Dune du Pyla
|Intercommunality||Bassin d'Arcachon Sud|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Jacques Eroles|
|Area1||180.20 km2 (69.58 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||33529 / 33260|
|Elevation||0–101 m (0–331 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay, lying in the southwestern part of Gironde.
It is the largest of four communes that comprise the Communauté d'agglomération du Bassin d'Arcachon Sud (COBAS), a small metropolitan area of 54,204 population (1999 census). It is the eighth-largest commune in metropolitan France in geographical area.
La Teste-de-Buch is located in the department of Gironde, in the middle of the Landes forest, and south of Arcachon Bay. It is the capital of the Pays de Buch. Neighbouring communes are Gujan-Mestras to the east, Arcachon to the northwest, and Biscarosse and Sanguinet to the south.
The Dune of Pilat is a famous landmark on the Atlantic coast, situated in the western corner of the commune. The seaside resort of Pyla-sur-Mer, the village of Cazaux, the bird refuge and sandbank of Arguin are also part of the town.
The Étang de Cazaux et de Sanguinet is in the southeast corner, astride the departments of Gironde and Landes. The rest of the commune area consists of old dunes, where the natural forest has changed little over centuries.
During World War I, an airfield has been created near Cazaux for airplane pilots training (fighters and bombers). Most of the American volunteers pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille came on the "Camp de Cazaux" to achieve their training as war pilots. When the U.S entered the war, the 36th Aero Squadron was based here.
La Teste-de-Buch is twinned with
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