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THE COASTLINE FROM THE TOP 

Watchtowers at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, whose lights points to the entrance of the harbour and guide sailors home. Unusual monuments to visit, the lighthouses’ attract us by their imposing outlines, their primary functions and, after climbing the steps, their breath-taking views. The Phare de Baleines on île de Ré, Chassiron on île d’Oléron, La courbe forest on the wild coast, Cordouan, at the centre of the Gironde estuary, is the oldest lighthouse in France and the last one in France to have a Lighthouse Keeper. These sea fortresses, for centauries resisting the worst storms, follow the coastline of La Rochelle to the Gironde estuary, and keep the sailors safe. Luckily for us they all can be visited; it can be a bit challenging to get there but they are all worth it ! 

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Phare des Baleines - Île de Ré

Phare des Baleines - Île de Ré

Phare des Baleines - Île de Ré Phare des Baleines - Île de Ré

Saint-Clément-des-Baleines

An unmissable visit during your stay on the Ile de Ré! Built in 1849 and inaugurated in 1854, to replace the old ...

Phare de la Coubre

Phare de la Coubre

Phare de la Coubre Phare de la Coubre

La Tremblade

Built in 1904 and commissioned in 1905, the Coubre lighthouse, 64m high and 300 steps, is a strategic beacon for all ...

Phare du Bout du Monde

Phare du Bout du Monde

Phare du Bout du Monde Phare du Bout du Monde

La Rochelle

Exact replica of the lighthouse at the end of the world of Patagonia in Tierra del Fuego, this octagonal wooden ...

Phare de Cordouan

Phare de Cordouan

Phare de Cordouan Phare de Cordouan

Royan

Located at the mouth of the Gironde estuary, 7km from the coast, the Cordouan lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in ...

Phare de l'île d'Aix

Phare de l'île d'Aix

Phare de l'île d'Aix Phare de l'île d'Aix

Île-d'Aix

Located on the Ile d'Aix, this very original lighthouse, consisting of two 25.3m towers, is still in operation. Red ...

Phare de Chassiron

Phare de Chassiron

Phare de Chassiron Phare de Chassiron

Saint-Denis-d'Oléron

Once you have climbed its 224 steps, you will be able to admire at 46m above the ground a magnificent panorama on ...

Phare du Quai Valin

Phare du Quai Valin

Phare du Quai Valin Phare du Quai Valin

La Rochelle

The curiosity of this lighthouse located on the quay facing the La Rochelle yacht basin, is its integration into the ...

Tour Richelieu

Tour Richelieu

Tour Richelieu Tour Richelieu

La Rochelle

The Richelieu tower, red and black, is located at the entrance to the access channel to the port of Minimes and the ...

Phare de Vallières

Phare de Vallières

Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

Phare des Baleineaux

Phare des Baleineaux

Saint-Clément-des-Baleines