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Dune of Pylat

Located in the Landes of Gascony, at the entrance to the famous Arcachon Bay, and facing the tip of Cap Ferret in the department of Gironde, the Dune of Pilat (or Pyla) is the highest dune in Europe. And all around it, the charm of France's south-west and the Atlantic Ocean unveils itself, an influence that also reveals itself in the cuisine and thus on your plate!
Visited every year by more than one million people, this itinerant sandy formation by the sea, listed as a “grand national site” in 1978, offers an exceptional panorama of the Ocean, Arcachon Bay, the trenches, Cap Ferret, the islands, the Banc d’Arguin Nature Reserve and the beautiful forest of the coastline from its summit.

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A unique spot with extraordinary dimensions The Dune of Pilat (from the Gascon “pilhar” meaning heap or mound) is a relatively recent formation, even though the name “Pilat” had already appeared on the maps of Claude Masse (1708) and César François Cassini de Thury (1786). In 1855, its
height reached 35 metres.

Today, the dune has taken on some exceptional dimensions: 1.7 miles from north to south and 500 metres from west to east. It comprises 60 million cubed metres of sand deposited by the wind; its altitude varies from 100 to 117 metres above sea level; and its slope is steeper on the inland side than on the coastal side (the Atlantic Ocean). Every year, it advances one to five metres inland, invading constructions (houses, roads), devouring several cement fortifications built during the construction of the Atlantic Wall, during the Second World War, and is progressively burying the pine forest. 


In proximity to Arcachon and the Landes
A remarkable geomorphologic phenomenon, the Dune of Pilat rises above Arcachon Bay. This great lagoon lined with oyster parks is home to the town of the same name, a reputed seaside resort.
The restaurants in the area are often remarkable and benefit from the multiple influences of the ocean; oysters, fish and seafood from Arcachon Bay, and cuisine from the south-west (foie gras, duck confit and breast, mushrooms, etc.), which is particularly refined in the Landes region! You will find all of the flavours and wines of Aquitaine, to Bordeaux to Basque country, served at your table.


The Banc d'Arguin Nature Reserve
Another important spot around Arcachon Bay, the Banc d'Arguin Nature Reserve is home to a large number of migratory birds, including the sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis).
Part of the commune of La Teste-de-Buch, the Dune of Pilat, threatened by the urbanisation of the coastline, benefits from a State protection policy. Currently, nearly 15,000 acres of dunes and surrounding forests are protected under the law of 2 May 1930. 


An exceptional playground pilat 2 700
Adults and children alike can climb the dune by trampling over the sand or reaching the top via 154 steps built for this purpose. The descent reserves some tremendous thrills for those who run down the slope full speed ahead or let themselves roll all the way down…

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1 Een wandelexcursie met gids door Bordeaux

3 - 4 hours

2 Wijnroute rechter rivieroever van wijn - Saint Emilion & Pomerol

For several millennia they are producing excellent wine in this region. There are very famous chateaux like Petrus (Pomerol), Ozone, Cheval Blanc, Figeac, Canon, Anzhelyus Clos Furte (Saint Emilion) and many others.The program includes a visit (with wine) wine chateau classified Grand Cru St. Emilion and Pomerol.Perhaps a visit to the small wine chateau, familiarity with simple winemakers. Small sightseeing tour of the city itself Saint Emilion. This is a charming medieval town listed as UNESCO, together with the surrounding vineyards.In the old courtyard of the monastery of the 14th century, you can taste local sparkling wine, which is made by technology of sparkling wines. A few kilometers from Saint Emilion is a "clearing of the Druids," and a huge boulder - a place of sacrifice. In this area we find good village restaurants and delicatessens.Nearby there is an ancient mill and winepress for grapes. 5-10 hours

3 Wijnroute linker rivieroever van wijn - Medoc regio

It was here, in 1855, that they made the first classification of Bordeaux wines.The capital of the wine region - the city of Pauillac. The city is situated on the bank of the river Gironde, gave its name to the department. In this area are the famous chateaux : Mouton Rothschild, Margaux,  Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Beychevelle, Lynch Bages, Zhiskur, Léoville Barton, Kirwan and others. We offer  sightseeing tours to these famous chateaux and visits with tastings in the classified grand cru chateaux. 5-8 hours

4 Wijnroute Sauternes, Barsac & Gravel

On the way to Sauternes might be a sightseeing tour of the wine therapy "and source code» (Les Sources De Caudalie) Sauternes is made from grapes, untouched by "noble rot." That she appeared on the grapes need unique climatic and weather conditions. The result is a very fragrant liqueur wine, with the smell of honey and flowers. Producing this wine is very time-consuming and limited edition. The most famous of Sauternes - Château Yquem (Châteaud'Yquem). In this region, also produce excellent red and white dry wines. It is interesting to explore the medieval chateau chateau Roquetaillade, where the film Fantomas Against Scotland Yard. Or chateau, where lived Queen Margot. You can visit the wine chateaux of Sauternes and gravel and taste this wonderful drink. Visits with tastings offer Château La Tour Blanche, Pape Clement, Gravas, Haut Brion 6-10 hours

5 Een bezoek aan Cognac

Visits with tastings: cognachouses Remy Martin, Hennessy, Martell, Otar, Camus etc. It is also possible to visit the small cognac producers - only there you can taste unique brandies and Pinot. City tour of Cognac. You can compose your own VIP tour, tasting of selected cognacs. 8-10 hours

6 Tour langs de Dordogne

The medieval fairytale city-museum of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Weser Valley - home troglodytes -Rok Christophe Lascaux cave with rock paintings, which are more than 17 thousand years. A gourmet - a land of Foie Gras, the famous Perigord duck and goat cheese. 8-12 hours

7 Middeleeuwse kastelen in de Dordogne

Kastelno, Comarca, Beynac. Sarlat-la -Kaneda, dwelling troglodytes. 8-12 hours

8 Wijnroute Burg & Bligh

 It is a lovely strong wine. Different from the rest of Bordeaux wines that, in them, in large numbers, there is a grape variety Malbec. Visit Citadel Bligh with a magnificent view over the estuary of the Gironde. Vauban was built by order of King Louis the 14th .. Well preserved ramparts and barracks. Nearby is the cave non Per Per, where people lived more than 50 thousand years ago. Original rock carvings of animals, age 26,000 years Coutet, Guiraud and others. 6-8 hours

9 Bedevaartstad op de rots - Rocamadour

The road passes through the most beautiful places of the Dordogne. Padirac underground lakes, boat trips on the underground river. Perhaps a visit to a goat and (or) a duck farm. 8-10 hours

10 Een bezoek aan de Atlantische kust

A sightseeing tour of Arcachon, a trip to the highest dune in Europe - Dune of Pyla, visit an oyster stolitsy- Gujan-Mestras. Tasting the freshest oysters in fishing lodges. Bezoek het oestermuseum.5-8 hours

11 Ontdek Armagnac

There you can visit the producers of Armagnac, look at the house of d'Artagnan, see the places and the history of which is accociated with the Templars. 8-12 hours