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“Its a big dune”
Review of Dune du Pilat

Dune du Pilat
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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux Including Pyla Dune and Oyster Tasting
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

underwhelmingly touristy. Sorry its just a big dune on at the sea side. extremely busy with people,long walk down to the sea.

1  Thank bikalista
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Panorama dune site which is the best site close to the dune. It has family chalets and camper and tent areas in the forest, the site has pools, shop restaurants etc and all the support facilities you need when camping or touring.

1  Thank Terry252
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

BEWARE !
We went for a visit last week to show the dunes to my 2 twenty something kids - we had been before. It seems the car park is monitored by criminals who wait for you to lock all your valuables and stuff you don't want to get sand in, 'out of site' in the boot, then break in and steal the lot when you are on the dunes. Completely ruined our whole holiday as all cash/phones/cards/ipods all went. Told the police who did nothing except take statements and tell us that they know how they work.!

3  Thank kevin r
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The 100-meter ascent seemed daunting and we weren't entirely sure we'd make it, but oh, what we would have missed! An amazing 360-degree view from the summit of Europe's largest sand dune includes the expansive Arcachon Basin and Atlantic Ocean, as well as pine forests. Bring a towel and some drinking water, and spend time at the top, people-watching and meditating on this natural wonder. On the way to the base, there's a "village" of souvenir stands and snackbars, as well as a couple of clean restrooms. The four-euro fee to park and traffic (in the summer) can be avoided by parking on the road just past the entrance.

Thank Mimi K
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

La Dune de Pilat (Pyla) is a must see if you are in the Southwest of France! It is the largest sand dune in Europe and the views from on top are gorgeous! You can see the entire Bassin d'Archachon to the ocean and on the other side is a gorgeous pine forest.
You have to be prepared to walk! There is a decent walk from the parking to the bottom of the dune and then a long staircase up or you can climb the dune (challenging!). If you go in hot weather, bring water, sunscreen, etc and be prepared that the sand will be HOT! We had to leave our shoes on or our feet would have burned. Once on top, the views are incredible and the dune seems to go on forever! You can go down the other side to the water ( but you'll have to climb back up the sand, no stairs). When we were ready to leave, we ran down the dune instead of taking the stairs and it was fun!
There is a fee for parking. There is food for purchase but we brought a picnic lunch and sat in one of the picnic areas by parking. If it hadn't been 90 degrees that day we probably would have picnicked on the dune! Next time!

Thank Cab4612
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