Arcachon, France

A Fun Activity In Arcachon Is To Climb The Dune of Pilat.

One of the coolest activities I engaged in while in France was climbing the tallest sand dune in Europe, The Dune of Pilat.

I say climbing rather than hiking as I was on my hands and knees for most of the 100m steep ascent. This immense dune is surrounded by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the other side is a pine forest wall. At 500m wide, 3km long and 107m high, it is a truly unique spectacle.

Climbing The Dune of Pilat is definitely worth the slight agony and frustration you will endure. However don’t fret, because before you know it you will have reached its peak and the spectacular views. There are stairs you can take if climbing on all fours is not your thing, but both options will create immense burning in your thighs! You are forewarned.

The 360 degrees views of the Atlantic, The Bay of Arcachon and the Pine Forest are breathtaking. It’s peaceful, remote and utterly phenomenal. Walk around the top, roll down the dune or run like a maniac to the bottom. Either way, it’s an exhilarating experience best talked about over a plate of the Arcachon’s famous oysters and a glass of rose.

  • What: The Dune of Pilat
  • Where: Arcachon. 65km SW of Bordeaux
  • When: Open 365 days. 24/7
  • Price: Free.
  • Parking: Around 5€ for cars. Free for bicycles. Dogs allowed.
  • Extra Info: Cafes and toilets are found near the base of the dune.

*Pardon my outfit. Was it laundry day? Nope. This is what I chose to put together. Yikes!*