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Trip to the Dune du Pyla

The highest dune in Europe

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Trip to the Dune du Pyla
Inserted: 05.01.2021
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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Just about 70 kilometers southwest of the famous city – Bordeaux you will find the highest dune in Europe – Duna du Pilat (or Pyla). This over a hundred meter high pile of sand is sandwiched between a green forest and the sea, which adds to the photo's attrac­tiveness.

Ascent to the dune

Getting to the dune is relatively easy from Bordeaux, take the A63 motorway or the A660 in the direction of Arcachon. From the end of the highway it is only 9 km to the dune, or to a large parking lot at the information center. Then a short journey through the forest awaits you, which is consumed by the gradually expanding sand to the foot of the dune, from where it is the more than 100 meters of altitude in the loose sand upwards.

Ascent to the dune
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View back to the starting point of the walk

Looking back you can see the entrance to Arcachon Bay. The houses built close to the dune are in great danger, because the sand is shifting and has already been swallowed up by several of them.

View back to the starting point of the walk
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Sea views

From the top of the dune you can already see the sea and the sandy islands in the area

Sea views
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The top of the dune in sight

The dune is about 2.5 kilometers long, so quite a cat. If you have the strength to travel on the sand, go to its top, which from a distance looks like an Egyptian pyramid

The top of the dune in sight
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Pilat dune crossing

Although Duna du Pilat is a well-known tourist destination, thanks to its size it is possible to take photos without people quite easily. If you want interesting weather, it's a trip from another planet

Pilat dune crossing
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View from the top

Finally we stand on top of the largest dune in Europe!

View from the top
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View from the top of the beach

Someone takes it from the top directly to the sea to the beach. People can only be seen there as small dots

View from the top of the beach
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