The lighthouse Le Phare des Baleines

Whale Lighthouse (Le phare des Baleines), an unmissable visit on 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.


Phare des Baleines – practical information

Opening hours: The lighthouse is open every day throughout the year

April to June, and September > 10.00 to 19.00

July/August > 9.30 to 20.00

October to March > 10.00 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

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"Jazz au Phare" jazz festival

Don’t miss this major summer event, make the most of your stay by attending the Jazz au Phare jazz festival.

Many artists have come to perform on this magical stage, set up at the foot of the lighthouse: Ben Oncle Soul, Michel Jonasz, Melody Gardot, Ibrahim Maalouf, Thomas Dutronc, Véronique Sanson, Lisa Ekdahl, Michel Legrand....

The atmosphere is captivating, beneath the eye of the lighthouse which never stops turning, let yourself be carried away by the artists, and by the sweet melodies that wash over you to the rhythm of the waves from the ocean by your side.

Practical information :

The Scène du Phare stage and the Verdure theatre are located in the grounds of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse, 155, Allée du Phare, 17590 Saint-Clément-des-Baleines

Parking is at the entrance to the Phare des Baleines site (400 m before the entrance)

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