La dune du Pyla

No need to present the Dune du Pyla located just next to Arcachon

The dune of Pyla has the title of the highest dune in Europe (100 m high). You can actually see it from far away. The dune of Pyla attracts a lot of tourists in high season, do not expect to find a quiet and relaxing place to be close to nature, the sea and the wind. The view on the Arcachon basin or on the pine forest is worth the trip. Most people rest and admire the view from the top of the dune.

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Duration: 2 h.

The car park of the Dune du Pyla

The car park of the Dune du Pyla
The parking is of course paying. Beware of the crowds in high season, the site attracts a lot of people and the car park can quickly become saturated.

The shops

The shops
You can find the souvenir shops before going up the dune. It takes only a few minutes to reach the foot of the dune from the parking lot.

The climb

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The climb
The ascent is by stairs and the descent in the sand.

At the bottom of the Pyla Dune

At the bottom of the Pyla Dune
The site attracts 2 million tourists a year, the second most visited natural site in France behind the Mont-Saint-Michel bay. Don't expect to be alone during the summer months.

On top of the Pyla Dune

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On top of the Pyla Dune
People take a rest while admiring the magnificent view of the ocean and the forest.

The Arguin Bank

The Arguin Bank
At the bottom of the Pyla dune you can see the Arguin bank which is an islet of sand. The Arguin bank is a nature reserve that can be visited by boat. It is the sand of the Arguin bank raised by the wind that forms the dune.

The immensity of the dune

The immensity of the dune
Most people don't venture very far.

View on the forest

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View on the forest
There are several paths for the descent, depending on your physical level and your desires you can choose the slope that suits you best.

The rest

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The rest
The place encourages rest and meditation.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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