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La Grande Dune du Pilat, Pyla-sur-Mer

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#1 of 449 in Parks in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Must see · Geologic Formation · Landmark
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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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  • If you don´t care about the wind and the sand in your shoes, you need to come. The views from the top are amazing and you can play and have fun. Is a very good place. In december/low season is not... 
    If you don´t care about the wind and the sand in your shoes, you need to come. The views from the top are amazing and you can play and have fun. Is a very good place. In december/low season is not...  more »
  • An amazing place, just a bit windy & cold when we went, so got sand whipped! Would have been nice to have a coffee inside & something to eat but lots of building work being done. 
    An amazing place, just a bit windy & cold when we went, so got sand whipped! Would have been nice to have a coffee inside & something to eat but lots of building work being done.  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.
  • An absolutely stunning site, a marvellous miracle of the nature. Do not forget to walk down to the beach and feel the mild ocean. And also to run down from the sandy dune - great experience! No matter what season, you can have a good time any time here.

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