At the Top of the Tallest Sand Dune in Europe


dune du pilat

Well hello there everyone, I am here to tell you about the time I decided to take a day trip to La Dune du Pilat (or Pyla), the tallest sand dune in Europe.

I’d heard different things about it, from “It’s one of the greatest sights in France!” to “I don’t get why people make a big deal about it.” All I gotta say is that the haters are wrong, because La Dune is incredible.

It’s also very cheap and easy to get to from Bordeaux. There are multiple trains a day going to and from Bordeaux and Arcachon (also a good place to visit) that cost from around 8-10 euro one-way, depending on the time of day and your age. Once you get to Arcachon you can catch the bus line 1 that is directly in front of the train station. It costs one euro each way and leaves you directly in front of the Dune.


Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be as amazing as it was. Having seen sand dunes before I was excited to go but didn’t think I’d be surprised. Boy was I wrong. It´s so HUGE and so breathtaking! And the best part was that it was surrounded by both forest and ocean. I wish I had pictures that actually did justice to how beautiful it is! The forest literally goes on as far as you can see, and the ocean is incredibly blue and full of small islands.

After taking in the view for a long time we decided to go down to the beach and soak our feet in the water. There were a lot of people enjoying the day with their families, reading, playing, sunbathing. There’s also a black rock that was very popular with the lovers.


We stayed at the beach for a long, long time until hunger got the best of us and we decided to part in search of fresh oysters. I was a bit sad that we didn’t catch the sunset but I was also quite excited for oysters. We decided to go to this little oyster town that’s on the train line on the way to Arcachon called Gujan-Mestras. We figured it was less touristy and that we’d get fresher oysters and a more local experience. The train from Arcachon to Gujan-Mestras was only 2.40 Euro and we found an oyster bar very close to the station.



Most people came in to purchase the oysters to take home, but we decided to stay and enjoy the menu (here “menu” is kind of like a “special”) which included 12 fresh oysters, a glass of wine, bread, butter, and lemon for 10 euro. The girl who worked there- who was seriously just one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met- let us have two extra glasses of wine for only 2 euro (one euro glass of wine what what??). We had a great dinner and enjoyed the warm, friendly atmosphere of the place.

Afterwards we returned to Bordeaux happy and satisfied. It was one of those days when you go to bed really tired but smiling.

So in conclusion, I gotta say I agree with the lovers and say, if you ever go to Bordeaux, you have to go to La Dune de Pilat


2 thoughts on “At the Top of the Tallest Sand Dune in Europe

  1. Interesting, didn’t realise that the sand dunes are that tall. Better to visit with a partner than alone? Considering all the lovers there? haha..:)

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