The dune of Pilat

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The highest dune in Europe

The dune of Pilat is the highest dune in Europe, its highest peak 107 metres in height. Its dimensions are impressive 2 700 meters long, 500 m wide and 60 million m3 of sand. His ascension is by stairs wood or in sand for the more energetic.

At the Summit, the effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view across the Arcachon basin. Ahead, Banc D'arguin, a large sandbar between ocean and pool where coexist in harmony different species of seabirds. In the background, the Cap Ferret peninsula and its fishing villages. There's also the huge pine forest, a sea of greenery of 6000 hectares of contiguous.

The altitude varies constantly, swinging around 100 to 117 metres above sea level. The slope is stronger on the side of forest than on the ocean side. The dune moves inexorably towards the Interior of the country and covers little by little constructions (houses, roads) on the side of the forest.

Brief summary of history

Over the centuries, the currents have carried sand to form the banc D'arguin. Then, the winds from the wide tear on its surface, with the help of droplets of water, grains of sand to the banc d'arguin at low tide, which in flying come arise on the dune to form this huge mass of fine sand.

In the 17th and 18th centuries with the influx of sand on the coast, the modern dunes have buried under fifty to sixty meters of sand, the old parabolic dunes, to become the great "dune of the Grave". At the end of the 19th century, the dune of the Grave buried by 20 to 30 metres of additional sand and takes the name of dune of Pilat.

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
Route de Biscarrosse,33164 La Teste-de-Buch
Tel :
+ 33 (0) 5 56 22 12 85

Prices :
Parking from February to November.

Opening hours :
The dune of Pilat is accessible year-round.

Good to know :
The Syndicat Mixte of the great Dune of Pilat organises animations.
A supervised summer beach allows you to bathe at the foot of the dune.

Free of charge. Guided tour.

Where to stay:

All accommodation