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Mar 15, 2014 - Dune du Pyla

Today was very cloudy, like fog, and the drive north was mainly on motorway with little scenery. We left at 11am and arrived at Dune du Pyla at 1.30pm paying 3 lots of tolls totalling €12.90. Parking at the sand dune was €4 for 4 hours, which was plenty of time for us to climb to the top of dune and have a look around. It is the highest sand dune in Europe, 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Currently it is 110 metres above the sea below, and engulfs the forest on the eastern side. On a clear day the view...

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Nov 13, 2011 - Beach & Bordeaux

To take a break from cobbled streets etc we headed to the coast. Arcachon is situated on large bay or "bassin", which makes it a perfect place for safe bathing. It came into existence in the 19th century purely as a bathing resort for the leisured class of Bordeaux, grew with the establishment of rail connections, but still retains a "genteel" air. At the end of the summer with a chilly breeze it had a slightly melancholy air. However we made the most of it and enjoyed a 17euro "menu" at Le Thiers, one of the beachfront restaurants - 3...

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Bruce & Ian 2011

Aug 4, 2008 - La Dune du Pyla

We went to visit the Dunes. We climbed up the Dunes a frist time and it wasnt that difficult. When we arrived to De La Foret, where we camped out the Dune was about 20 feet from our tent. My 9 year old sister,5 year old cousin, and I climbed the Dune a second time. After we got to the top we ran down to the outher side where their was a beach not many people their just another family. We wanted to go swimming so we decide to climb back up and get our bathing suits. Not even half way bqck up the Dune we couldn't go any more. The Dune is more...

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Nov 7, 2007 - Sand dunes

Just where the southern side of the Arachon baisin meets the atlantic you come across this monster. Marked on the map as either Dune de Pyla or dune de Pilat, we were quite surprised to catch a glipse of this through the trees while driving along. Of course we then had to stop and investigate,which led to us climbing the dune, all 107metres of it. Well it would be rude not to as there is a fibreglass staircase installed up the steep rear side to help you and the view from the top is amazing.

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