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Phare des Baleines

Historic site and monument ,  Engineering structure ,  Historic patrimony ,  Tower ,  Headlight ,  19th C ,  Classified in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
  • There are two famous sentries on the site: the present-day ‘Grand Phare’ (tall lighthouse) (1854) and the ‘Vielle Tour’ (Old Tower) ordered by Colbert and built in 1682....

  • The first tower, built under Vauban and in service from 1682 to 1854, is a listed historic monument. It was restored between 2005 and 2007.

    The lighthouse is 500 m from the pay car park. A free shuttle bus leaves from the car park during the summer months. It takes you within 300 metres of the entrance to the lighthouse and its garden.

    The current Grand Phare lighthouse was inaugurated in 1854. It was built between 1849 and 1853 on the north-western tip of the Ile de Ré, in line with...
    The first tower, built under Vauban and in service from 1682 to 1854, is a listed historic monument. It was restored between 2005 and 2007.

    The lighthouse is 500 m from the pay car park. A free shuttle bus leaves from the car park during the summer months. It takes you within 300 metres of the entrance to the lighthouse and its garden.

    The current Grand Phare lighthouse was inaugurated in 1854. It was built between 1849 and 1853 on the north-western tip of the Ile de Ré, in line with the Baleineaux lighthouse.
    At 57 m, it is one of the highest in France, with 257 steps to climb for an exceptional view of the island and the ocean! This giant of the Retais has a range of 50km, making it one of the most powerful lighthouses on the Atlantic coast.

    Museographic exhibition area on lighthouses and their history, at the foot of the old tower.

    Maritime bookshop - Marine decoration shop - Souvenirs - Models - Posters.

    Open every day without interruption

    January / February / March / October / November / December
    From 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

    From 1st April to the end of June
    From 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

    Late June to early September
    From 9.30am to 8pm

    September
    From 10am to 7pm
  • Environment
    • Beach within 300 m
    • Sea view
    • Panoramic view
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
Services
  • Activities
    • History
    • Heritage
  • Equipment
    • Meeting room
    • Coach parking
    • Pay car park
    • Car park
  • Services
    • Shop
Rates
Payment methods
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Travellers Cheque
Openings
  • From January 1, 2024
    until March 31, 2024
  • From April 1, 2024
    until June 30, 2024
  • From July 1, 2024
    until August 31, 2024
  • From September 1, 2024
    until September 30, 2024
  • From October 1, 2024
    until December 31, 2024
  • Monday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Monday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Monday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM