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“Come here, climb this!”
Review of Dune du Pilat

Dune du Pilat
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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.
Metchosin, Canada
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“Come here, climb this!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Wow. Come here, climb this. You'll get great views and sand in your socks! To really walk it allow 2 hours.

Visited December 2013
Thank Linda S
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Go Early”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

The Dune du Pilat or Dune of Pyla is an absolute must while visiting La Bassin d'Arcachon, this huge sand-dune gives commanding views over the bay, the sand banks and the entrance to the bay, Cap Ferret headlands and lighthouse which gives the bay its natural protection, and the forests leading inland. The sand dune is still growing and has already completely engulfed several houses, each year the battle is on to keep the sand dune at bay. The climb to the top of the dune is a trudge for the not so fit, a breeze for the kids, then running down the side of the dune to the cafes at the bottom is fun.
At the foot of dune lays a small village of gift shops, cafes/restaurants a small visitors centre and the all important rest rooms although the queue for these can get a little excessive.
I definitely go early spend the morning here or pay the consequences, on occasions we have measured the queue of traffic waiting to enter the site at lunch time at over 6Kms, but one thing is certain.....

GO... you really must .... the views from the dune top are... SPECTACULAR

The only fee is for parking which is a ticket system, remember to pay at the pay station at the visitors center as you leave, many don't then cant get out.

Visited August 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“when you're in the neighbourhood don't forget to pass at Dune de pilat”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Free parking for 30 minutes, but nobody manages to park; reach the top of the dune; and leave the parking within 30 minutes. Great commerce ;-) The price of the parking is very much acceptable compared to this unique spot. A must visit when your in the neighbourhood!

Visited September 2013
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“Nature is stunning, but don't go if nature/sand isn't your thing...”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Seen in Mid November so lack of tourists made it more enjoyable - can only imagine the craziness in peak season. Nice quick little hike up to the 'largest sand dune' in Europe, hence why it must be visited. If you are not fit, just take your time and you will manage - don't forget it is sand so it's 3 steps up 2 steps down.....
Beautiful view at the top, but lots of stalls at the bottom for all sorts of souvenirs, looses the whole 'nature' atmosphere...
Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and then 1Euro for the next 4 hours. annoying that's you need to pay now, but at least it's reasonably priced!!!
Impressive to see the see 'eating' the forest!
Would be interesting to see this in 10 years to see how much more forest gets covered in sand...
Be prepared to finish covered in sand - not something that would seriously hurt - I suggest just taking shoes off, having fun and at the bottom, near the stalls, wash your feet at the tap! make the most of it - maybe take a cardboard box to 'luge' down the dune after!!!! Apparently there are stairs in July/August to make it easier to access the top, so maybe this won't be possible then... But it was in November...

Visited November 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

If you are in the area it is a must see. Visit on a good day and if you are feeling fit try going up on the right hand side to the top. The views are amazing and the dunes a miracle of nature.

Visited October 2013
Thank TonyAL2605
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