique for having a picnic , there is an stair case but it worth to go up by the sand , you will find people doing paragliding.

Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were in the Bordeaux region with one free day, so we decided to rent a car and drive to the closest coast, which just happened to be Arcachon. We were told of the dune, and what an amazing experience. Easy to find, plenty of parking (cheap - I think 4 Euros). Lots of food/drink/souvenirs available to purchase before you... More 

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Olivet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had no idea the dune was this high and impressing. What a great surprise! Of course you have to make abstraction of the crowd and the fact that it is a complete tourist attraction during summer time. But other than that it's really a lot of fun and the views on the bay from the top are great. You... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

La Dune du Pilat, what a wonderful experience! It"s among the most beautiful places I"ve visited so far! You have a 150 m high sand dune, some 500 m wide, surrounded by a green pine Forrest and the ocean! The color contrast is amazing! Main attraction of the Arcachon Bassin, it"s a must when in Aquitaine. Go see it if... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a rush, this huge sand dune that you can climb up to (its slow and a work out...not recommended for a really hot day) and then walk for a couple miles on top of it with wonderful views of the ocean and beyond. Gorgeous! There are steps to get to the top, but its much more fun and a... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun day out. Great views over the dunes forest and ocean. Only slight wrinkle was that the parking machines failed on our stay and were not able to take cash or non French bank or Credit cards. Not clear what to do until money was taken by manual operators on way out.

Thank John R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best highlights of my holiday travelling through France to northern Spain. One of my friends recommended it to me and I'm so very glad that I took time to visit. Once you get past all the rubbish shops, the dune is just fabulous, unspoiled and awesome. The views are amazing. The friend I went with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stop there on our way to Arcachon. It was a pleasant surprise I must say. If you are gonna do beach might as well go there. You only have to pay for the parking also which is something like 4 euro I believe and that's it. Very nice place to chill in the sand, walk around or even do... More 

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