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Dune du Pilat (Dune of Pyla)

Arcachon is to the west of Bordeaux (51 km), and is at the northern end of the longest, sandiest coast in Europe, stretching 200 kilometres to Biarritz - known as the Côte d'argent ('the silver coast').

The big attractions in Arcachon are the beach, the town itself, which is very attractive, and the seafood restaurants. Arcachon is not exposed to the full might of the Atlantic waves, being on the edge of a large inlet, the Arcachon Basin, rather than facing the sea directly.

The 'Dune du Pilat' sand dune is a few kilometres south of Arcachon, and is the largest sand dune in Europe, at more than 110 metres high. It is about 3km long, and steep!
Need hard work to climb up but the views from the top are well worth the effort - out to sea, along the coast, and back across the Les Landes forests.

It really is an interesting and fascinating place to visit.

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  • Last visit to Arcachon: Jan 2011
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Nice beach town. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Shanghai, SL :)


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