WHALE LIGHTHOUSE (LE PHARE DES BALEINES), AN UNMISSABLE VISIT ON ILE DE RE

Phare des Baleines Ile de Ré

Situated on the north-west tip of the island, Whale Lighthouse was built between 1849 and 1853 by Léonce Reynaud, a French architect and engineer.  The lighthouse was built to replace the first tower constructed by Vauban in 1682. Whale Lighthouse is aligned with the Baleineaux lighthouse, which is smaller, 3 kms along the coast.

It is named Whale Lighthouse because a large number of whales are washed up at this part of the island.  The old tower is classed as a historic monument.

The lighthouse is open to the public. To enjoy the exceptional view over the Ile de Ré and the ocean, we challenge you to climb the 257 steps which take you to the top of the tower! It is one of the most impressive lighthouses in France, at 57 metres high.

At the foot of the Baleineaux lighthouse, a museum and bookshop are there to tell you more about lighthouses and their function.

The interactive exhibit in the museum offers illustrations and explanations about lighthouses and navigational markings, so you can learn all about this centuries-old system.

In August, don’t miss the Lighthouse Jazz Festival – ‘Jazz au Phare’.  Reserve your tickets now !

Phare des Baleines – practical information

The lighthouse is open every day throughout the year

1st April to end of June > 10.00 to 19.00

End of June to early September > 9.30 to 21.00

2nd week of September to 30th September > 10.00 to 18.30

October to March > 10.30 to 17.30

Prices : Details on the official website

Address : 155 route du Phare

17590 St-Clément des Baleines

Telephone : +33.(0)5 46 29 18 23

Website : www.lepharedesbaleines.fr

Holiday rentals on Ile de Ré

If you wish to discover Ile de Ré, set down your suitcase next to Whale Lighthouse for your next holiday, ARTEMIS estate agency can offer a variety of accommodation to meet your needs.

Contact the agency for more information or to make a reservation.

Ile de Ré Phare des Baleines