La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

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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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  • Incredible experience, requiring some training if you want to push it to the end. From the top, the views are fantastic. But the experience can be very unpleasant under windy conditions. Otherwise...  more »
  • What a stunning view you get once you do the mega climb to the top worth every step even though it’s tough It was a lovely day today and you could see for miles There were a lot of people and no.....  more »
  • 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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