Phare des Baleines, Saint Clement des Baleines

#1 of 72 in Historic Sites in Charente-Maritime
Must see · Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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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  • Enjoyed going up the 250+ steps to the top for a fabulous view in all directions. We also went to the museum which seemed to be bypassed by others as we were the only ones in there. The view from the....  more »
  • this place lowerst he tone of ile de Re the lighthouse is a fine building to be sure --but it is surrounded by a vastness of cheap ffast food joints and tacky tourist shops selling junk and tat...  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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