DUNE DU PILAT SOUTH WEST FRANCE DUNE DU PYLA
a380 atlantic france image La Giraudiere
Supplying information about the
famous sand dune in south west France

SOUTH WEST FRANCE
beach south west france image

DUNE DU PILAT  or DUNE DU PYLA

SOUTH WEST FRANCE

Having stayed at La Giraudiere previously for a working holiday I decided, 7 years later, to return as a paying guest. For your information, La Giraudiere is, or was, an old Charente property which is currently being renovated and converted into a holiday coast france imagehamlet or tourist complex. During my second visit I came across an old discarded tourist leaflet describing a natural phenomenon - "Dune du Pyla"  which also goes by the name of "Dune du Pilat".Totally absorbed by the description of this natural phenomenon, it's natural beauty and yet horrific size, I felt compelled to set off the next morning to see if it existed for myself. After breakfast I set off early from La Giraudiere, map in hand, on my quest. From Brossac I headed north along the D731 in the direction of Barbezieux which is 18 km north of Brossac, at Barbezieux I picked up the N10 or route national 10 direction Bordeaux. At Bordeaux I followed the signs for Arcachon which lies 8km north of my Goal - the dune.  Sixty minutes or so and some 100 kilometers into my journey I entered the tall pine forest where French Kings once hunted and found myself totally surrounded by pine trees to the left, the right and as far as the eye could see. The sun was just commencing to pierce the morning mist and upon opening my window I was overwhelmed by the pungent aroma of the pine forest. The sun was beginning to win its battledune france image against the morning mist which was dispersing with all haste as I advanced nearer and nearer to my goal.  At the same time the landscape began to change with the pine trees appearing to lean in awe of something greater and then,  suddenly,  there it was towering above the tall pines and standing defiantly in front of me.   I  trying not to lose sight of this magnificent phenomenon whilst keeping one eye on the road.  I followed until I saw a sun burnt and wind blasted statue standing some 105 meters high and over 2500 meters wide - yet it was always moving, rising and advancing inland as though retreating from the blue ocean - yes,  this natural golden phenomenon was truly awe-inspiring.  I had arrived at the Dune du  Pilat - the largest sand dune in Europe. After parking my car  I embarked on the climb to the peak of the Dune and with each rising step para gliding imagethe views of the land and sea were unbelievable and on reaching the top - "Oh what a reward! - the sheer magnificence of the colours of the blue Atlantic pushing the golden sand dune ever inland into the retreating green pine forest - a sight which will remain vividly in my memory for ever.
The pilat dune on the Coastline south west France is a national heritage site and is listed  as the highest sand dune in  Europe although its height and length is constantly changing with the westerly winds. The dune receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is a favorite among para gliders and sand boarders.  The nearest towns are Pyla sur mer, La Test De Buch and Arcachon.
Take my word for it - this is a visit that should not be missed.

TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE CONTACT US ARTICLES ON SOUTH WEST FRANCE

DUNE DU PILAT SOUTH WEST FRANCE DUNE DU PYLA

  IMAGES OF SOUTH WEST FRANCE  WEATHER FRANCE METEO   ACCOMMODATION SOUTH WEST FRANCE  MAPS OF SOUTH WEST FRANCE
ARTICLES ON SOUTH WEST FRANCE 
 WORKING HOLIDAY IN  FRANCE    STUDY ABROAD FRANCE    SUMMER CAMP  LEARN FRENCH IN FRANCE
Apprendre anglaise en France  VOLUNTEERS BLOG   VOLUNTEER IN FRANCE    TRAVEL SHOP
  
SITE MAP   CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE
SOUTH WEST FRANCE
2002 http://www.lagiraudiere.com 2003
DUNE DU PILAT SOUTH WEST FRANCE DUNE DU PYLA