Planning a wine tasting trip to Bordeaux? Sounds like fun! But after, say, a full week of visiting vineyards and sipping wines, it's going to start to blur together and you may even start to get bored. Ah, the problems one has when vacationing in France!
Luckily, this delicious problem has an equally delicious solution – head out to the Bay of Arcachon, just an hour's drive or train ride away from Bordeaux, and one of those places you can't believe you've never heard of before. While it can be done in a day trip, it's best if you spend a couple days out there because there is an astonishing number of things to see and do in the Bay of Arcachon. First, there is the Great Dune of Pyla. Yes, the largest sand dune in Europe, and desert-like in its size and height, is on the southwestern Atlantic coast of France! You can walk across it, or rent a dune buggy and take a joyride, or simply use it for a day at the beach with one hell of a view.