Dune du Pilat : The Sand Dune

The sand reaches peaks !

Today, it is possible to access it by bus, on foot, by bike, by car by parking exclusively on the official car park.

Do not hesitate to visit the official website of the Dune du Pilat.

This Great Site deserves our attention more than ever.

Site classified since 1994, it is the highest dune in Europe. The dune of Pilat impresses by its size but also by the breathtaking panorama that it offers from its summit on the Arcachon Basin, the Banc d’Arguin, the lighthouse of Cap-Ferret and the forest as far as the eye can see. Climb and admire !

Off the beaten track

This natural monument in perpetual movement, everyone seems to know it. And yet, it contains many secrets that anyone who just climbs it cannot guess. In order to unravel the mysteries of this ultra-protected space, the Grand Site of the Dune du Pilat organizes many animations for young and old, including guided walks during the day and at sunset, workshops, evenings told for adults. Depending on the weather, there are also playful workshops for children, a reception with a dune crest telescope, a discovery trail of the forest and an exhibition of the hidden face of the dune. Go to the reception area of the Dune for registration or

2,600 years ago…

The famous white lady displays beautiful measurements:

106 meters high,
2.7 km long,
60 million cubic metres of sand.

Its history goes back thousands of years. Recent archaeological excavations prove that 2,600 years ago humans lived on the site.



Several access

La Dune du Pilat est accessible par le parking qui se situe à ses pieds, côté forêt. On se gare, on longe un petit chemin et on grimpe par le petit escalier éphémère

installed from April to November. Currently there are works in the parking lot and the reception area of the Dune du Pilat. Work is expected to be completed in April 2023, but the site is still accessible.
There is another access, avenue Louis-Gaume, with the staircase of the Corniche, next to the stele of sailors perished at sea. Go down and you will find yourself directly on the beach at the foot of the Dune. This staircase is equipped with viewpoint platforms and signage describing the natural fauna and flora as well as the species living there. Go for a walk, in the evening, when the sun goes down, you will appreciate the magic of the moment.

Only one restaurant will be open this summer: we advise you to eat in advance, or to take your picnic while not forgetting to leave with your waste before your departure. This restaurant offers only products from the short circuit, with recyclable containers.

Opting for parking at the Dune parking lot is to contribute to the preservation of the Dune site. All parking revenues are used to finance the maintenance of the site.
The bike, electric bike, bus, parking relay are the right mobility reflexes to have.

There is an annual subscription with unlimited access to the car park for €15.

Learn more about the changes in the reception of the Dune du Pilat