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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.
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Oh my goodness this was definitely the best part of our break in Bordeaux. Loved Bordeaux but this was something else. We caught the train in the centre (36 euros) for two for an hour each way train ride. So cheap. We went on a sunny Sunday and found that unfortunately the buses don’t run on Sundays but we managed with a bit of difficulty to get a taxi. My tip is to avoid visiting on Sundays then your trip will be much more straight forward. Fantastic place to visit though.

4  Thank lesleypuplett
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"views are amazing"
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"walk up"
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"amazing sight"
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"worth the effort"
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"sunny day"
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"fine sand"
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The most beautiful sights we have ever seen. The effort to climb to the top is well worth the stunning panoramic views. We went in September and there wasn't many people around, the weather was lovely and hot making it an ideal place to sunbathe by the sea. The photos don't do this place justice, it's a must see!!

2  Thank Gazteorio
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

On the day we went, it was very very windy. The dunes were very impressive and beautiful and I would like to have spent more time, walking down towards the end. The wind was whipping up the sand on our faces and although my arms and legs were covered, I could still feel it stinging after a while. I had also come totally unprepared clothing-wise which was bad planning on my behalf. Most people just climb up the end closest to the entrance, stay for a while and go back down, but it's possible to enter at other locations if you drive further down. It's also possible to climb down to the water. Just keep in mind that there is no infrastructure, so you will get sand everywhere, in your shoes, in your pockets, in your eyes and the wind is strong so find something to cover your face. The shorter you are, the more it will affect you as the sand whips low.

3  Thank munchingmoo
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We arrived with a fellow motor homer intending to view the Dune, and rode through the automatic barrier where you take a ticket which allows 30 minutes of free parking, theafter it's Euros 8.00.
The car parking is beautifully paved and nicely laid out whereas the parking for motor homes is third rate, unmade and with large trees making manoeuvres very difficult. Even difficult to exit. We decided it would take us at least 30 minutes to walk to the dunes so there was no free advantage at all, and we drove away.
Wouldn't attempt this again with anything larger than a VW Campervan.

2  Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

This is a spot one must see to believe. Europe’s largest sand dune is a place of both beauty and awe. The effort to make the climb to the top is well worth it. The panoramic views all around are amazing.

1  Thank Carlos V
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