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Dune du Pilat Beach, La Teste-de-Buch

Dune of Pilat is located at the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon

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Belonging to the coastal dunes of Aquitaine, it is a single dune that is always moving and is in fact the tallest sand dune in Europe. Between ocean and forest, it moves from 1 to 5 meters per year to the east under the influence of winds prevailing and tides.

It has gradually covered the adjoining forest. Consisting of about 60 million m3 of sand, the Dune du Pilat measuring 100 to 115 meters high depending on the year. The dune is 2.7km in length and 500m wide.

There is an information point where you can discover more about the area which also hosts free events and exhibitions and offers guided tours. A picnic area with benches, water fountains and litter bins is also available, During the summer months from April until early November there is also a staircase (160 steps) installed to allow easier access to the summit.

Access to the dune is free. You can park here but parking is paid. 

The reception area is available for people with reduced mobility. There are eight disabled parking spaces, toilets, a reception building and tourist information which have all been adapted for disabled access. Access to the top of the dune is so far impossible for these people but special attention will be given soon to discover this exceptional site in a different way.

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  • Paid Parking
  • Accessibility
  • Disabled access

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