Destination Southwestern France: Pyla-sur-Mer

Dune du Pilat - Pyla-sur-Mer | ©Tom Palladio Images
Photo ©2012 Mauro Moroni

The latest edition of my photo shoot around southwestern France finds my toes buried in sand, my hands wrapped around chilled glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, and my knife and fork working overtime on several well-prepared dishes at the seaside resort of Pyla-sur-Mer.

Situated along the Atlantic coast, Pyla-sur-Mer is located in the community of La Teste-de-Buch at the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon.

Along with the pristine beaches and small out-to-sea inlets, the area also boasts Europe’s tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. Standing 110 meters at its highest point, this great dune measures about 500 meters wide and stretches 2.7 km in a north-to-south direction. In short, it’s one heckuva sandbox.

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