La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

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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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  • Amazing a must if in the area some must fun with family, once at the top, views are worth the climb don’t take the stairwell…. parking was easy enough…………………………………,.. 
    Amazing a must if in the area some must fun with family, once at the top, views are worth the climb don’t take the stairwell…. parking was easy enough…………………………………,..  more »
  • Went a few days ago in the evening time to enjoy the sunset.The view is absolutely stunning. Perfect for amazing family pictures. The car park is so handy right at the bottom of the dune. You do have....  more
    Went a few days ago in the evening time to enjoy the sunset.The view is absolutely stunning. Perfect for amazing family pictures. The car park is so handy right at the bottom of the dune. You do have....  more »
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  • This place is incredible. The sand dune in the middle of the forest and right on the beach. This is something you would never expect to find. This is a place not to miss on your trip. Expect to climb the stairs or the dune going up. You can enjoy the view from the top or walk down the dune to the ocean. The climb back up is very long and steep. It is worth doing but take water and take it slow back up. Go visit this amazing wonder.
  • A must visit place if you are in the area. You can park in the trees. Perhaps take a bottle of water and your camera, not a big bag of bits. Take your time, bare feet may be best There are steps up which is the best way. Take time to sit and enjoy the view. A truely beautiful place.

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