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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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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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The highest dune in Europe

Amazing panorama that changes daily, requires good fitness level but well worth it for the views. On a sunny day it is stunning.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Gujan-Mestras, France
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Gujan-Mestras, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing panorama that changes daily, requires good fitness level but well worth it for the views. On a sunny day it is stunning.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before heading to Bordeaux area I already had going to this place on my bucket list! We rented a car (with GPS) and drove from Bordeaux to this place. The drive was healing and about an hour- indeed hassle free and had no trouble getting to the place. My hubby and I both love to hike and got a good... More 

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Gaziantep, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was one of the most interesting places, I have ever seen. A surreal place. It was a practically mountain of sand, just after a forest. In winter the only way to go is by taxi from Arcachon. You have to wear appropriate clothes.

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Les Essards, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here early January. There was only 2 other cars in the carpark so had the feeling of the place was all ours. When you get your first glimpse of the dune from the carpark. It looks surreal and out of place and dominating. We climbed to the top and the view despite the bad weather was stunning. Loved it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We went around lunchtime and it wasnt too crowded. We spent a wonderful 2 hours, its peaceful and the view is amazing. Catch a sunset or sunrise I am sure its stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We love to hike on New Years Day, and since we were staying in Bordeaux, we were looking for something nearby. Dune du Pilat is about an hour away from where we were staying in the city, and after reading the positive reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to check it out. First of all, the weather could not have been... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Everybody can go to eiffel tower,to venecia,england,usa etc. But dune du pilat is very different place because you pass from the forrest and then just infront of you ,you see this beautiful place. If you take the train from st jean gare and get out in Arcachon gare you will find the bus to dune du pilat the way takes... More 

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Mimizan, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Check the highest dune of Europe. Make sure you have clear sky's for a unforgettable view. And get some wine and oysters after this climbing adventure.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

If you are in the neighbourhood, even in Bordeaux, make the effort to visit this place. It is worth the trip. The sand Dune is very big and easy to access, just drive right to the base. The hike up will take some effort; but achievable. Once on top, the view and experience is awesome - the endless sand dune... More 

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valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Growing up in Dunes Country on the shores of Lake Michigan, I thought--oh, well, I've seen dunes. But nothing like this one. It is gigantic and only youths can climb it. We opted for the stairs--there must be over a hundred not very wide ones. One arrives breathless at the top. If like me, you have a bit of acrophobia,... More 

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