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Over 150 miles of golden sand beaches and untouched pine forests is what you can expect when you visit the west of Bordeaux in the Atlantic Ocean’s coast. Here you will encounter the town of Archachon and tour some top sites like the Hourtins' Lake, the biggest fresh water lake in all France. The biggest sand dune in Europe is also near Arcachon. So take your Bordeaux car rental for a drive off to the west to visit this beautiful locations, which can make for an ideal daytrip with the family.
Bassin d'Arcachon, which literally would read Arcachon Bay, is a charming bay on the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s important to add it is a landmark between the Cote des Landes and the Cote d' Argent in the region of Aquitaine. Featuring impressive sand dunes, the site has gained popularity more and more by both locals and tourists. At high tide the bay stretches for an area of 150 square kilometers.
Shaped like an equilateral triangle pointing north, the Bassin d'Archachon’s southwest corner is open to access from the sea. Enjoy as well a visit to the town of Arès, on the north shore, and then Andernos-les-Bains on the northeast. The Great Dune of Pyla is a must visit site in the area, this one is just south of the entrance, and it will not disappoint you.
The Great Dune of Pyla or the Dune du Pilat in French, is known as the largest sand dune in Europe’s territory. You will find it easy to locate in the Arcachon Bay area, more specifically in La Teste-de-Buch. The closest town is Pyla, Pyla-sur-Mer.
Measuring around 500 meters wide, from east to west, by three kilometers long (from north to south), the dune covers about 60,000,000 meters cubed. And 107 meters of height above sea level.
Make sure to have a cheap Bordeaux car hire as the perfect friend for your trip. Book it online today and save while you enjoy this amazing natural wonder.
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