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 »
  • Visited as 3 families with teenagers, all agreed it was well worth going. We only did the tallest lighthouse which is good value, you can also go to the small museum and the old lighthouse, but we...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The lighthouse and the whole territory around it makes a strong impression. Here everything is filled with history. Even a tiny park, giving a dense shadow emphasizes the importance of the place. Breakwaters, which exposes the ebb, intensify the sensation of the inaccessibility of the lighthouse, makes it a fortress. The waiters can listen to very talkative costumed guides, which attract attention for a long time. Entrance tickets are inexpensive. There is a gift shop, interesting books. Near the street with a dozen restaurants. shops of various things, specialties. Nearby perfectly organized parking for cars, bicycles, campers. Parking is free of charge. The territory a year ago was very poorly maintained, discordant with the lighthouse itself. And now this is a very pleasant space, created with love. It is good to get here by electric bus, which emphasizes the ecological character of the place.
  • Very nice ambience with spectacular views and good "eats" if you're hungry... Prices are less than the higher-priced restaurants in town - the food, as elsewhere in France, is EXCEPTIONAL...! Great place to spend a day at the beach....! (Rocky beach) - The world-class sandy beaches are to the North and South...!
  • 💙💙 the Ile de Ré and this area is wonderful for strolling along the beaches 😁
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