Great Dune of Pilat
Great Dune of Pilat
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  • Rob S
    Gold Coast, Australia1,218 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Giant sand dune fun to climb
    Dune du Pilar is a must see if you head to Arcachon in France. This huge dune is fun to hike up and view the coastline. Amply supplied services mean food and drink is available at the base. Caution - this can be a busy place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • DrJohnWong
    Singapore, Singapore776 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids loved it ao much they wanted to climb it a second time!
    I brought my 3 kids (11,9,6 year old) and we all managed to reach the top. Glad we wore our windbreakers as the wind was strong and chilly once at the summit. We drove to the location. Note that Apple and googlemaps guides you to the wrong location. The correct entry point is actually the carpark linked to the roundabout. Entry to climb the Dune is free. Parking costs 7euros for 4 hours. There are free toilets and a couple of cafes at the start of the climb.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome about covers it
    We had heard that this was worth a look, as a large sand dune- turns out that description is somewhat undersold. Truly amazing as much longer wider and taller than we expected. Surprisingly easy to ascend- we used the plastic steps but many people enjoyed the challenge of the dune itself. Once on the top, you can just relax and take in the breath-taking scale, or walk along the ridge for as far as the eye can see. jumping down is a great joy, even for us 60+ year olds, as the sand cushions every bounce. Go barefoot or be ready to pour a kilo or so of sand out of your shoes, back at the bottom
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2024
  • yetemily
    Peterborough, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you are in the area
    A very nice way to spend a few hours. No charge to climb the dune itself, you just need to pay for the car park. Once at the top of the dune you can keep walking along it or enjoy the view. There is a set of stairs to get up and down you can use if you want to.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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yetemily
Peterborough, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A very nice way to spend a few hours. No charge to climb the dune itself, you just need to pay for the car park. Once at the top of the dune you can keep walking along it or enjoy the view. There is a set of stairs to get up and down you can use if you want to.
Written 13 June 2024
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had heard that this was worth a look, as a large sand dune- turns out that description is somewhat undersold. Truly amazing as much longer wider and taller than we expected. Surprisingly easy to ascend- we used the plastic steps but many people enjoyed the challenge of the dune itself. Once on the top, you can just relax and take in the breath-taking scale, or walk along the ridge for as far as the eye can see. jumping down is a great joy, even for us 60+ year olds, as the sand cushions every bounce. Go barefoot or be ready to pour a kilo or so of sand out of your shoes, back at the bottom
Written 17 May 2024
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DrJohnWong
Singapore, Singapore776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I brought my 3 kids (11,9,6 year old) and we all managed to reach the top. Glad we wore our windbreakers as the wind was strong and chilly once at the summit.

We drove to the location. Note that Apple and googlemaps guides you to the wrong location. The correct entry point is actually the carpark linked to the roundabout.

Entry to climb the Dune is free. Parking costs 7euros for 4 hours. There are free toilets and a couple of cafes at the start of the climb.
Written 12 March 2024
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Rob S
Gold Coast, Australia1,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Dune du Pilar is a must see if you head to Arcachon in France. This huge dune is fun to hike up and view the coastline.
Amply supplied services mean food and drink is available at the base.
Caution - this can be a busy place.
Written 19 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

HCMZD
Zagreb, Croatia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This place is really impressive and amazing. This is must place to visit!
If you go here make sure to take a sun cream and enjoy it at fullest.
Written 13 June 2023
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JeffyT
London, UK9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited in beautiful weather. Nice views, great forest but hard to have a good time because it was too sandy.
Written 30 March 2023
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seattlesez
Seattle, WA433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
When we think of imposing natural beauty we think the USA has almost a monopoly but this dune would be a major destination anywhere!!
Written 25 September 2022
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Amanda T
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Arrived early by car. Parking was 6 euros over 4 hours ansd secure. Walk up 127 steps then a little further on the sand to reach the top. Had our swim kit and water in rucksack so ran down the other side for a dip in the ocean. Stayed a few hours then headed back up the sand Dune. No steps this time but once at the top it was a fun run down the other side.

You need to have a good level of fitness if you want to go down for a dip.

Great day out.
Written 8 August 2022
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,621 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We are suckers for weird things....and if you tell me we're close to the biggest sand dune in Europe…we’re going. About 30 miles outside of Bordeaux, the drive isn’t too painful, unless you’re in the middle of high vacation season, in which case there will be cars for miles. You will encounter traffic as you are heading to the coast, along with everyone else. Most of the traffic peels off before the dune. Parking is straightforward. As you start walking towards the dune you quickly encounter some of the finest (particle size) sand you’ll ever meet, which makes walking a bit more of an exercise. Eventually, you see a giant effing dune that requires a set of stairs to ascend. I thought I was in bad shape, but easily passed several people younger than me. Once at the top you are rewarded with an expansive view of the Atlantic coastline. It is beautiful. You can bring a blanket, picnic basket, and set up shop for a couple hours…Or snap a few pics and head back down…I did the latter. Overall, not too difficult and, therefore, worthwhile. Recommended
Written 15 October 2021
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA664 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It's more interesting for the challenge. Depending on where you go up, it can be a stiff climb and very steep. Make sure to take you shoes off immediately as it makes the climb easier and take breaks. The view is okay but nothing overwhelming.
Written 16 August 2021
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