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15 Miles to Arcachon

When I set out on this First trip of 2005 from Paris to Bordeaux, it was with a view to climb the Dune de Pyla. It is instructive to note that Arcachon is about 57 miles from Bordeaux. So it was wise to base in Bordeaux the first night and just did a leisure drive to Arcachon the following day.

First sight of Dune de Pyla!

As I approached the bend, I saw a spetacle, like the end of the road. Instintively, I packed my car, and took this shot. This was the first impression of the Dune de Pyla:
117 meters high, and 9kilometers in lenght. It lies south of Arcachon.

Tour Guide

Immediately at the Car Park, you will see maps showing the entire area, and the direction to follow.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice beach, beautiful Dunes
  • Cons:Could be very tiring to do the whole dunes
  • In a nutshell:Its a wonder!
  • Last visit to Arcachon: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    Great sand dunes! "Close to the sun" it is indeed... I like that title :-))

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 4:35 AM

    I am hoping to climb Dune 7 in Namibia in April. This one also looks kinda gruelling ;-)

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 3:46 AM

    Arcachon is probably my next stop :). Will try to climb the dune aswell!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2007 at 5:08 AM

    cool sand dunes!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 9:18 AM

    Fantastic dunes I would love to visit someday. Well, they remind me dunes (the largest in Europe) close to Leba, Poland and in Curonian Split, Lithuania.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2005 at 2:55 PM

    What a big old dune you climbed up there! Another nice page!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 2:37 PM

    A great page, Toyin. It looks like fun on the dune. I don't think I would try it though.

  • florry's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 12:44 AM

    I dont think i would be climbing up that dune either:)...all the best...

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2005 at 10:20 AM

    Well, I can't find the pic of you. But it is a very interesting page. Which one are you?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 6:17 AM

    That certainly is an amazing dune. A big play area. I wasn't even aware of this area... well done on the introduction


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