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