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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    A focus on early in the day when there is less crowded. Ascent by step which is good even with children. The Summit is well secured. Too bad for the cold and little shopping store home. Continue your visit with a walk on the coastal path.
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  • August 17, 2017
    You can admire the ocean view and the island of Ré after climbing 257 markets with lots of people on the stairs. Nice shops, but the place does not lend. It would have been more fun to find a wild place...
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice with many shops and restaurants. Beach nearby possibility of bathing even at low tide.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Great short trip, and less than 10euros for family of 4 to climb the tallest of the two on-land lighthouses. Climb is worthwhile and achievable by my 5yr old with a few stops on the way. A few restaurants and a sandwich shop near the bottom and free parking. Nice rock pools and beach area too.
  • August 17, 2017
    Very crowded. Abandoned the climb because the ligne was almost as long as the lighthouse is tall. Nice architecture, lighthouse not in direct proximity to the water which was a downside for me. Few touristic places to eat around (almost the same menu in every each of them). Big parking.
  • August 10, 2017
    Very nice location for a short day out. There is a really nice view from the phase and a quite nice museum on the local history and garden around it. There are also shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. We did not try these.
  • August 21, 2017
    Short queue to gain entry to the large lighthouse. Good value for money. 257 steps and a great view at the top. Lots of places to eat, drink, buy tourist stuff in the surrounding area.
  • July 29, 2017
    A great destination for a cycle ride. Particularly as you'll probably have a tail wind on the way home.

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