Ever wanted to spend the night on the Dune du Pilat?
‘Camping sauvage’ is illegal on the Dune du Pilat and carries a fine of up to €750… Fortunately, there are a couple of options for legally pitching a tent within a stone’s throw of the 60 million m³ mountain of sand.
The area at the southern tip of the Dune is well known for the paragliding school Waggas. People come from all over Europe to take advantage of the amazing spot and many have their own campervans. If you’re looking to camp, you can simply turn up and book a pitch with Pyla camping.
It’s €20 per night and you can pitch your tent within throwing distance of the Dune. They have restaurant/bar, a supermarket with cold beers and small basic pool (unheated!) to cool off. They have cabins and glamping (incl. camping pitches with electricity) but you’ll need to book well ahead…
Bang next door, this campsite is much larger but slightly further away from the Dune itself. Nevertheless, you can pitch a tent for €22 and it’s a short five minute walk to get to the actual Dune.
They have a well-known restaurant with an awesome panoramic view (reserve early!) and a much larger swimming pool (also unheated!) with water games and a waterslide. The shop is better stocked (also with fridge full of cold brews) and there have a hugely popular range of cabins and glamping, some with 5-star ocean views – book at least six months in advance…
Parts of the campsite get turned into mini villages with bbqs and loud tunes and expect to bump into your fair share of Austrians, Swiss, Dutch and Scandinavians… etc.