Dune of Pilat and Banc d’arguin

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Banc d'Arguin and dune of pilat

Sandy Ocean Island in the nature reserve.


The tallest sand dune in Europe is the dune of Pilat in Arcachon bay. The dune is 60 km from the city of Bordeaux. The dune of Pilat is also familiarly known as dune of pyla.

Dune of Pilat’s prominence

The dune of Pilat is a famous tourist destination with more than 1 million visitors per year. The Arcachon’s bay is a fascinating world with multiple landscapes like oyster ports, sandy beaches, pine forests, a famous peninsula and the highest dune in Europe.

Entertaining walk through the sand

A long way to Arcachon bay through sands is the dune of Pilat. People who love to walk in the sand can enjoy the most fun in the dune of Pilat. People used to take steps while feeling little tired. But it is the exact fun when you walk through the sand. Once you reach the top of the dune, you can have a tremendous view on all sides of the Arcachon bay.

Restaurants and villas on the dune

On the way of walk, there are cute villas to have a look at. Little restaurants are accessible on the way to the top of the dune. It takes a long time to reach to the top. People who are having physical problems in walking and breathing can just think twice before climbing on the dune.

A perfect walking experience on the sand of dune can be got. You would really need patience and enthusiasm to reach the tallest peak in Europe. It obviously takes an hour long to have the wonderful view on the top.

Attractive dune in France

Watching the sunset while walking on the dune is also a special experience. Dune of Pilat is the second most visited natural monument in France. It can be very hot so do wear a hat and take a bottle of water up with you. Mostly hot during summer but not all the time.

You can see the sunset with a guide with you. He/she explains you all about the dune and the top view of the gorgeous city.

About Banc d’arguin

The national nature reserve Banc d’ Arguin is a national nature reserve situated in Aquitaine of France. The Banc d’Arguin is a sandbar about 4 km long and 2 km wide at low tide. The Banc d’Arguin has been classified national nature reserve in 1972.

Exciting visit to banc d’arguin

Dune vegetation is kind, able to adapt to the extreme conditions of the dune. The Banc d’ Arguin is found next to the Bay of Biscay. The bay is located near vast ocean trenches. An abyssal plateau which is a privileged site for observing the dolphin, the Grey Seal or leatherback turtle is found.

Familiarity of the nature reserve

Sandy Ocean Island is the nature reserve. Banc d’Arguin is located at the entrance of Arcachon facing the Dune of Pilat. Banc d’arguin is the highest in Europe with its 107 metres. The Arguin bank is called a sandy island. The reserve has an exceptional landscape setting.

The dune vegetation makes it an important place for nesting birds protected. The reserve is also an important site for many wintering and migratory species. The amazing discovery of the nature reserve can be done throughout the year with visits and activities adapted to the various seasons.

Another park with the same name

Despite its protected status, the nature reserve is scared for growing crowds of tourists and the development of oyster farming on the outer area. Mauritania has a protected area with the same name. The Arguin Bank National Park also receives many colonies of migratory birds.

Some pics!