Phare des Baleines, Saint Clement des Baleines

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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. Using our world travel planner, Saint Clement des Baleines attractions like Phare des Baleines can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Just outside the settlement is a new car park, opened this year, which can cater for hundreds of cars. Although there are some cafes/restaurants, I am not sure it is a good thing to attract too many t...  more »
  • Worth the hundreds of stept to climb to the top of this lighthouse! Is a piece of history! In fact, the whole island worth to be visited again, no doubt about it!  more »
  • I took the bus which drops you off about 10 minutes' walk away from the lighthouse. You will feel like you've been dropped off in the middle of nowhere but when you look further - there's the lighthou...  more »
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  • Magnificent views, but take a French dictionary if you're​ not fluent in French as the museum information is only in French !
  • Lovely views, dramatic ocean, beautiful walks :)
  • A nice touristic location, the lighthouse provides an interesting view of the west side of Île-de-Ré and the ocean.
  • Great views from the Tower - lovely place on a hot summer's day
  • some solide piece of architecture.