Who would have thought, it turns out France has a desert! The desert called Dune du Pilat which is located in La Teste-de-Buch, Arcachon Bay, approximately 60 km from the city of Bordeaux, France.
Dune du Pilat is actually a sand dune. Height reached 107 meters and is the highest in Europe. For setting foot in height, you have to climb hundreds of steps as written in the official website of Gironde.
The view from the summit is guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Just imagine. From the top of Dune de Pilat, you can see the beautiful blue ocean in front of the eyes and lush green forests behind you. Feel the soft sand!
Length of this desert reaches 2,700 m by 500 m wide, and 6 million m3 of sand here. This is one attraction for the world traveler. Dune du Pilat never empty of tourists. Take pictures here, certainly unforgettable.
The dune is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach. The dune has been observed to move landward, slowly pushing the forest back to cover houses, roads and even portions of the Atlantic Wall.
To back this evidence of coastal movement, maps from 1708 and 1786 both place areas with the name Pilat to the south and off-shore of the current dune's location. The area where the dune currently stands was referred to "Les Sabloneys" or the "New Sands" until the 1930s when it was renamed by real estate developers as the Dune of Pilat.
The Dune of Pyla is a recent modernization of the term. Pilat originates from the Gascon word Pilhar, which refers to a heap or mound.