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At the entrance of Arcachon Bay

The Dune of Pilat, just 15 minutes from the hotel

Bassin d'Arcachon hôtel - Dune du pilat

There it is, just a few minutes from Arcachon and our hotel - the Dune of Pilat, located in La Teste de Buch, one of the largest municipalities in France in terms of size. Here you’ll find 26,000 hectares shared between the working forest, the Lac de Cazaux, Arcachon Bay and the town itself.

At 110 m, the tallest sand dune in Europe is one of the highlights of the region. In its exceptional environment, this 2.9-km-long and 616-m-wide beauty, retreats eastwards and inland between 1 and 5 km per year, driven by the prevailing winds. Between the blue of the Atlantic and the green sea of pine trees, this vertical stretch of gold shines brightly. It’s a site worth protecting, especially given that, according to scientists, it is the result of an incredible cycle. The erosion of mountain chains (the Pyrenees and the Massif Central) drain into the rivers as tiny grains of quartz, which are then cast into the sea at the end of their journey. Along the coast, they are then carried by waves and build up on the beaches. They are then picked up by the coastal winds and transported inland.

Excursions and walks with commentary on the Dune and the Banc d’Arguin (discover at low tide), an educational trail and a welcome area with a telescope allow you to better understand this ever-astounding phenomenon.

The Banc d’Arguin has been classed as a nature reserve since 1972 and has an ever-shifting appearance, 4 km long and 2 km wide at low tide. A part of its area is inaccessible to protect the fauna and flora, while mankind can work on the oyster farms in perfect harmony with nature. If you love freshwater, you’ll love the Lac de Cazaux, the second largest freshwater lake in France, protected from the wind by the surrounding forest.