Dune du Pyla

June 15, 2024 - June 22, 2024


Great weather, clear blue seas, fine wine and of course excellent flying make this coastal location perfect for summer soaring. Situated close to the town of Arcachon, Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe.

This is a Paragliders paradise offering reliable flying weather during the spring, summer, and autumn months. Because we visit at the beginning and end of the summer, we get the very best of the weather.

The first time you see the dune it completely takes your breath away because it is over 3km in length, reaches 107 meters above sea level and is absolutely stunning!

What’s it all about? Take a look at Toms video.

The Flying

There’s lots of space and soft fine sand which makes it an excellent place for beginners, those wanting to learn more advanced ground handling and soaring skills as well as for aspiring tandem pilots. This is why we are able to offer paragliding lessons for all standard of pilot.

For the more experienced pilots, you will benefit from the opportunity to learn advanced ground handling and soaring skills in a very low risk environment. As a result, most people will complete (with ease) an Elementary or Club Pilot course within 6 days.

If you’ve got around 250 hr airtime and would like to learn to fly a tandem glider, why not join us at the Dune? We’ll have a range of different tandems which you’ll get to fly both with rigid and soft spreaders, you’ll become proficient at the “cobra” launch (if you’re not already) and we’ll turn you into a talented tandem pilot which is why the Dune is so good for learning to fly tandems. In fact, the Dune is probably one of the best places in the world to .learn to fly tandems

The dune has a really relaxed atmosphere where we fly in t-shirts and shorts and once the gliders are packed away we sit and watch the sunset over the sea to finish off a perfect day.


The campsite backs on to the dune, which means that our flying site is just a short walk away. This year we have made it easier than ever. You pay only for your course, not the accommodation. This means that for those on a budget, you can pitch a tent or rent a fixed placement tent and if you’d like a bit more comfort there is a whole range of options. If you would rather that we took care of everything, we offer a VIP service which includes a private room in a shared mobile home (with shower and wc) as well as breakfast every morning and dinner on 2 of the nights.

The campsite facilities include a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and a shop. Beaches, bicycle hire and water sports are all within easy reach making this a family friendly holiday.

If time allows, we will take you to the local market to stock up on fresh food and regional specialties which include oysters from the Arcachon basin.

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  • This trip is suitable for beginner level pilots
  • This trip is suitable for CP+ level pilots
  • This trip is suitable for advanced level pilots
  • This trip is for pilots to work towards their tandem pilot licence


The cost for the 6 day course is £980 which includes transfers to / from the train station in Arcachon, all instruction, equipment and dinner on your first night.

The cost of the tandem pilot course is £1295

If you would like us to book your accommodation, we offer a VIP service which will give you a private room in a shared mobile home (shower and wc) and we’ll provide you with sheets and towels (if you rent from the campsite yourself they don’t provide these). This is an extra £375.


Ready to fly? Get in touch with us today.