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The lighthouse Phare des Baleines and the lighthouse museum

The lighthouse Phare des Baleines, one of the highest lighthouses in France

A must-see on the island, the Phare des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales, referring sadly to the many beached whales in the area) is one of the highest lighthouses of France and culminates at 57 meters high. . Climb up the 257 steps to the top to enjoy breathtaking views of the island and its surroundings.

C. Built in 1849 to second the nearby “old tower” previously erected by Vauban, the lighthouse is inaugurated in 1854.

The museum “Musée des Baleines” reveals the fascinating history of lighthouses and exhibits multimedia displays, old maps and maritime objects.

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