Phare des Baleines
Charente Maritime, Ile de Ré
Located at the northwestern tip of the Ile de Ré, in the town of Saint Clément des Baleines, this lighthouse is the emblem of the island.
Sailors can see it up to 50 km away, making it one of the most powerful lighthouses on the Atlantic coast. At the time of merchant ships, a large number of whales came aground here, hence its current name. Culminating at 57 m high, it is one of the highest lighthouses in France.
After climbing 257 steps, the latter obviously not being equipped with a lift, in open weather, you will discover an exceptional panorama of the island and the Atlantic Ocean. After this effort, complete your knowledge and visit the Whale Museum, located at the foot of the old Tower, where the history of the lighthouses and their construction secrets are revealed! finally, make a detour to the shop to buy a souvenir of the island: book, decoration, poster, models... you can also access the beach, which on a stormy day promises breaking waves allowing you to take magnificent Pictures !