Phare des Baleines, Saint Clement des Baleines

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#1 of 28 in Historic Sites in Charente-Maritime
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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  • Great panorama after all these markets! The world in summer, but it's still honest. A price easy .to 4 two adults and two children 9 and 5 (not paying) a little less than 9 euros.
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  • Visit in August so busy on the site, including to climb to the top of the great lighthouse. The queue was in full sun. If you do not want to wait, you better go up has the old Tower located just behind, it's a little less high but the view is beautiful even when, besides it is located just at the edge of the ocean. Ability to only pay that access to the Tower without the Museum, it's very good market.
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  • Very nice site. There is something for everyone: those who go up to the lighthouse, who visit the small museum, those who stop drinking coffee on the terrace, and those who buy souvenirs. But a nice view, very nice view for all the world
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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 !
  • Great place to visit even though nothing is free ! Must see!
  • 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

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