From the top of her sand, she contemplates us

It is the must-see event for all lovers of the Arcachon Basin. Sunny on sunny days, capricious, windy days, mysterious rainy days… The Dune du Pilat looks at us from the top of its 109 meters, proud of its 500-metre waistline, and its long hair of more than 2,700 meters…

The Grande Dune, the highest in Europe, lets its 60 million m3 of fine quartz sand grains slip under your feet…

The origin of the term “Pilat” goes back to the Gascon, where “pilot” meant “sand heaps”. As for the final “a”, perhaps it is due to our gaping and happy mouth when we contemplate the magical panorama of the Arcachon Basin from the top of the Dune….

On one side the vast and beautiful pine forest of the Teste de Buch, on the other the swirls of the Basin and the Banc d’Arguin…

During your stay in Arcachon, to pass for a “sophisticated traveler”, above all, do not confuse the Great Lady vec the “P”y”la”, whose resort “Pyla-sur-Mer” owes its “y” only to a coquettishness supposed to delight its visitors …

The Pilat Dune is above all a remarkable geomorphological phenomenon. Born from a complex game between sand, winds and tides, this natural monument has the distinction of being in perpetual motion, evolving over the years.

It is a fragile ecosystem to be protected. Many facilities have been set up to climb the Pilat Dune safely while allowing you to enjoy a unrivalled panoramic views of the Arcachon Basin, the adjoining pine forest and the ocean.

Immerse yourself in the heart of an exceptional landscape. For lovers of sensation, the Dune du Pilat is also the flight point of hang gliders or colorful paragliders.

All around the Dune, many walks will guide you between the pines, in the heart of the forest of La Teste-de-Buch. If you want to orient yourself towards the water, the summit of the Dune will naturally guide you to its slope, in order to enjoy the delicate sandy beaches of the Arcachon Basin. You can walk at your own pace, in peace, along the Dune, the beach of the Corniche, facing the Banc d’Arguin, towards Arcachon, or, go up to the beach of Petit Nice, towards Biscarosse.