La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

4.8
#1 of 89 in Nature in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Must see · Geologic Formation · Landmark
When you visit La Grande Dune du Pilat, you'll immediately realize why this immense, tall dune is one of the most visited natural sites in the entire country. Officially called the Dune of Pilat, this unique land mass located in Arcachon Bay is the tallest sand dune in Europe and a favorite site for hikers and windsurfers. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and an enormous pine forest, this dune on a peninsula is one of the most unique landscapes in all of France. Locals call it a "Sand Monster" or a "Menacing Sand Wall." Thanks to recent developments, you can reach the dune easily by car. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to La Grande Dune du Pilat and many more Pyla-sur-Mer attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pyla-sur-Mer road trip app.
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  • We visited in August and none of the thousand of other tourists took any social distancing precautions. Mask wearing is required, half of the visitors do not comply. Nobody checks. Looking back we...  more »
  • A huge desert is not something you expect to see in France but here it is, a 3 km long, 107-meter high dune! I can not describe my feelings when I first climbed up and saw this huge space, it was...  more »
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  • We went there from Bayonne by car, parked there and walked through a beautiful forest for about 20 minutes. Once we got there we were unpleasantly surprised to find that there was a huge wall of sand and no stairs to climb it at all. Getting to the top was hard but I would do it again without a doubt. It was definitely worth it!!! It is a great place to practice paragliding and the views are unparalelled. Don't miss the chance to visit this unique landscape, you won't regret it.
  • This is something from an other planet. Suoer strange and breathtaking at the same time.

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