A day at Chassiron lighthouse

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Chassiron is a placeon the northern tip of Oleron Island. Rightly called the "end of the world", you can go there to spend a pleasant day with your family. Visit the lighthouse, the garden and the museum, stroll along the ocean bay, discover the rocky foothills and enjoy this attractive and rare natural environment!

Phare de Chassiron

Visit the lighthouse od Chassiron

You will see th lighthouse in the distance, rising from the top of its 46 meters, striped with white and black. The Chassiron lighthouse is situated in a strategic and dangerous place, the "Pertuis d'Antioche" (between the 2 island of Ré and Oléron) is known for its numerous shipwrecks and the lighthouse is an essential element of reference for the sailors, before being a tourist attraction ;) It is electrified since 1930 with a big bulb of 250w and since 1998, there is no more guardian in the lighthouse, everything is managed automatically. The lighthouse is open to visitors since 2007 for the enjoyment of young and old. You will need good sneakers to go up, because as you can imagine, there is no elevator and you will have to climb the 224 steps. What a panorama once up there! 360 degree visibility allows you to admire the entire coast of the island, and if you're lucky you'll also see Fort Boyard! Remember to take a jacket because it blows up there! Hold the little ones by the hand ...

Visite du phare de Chassiron

Let's go to Chassiron

escaliers du phare de chassiron

Climb those steps

La billetterie du phare

Take your ticket here

L'ampoule du phare

Here is the lighthouse


Visit the Chassiron lighthouse museum

I recommend you to take a ticket to visit the museum, housed in the former apartments of the guards. It is short enough to attract even the little ones, who will be passionate about the history of the lighthouse and the life of the sailors and farmers of the area. From April to September, it is interesting to note that you can participate in guided tours. To discover the natural marine environment of the "Pertuis d'Antioche" it is a good idea !

Les écluses à poissons

the fish locks

Belle vue sur la campagne

Enjoy the view

Le pertuis d'Antioche

The "pertuis d'Antioche"

You may have to help the little ones to climb down

The lighthouse gardens

For lovers of French gardens (jardin à la française), visit the garden at the foot of the lighthouse. It is organized in the form of a "wind rose", supplemented by binoculars, information panels and audioguide terminals for the curious.


In the high touristic season, you will find restaurant next to the lighthouse. We had lunch at a nice creperie and our son went on an electric kart tour, he had a lot of fun! We continued our walk along the rocky shore near the lighthouse. Do not hesitate to come by bike, on the island of Oléron there are plenty of rental companies and it is a very practical and ecological way to discover the island ;)

Les jardins du phare de Chassiron

Chassiron's lighthouse gardens

Des panneaux explicatifs

Pannels to give you informations

Les karts electriques

The electric kart 

Les restaurants au phare de chassiron

Restaurants

Promenade sur l'estran

Stroll near the sea shore

Un environnement particulier

Enjoy the beautiful natural environment

La nature environnante

Beautiful nature


More ideas for your weekend

Camping le Sabia

Photo du Camping le Sabia

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Photo vignoble Maxime Pinard

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Photo des croisières Inter-îles

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Photo : location de canoë kayak "Sur une île"


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