Travel to the Canal de Garonne

Day 9 Dune du Pilat

(in 66 km.) Dune of Pilat: We drove to the Atlantic coast to admire the Grande Dune du Pilat, also called of Pyla, is a huge formation of coastal natural sand accumulated in the Aquitaine coast of the Bay of Biscay at the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon. The dune is located in the municipality of La Teste-de-Buch. We left the car in the parking there at its base and climb stairs to the top of the dune to admire the sunset.

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat

Both geomorphology as the position of the Great Dune are in constant evolution and displacement from its genesis, estimated several thousand years ago. Contains a total volume of 60 million cubic meters of wind fine sand extending over 87 hectares, occupying 2.7 linear kilometers of coastline and up to 500 meters of the Forest Natural Park of Landes de Gascogne, to inside which penetrates inexorably at a rate of 3-4 meters per year.

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat

The Great Dune owes the unique breadth of its peak, the highest in the European continent (has been measured 107 meters high), to a geologically very recent phenomenon: the collapse in the eighteenth century of a large oceanic sand bank opposite at their coast. The Great Dune of Pilat and its environment, considered an ecosystem of exceptional value have been protected by the French state through various conservation measures that from the first classification of 1943, extended to the whole surrounding forest being declared "Grand Site National" in 1978.

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat - Sunset

(in 11 km.) Arcachon: Since we stay here to see the sunset on the dune, we have no time to take a tour by this resting village, remarkable for the houses of the wealthy located in the neighborhood of Ville d´Hiver, so we go directly to the port of Gujan-Mestras to eat oysters typical of this area. Almost all the restaurants were already closed, but fortunately in one restaurant they sold us few oysters.

(in 67 km.) Mérignac: We go to sleep in a budget hotel near the highway.