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Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat)
Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat)

Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat)

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Dune du Pilat, Archachon, Bordeaux

The Basics

Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and an expansive forest of pine trees, Pyla Dune is a unique sight that seems to belong in the Sahara Desert, not the genteel surroundings of the Bordeaux countryside. Climbing the dune is possible either on your own or as part of a tour. Taking photos of the monumental sandbank is also a popular activity, especially at sunset, and the strong winds that often blow here draw hard-core kiters and paragliders.

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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
star-4.5
$93.77 per adult
Traveler Favorite
sand dune tour to remember
Thrilling walk up and across dunes with magnificent views. Host was both informative and charming. Topped off with wonderful oysters and prawns.
jamesw001, Jun 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Bordeaux

star-5
The tour was fantastic!...
Ahad_J, Oct 2021
Private morning trip to the Dune of Pyla & oysters tasting at the local market
The tour was fantastic! Had a great time and the drive was lovely. Pick up and drop off from my preferred location. Kept busy the entire time. Food and wine were incredible and of course the sand dunes were lovely.
star-5
Best trip
Raja_A, Sep 2021
Private morning trip to the Dune of Pyla & oysters tasting at the local market
Thank you for Alais for her fruitful information. She made me feel i was in trip with a good ftiend. Had so much fun and i highly recommend viator for trips in France and do not worry if you are solo its always fun :)
star-5
Fantastic experience
Inyoung, Aug 2020
Dune du Pilat and Oysters Tasting in only 1 hour away from Bordeaux ! What else?
Punctual and great information provided, Kevin was a superb guide. Oyster farm was super fresh and tasty. Enjoyed the whole experience.
star-5
Extraordinary Oysters
SWOBODA4, May 2019
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
The excursion was excellent. Our guide, Vincent, provided thorough and interesting background information on the region. He took us to Le Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. He brought coffee for us and was helpful throughout the tour. The highlight for me was the opportunity to taste the Arcachon oysters.....the best in the world!!!
star-4
Nice
shrikantpangarkar, Sep 2018
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
Good guide quick trip and nice viewIt was not too far and the car was goodCould be good to add some more item in the food
star-5
Great small group tour
, Aug 2018
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
Great tour led by a fanatastic guide. the sand dune was Very impressive and the glass of wine at the top of the dune was a great idea! After that we went to a local oyster village where we enjoyed the oysters with a glass of wine.
star-5
I highly recommend this tour. The...
Lainey O, Sep 2017
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
I highly recommend this tour. The dune was an unusual and fun point of interest during my stay in Bordeaux. The view at the top was spectacular. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. And the oysters were really delicious!!!
star-4
Ann was our tour guide for the...
Kelly K, Oct 2017
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
Ann was our tour guide for the morning - we went and climbed the big sand dune and went to a local oyster village. Ann was a FABULOUS guide, very relaxed and kind and the small group tour format is great. If you have 4-5 days in Bordeaux, its a great tour for something a little different aside from 100 wine tasting!
star-4
The guide was professional, and we...
LionKing, Nov 2017
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
The guide was professional, and we first stop at the sand dunes. We have a glass of wine on top of the dunes, which was magical. there after we went directly for the oyster tasting with a glass of wine or prawns. The oysters were fresh but a bit small. We had greater expectation as they we directly from the farm.
star-5
Amazing Place! Wonderful oyster and...
ollieee, Jun 2016
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
Amazing Place! Wonderful oyster and wine! Super nice guide, her name is Beatrice. Just love this tour, It's funnier than wine tour although it's kind of tired to climb up to Pyla Dune!
star-4
I love this tour! We were a small...
Marina J, May 2016
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
I love this tour! We were a small group of three people, which made the dune walk and the oyster tasting very easy and totally enjoyable. I loved the little suprise when we arrived on top of the dune. Only negative thing was that the guide seemed a little insecure in terms of driving but we made it :-
star-5
This tour was really worthwhile...
Orla R, Jun 2016
Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting
This tour was really worthwhile. Out tour guide was great v knowledgeable. The sand dune was better than expected and the glass of white wine at the top was a nice touch Oysters were amazing. Defintely recommend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pyla Dune is a must-see for the whole family, though the 250-step staircase is quite a climb for little ones.

  • There is no entrance fee to access the dune.

  • For a real challenge, try walking up the sand itself instead of the staircase!

  • This activity is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Pyla Dune is located near the towns of Arcachon and La Teste-de-Buch, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Bordeaux. TGV trains run from Paris to Arcachon, and bus 1 runs from town to the beach, or you can choose to walk or cycle here. Alternatively, you can drive to the dune or join a guided tour with transportation provided.

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When to Get There

The Pyla Dune is open year-round. It’s much easier to climb the dune when the staircase is in place—from Easter weekend until the end of October—but you can attempt the climb at any time of year. Sunset is a particularly lovely time to visit.

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Visit Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin

For many people the Bordeaux region is synonymous with wine, and for good reason. The red wines produced here are some of the most loved—and most expensive—in the world. In Bordeaux city, the Cité du Vin (City of Wine) is a tourist attraction entirely devoted to wine, and features interesting exhibits, wine-tasting opportunities, movies on the subject, and more.

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