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Dune du Pilat

route de Biscarrosse, 33115, La Teste-de-Buch, France
+33 5 56 22 12 85
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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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route de Biscarrosse, 33115, La Teste-de-Buch, France
+33 5 56 22 12 85
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Easy parking with various cafes shops on site . We paid €4 for about an hour. Steps take you to the top then glide through the sand on the way down!

Thank Laurence S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Arriving here you park your car under a maze of trees, great to keep the car a little cooler in the heat, then take a walk to the little commercial area which has improved significantly since my last visit over 15 years ago. There are...More

Thank RaycheO
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the highest dune in Europe and is a must for anyone in the area. A 4€ car park gets you in and there are shops, cafes and toilets there, before you walk up t the dune. A bit of a climb up a...More

1  Thank Tony W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Bordeaux and took the train to Ascension. From the train station we quickly grabbed a taxi to dune du pilat. There are some stairs you can climb up to reach the top of the dune. The views from the top are absolutely...More

Thank rjbordi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First: the drive back to Bordeaux may take even 2 hours because of the traffic. So plan carefully the day and hours to visit! Anyway, the first 10 kilometers back will take even 50 minutes. Great experience! The are stairs available to the top from...More

Thank Konsta O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the highest and longest dune in Eyrope. If you are on top you have a spectacular view over the Silver Coast.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a site! Sand beach ocean, hand gliding, snorkel , boating, seado, almost everthing in one spot. What a great place to go for a day

Thank AliGoebel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I's just a dune...we were told it was a greta atraction to visit but going there by car it's kinda hell because the roads are full of trucks going down to Spaion

1  Thank Thorrgal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have had the chance to see the Dune on the boat which was not as spectacular as going to the top of the dune on foot. The walk up the dune was not as difficult as I have anticipated and the fine silky sand was...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This dunes give you the impression to be in the desert. But don't panic the beautiful beach is not so far !

Thank Marie L
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How long should I allow for Dune du pilat? I am taking my two kids aged 10 and 13 . We are interested in sand boarding or any other activities... How do I find if this is offered and do I need to book in advance?
3 October 2016|
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Response from Natasha M |
It takes about 15 mins to walk to the top of the dune, then you can walk across the top. on the other side is the sea. We did not see anybody sand boarding when we were there. We did see people with a type of paraglider... More
Natasha M
Hello, how long does it take to climb to the top if you do not take the stairs? Thank you
5 August 2016|
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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
About 15 minutes up depending how fit you are. Dune ridge is about 2.5km long so allow at least 45 mins to get to the end. Only do this if you want to. Great views can be had only 5 minutes from the top. Take some water... More
How do I get there using public transportation from La Teste-de- Buch?
12 July 2016|
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Response from Alvprinsen | Reviewed this property |
Don't know sorry. Had a car