Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan, Le Verdon Sur Mer

#8 of 58 in Historic Sites in Gironde
Reaching a height of 68 m (223 feet), Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan is one of the tallest lighthouses in the world. Designed by famous Parisian architect Louis De Foix, the structure's construction began in 1584 and ended in 1611. The lighthouse is considered a highlight of Renaissance architecture, thanks to De Foix's successful blend of elegance and durability. This is one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. A visit to Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Le Verdon Sur Mer trip generator to plot your vacation.
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223 reviews
  • August 18, 2017
    We waited a long time to go but it's worth of many ways to get there, more or less expensive, count about €35 (minimum) boats and €10 extra for the lighthouse it is preferable to have "Medusa" type shoes to do the 15 minute walk from the sandbank to the lighthouse it is possible to enjoy a guided tour by one of the keepers of the lighthouse , but you can do the tour without guide and admire the place we got plenty of time to visit and to return to the boat do not forget your camera!
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  • August 16, 2017
    We went to the lighthouse with my husband and two kids. It's worth. Very beautiful lighthouse. It has been well renovated so the stones and sculptures are beautiful from the outside. The guards are very nice and welcoming.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This Lighthouse off the coast of Royan is the 3rd highest of France and especially spacious in its interior. It is reached by a boat that lands you on the tide barely wet sand. The guards can make you a guided tour or you leave free visit. Everything is Grand (Royal Hall, Chapel) inside as on the outside: the architecture, the views are sublime. Try to guess which building Roman subwoofer of the chapel ceiling is inspired... Don't forget your swimsuit: a small splash before resuming the boat is the nicest
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  • August 30, 2017
    A magical half-day getaway. It's like visiting a fairy tale tower stranded in the middle of the ocean. A chapel, a king's chamber, marble flooring, inticate stonework. I almost expected to find a long-haired princess at the end of the climb up the spiral stairway.
  • November 6, 2016
    Very impressive and a definite must-see if you are nearby!
  • August 9, 2017
    Wild place that is accessible only by boat, which limits the population on the site. Obligation to walk in water to access the lighthouse which is friendly. Beware, the tides define the hours and the time of visit. You need to book to be sure to get to the lighthouse.
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  • July 23, 2017
    The monument of the estuary, put on his bedrock for centuries braving the elements. Renovated in recent months. Fantastic, several companies of cruises for visits. Beautiful pieces in the different floors. You're on vacation, save a date.
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  • August 22, 2017
    pretty neat as visit although short once on-site, but the boat ride, and the market on the island of sand to access is nice! the view from the top is magnificent!
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