Phare des Baleines, Saint Clement des Baleines

See a lighthouse built by Vauban in 1682 and a newer lighthouse built by architect Leonce Reynaud in 1849. Phare des Baleines owes its name to the many whales spotted in this region. Reaching a height of 57 m (177 ft), the top of the newer lighthouse can be accessed via a spiral staircase with 257 steps. The location is also home to a museum dedicated to lighthouses. Plan to visit Phare des Baleines during your Saint Clement des Baleines vacation using our convenient Saint Clement des Baleines journey maker tool.
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  • Steep steps take you to the top of one of the highest lighthouses in France. One gets a panoramic view as well as over the old lighthouse. There’s a little museum with photos and the history of this.....  more »
  • Very nice view from the top, weather this morning was wet but sun coming right after that. The stair is impressed to walk up, safe for young children under 4yo. Good view but quite small stand, so...  more »
  • Good parking near to the lighthouse. The climb to the top is about 50 m up but well worth it for the views. There is a pictorial presentation of the proposals for and the eventually selection and building of the bridge linking the island to La Rochelle at the exit. There is a more expensive ticket including the old lighthouse and museum which others have described. Lots of places to eat and drink at reasonable prices. Clean and free public toilets nearby.
  • Lighthouse - you can climb to the top and go outside, then look out to sea, or, back across the island. Gift shop here. Also Jazz concerts in the summer.
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