France numbers more than 1000 lighthouses on its coasts, one of the highest numbers among the countries of the world.
Many of these lighthouses have beautiful architecture and offer not only an interesting inside in the history of power lighting in France but also, from their upper deck, breathtaking views of the surrounding regions.
Below is a list of that ARE listed as historic monuments and CAN be visited (from as north as Charente Maritime department up to Biarritz).
Baleines Lighthouse is situated in the town of Saint Clément de Baleines on the western tip of Ile de Ré (Charente Maritime department).
This 59 meters high tower was built between 1849 and 1853.
For more information and photos go to our dedicated article
Chassiron Lighthouse is 50meters high and was built between 1834 and 1834. It is situated on the northern tip of Oléron Island near the town of Saint Denis d’Oléron. Its site was occupied before by an older light tower dating from the middle of the 17th century.
The upper deck is accessible via a 224 steps stair.
The lighthouse can be visited every day.
April, May, June: from 10:00 am to 12:15pm and from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.
July and August from 10:00am to 8pm
September: from 10:00 am to 12:15pm and from 2:00pm to 7:00PM.
January, February, March, October, November, December from 10:00am to 12:15pm and from 2:00pm to 5pm.
Web Site: http://www.chassiron.net
The Lighthouse of the “Coubre”
This is a 64 meters high lighthouse built in 1905. It is situated near the town of La Tremblade at the northern extremity of the Gironde estuary in the Charante Maritime department. The deck platform situated at the end of 300 steps stair offers a beautiful panorama of the Atlantic Ocean that is only 250 meters away.
The lighthouse can be visited from Easter to June 15 every day except Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm and from 13:00pm to 6:00 pm.
From June 15 to September 15 every day from 10:00am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 6:30pm.
Web site: http://www.estuaire-gironde.fr/Carnet-d-adresses-de-l-Univers-de-l-estuaire/Phares/Phare-de-la-Coubre-la-Tremblade
Saint Georges Lighthouse
Is situated on the north shore of the Gironde Estuary near the town of Saint Geroges Didonne. It was built in 1900 and has a height of 36 meters (144 steps).
The tower still bears the marks of the shells that hit it during the World War II.
Open from visit every day in July and August.
The “Versailles of the sea” as it is sometimes called is the only open sea lighthouse in the world that can be visited. It stands in the middle of the Gironde estuary, 7 km off the coast.
For more information and photos about Cordouan lighthouse please visit our dedicated section
“Pointe de Grave” Lighthouse
This 30meters high lighthouse was built starting in 1823. It is situated in the town of Verdun-sur-Mer on the south shore of Gironde estuary. Can be visited in summer and the upper deck can be reached via the 107 steps stair.
The buildings at the base of the tower house now the Cordouan Lighthouse Museum.
The 53m high lighthouse was built between 1946 and 1948 on the site of an older lighthouse which itself had been built starting in 1836.
From the platform that can be reached after 258 stair steps one can admire the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean (on the west side) and of Archachon Bay (on the east side).
The lighthouse can be visited In July and August every day from 10am to 7:30pm, in April May, June and September every day from 10:00 am to 12:00pm and from 2pm to 6:30pm and from October to Mars only Wednesdays and Sundays from 2:00pm to 5pm.
Web Site: http://www.lege-capferret.com/balades/visites-guidees/visites-culturelles/le-phare-du-cap-ferret
The 38 meters high lighthouse was built 1 km inland on a 12meters high dune in 1862 on the order of Napoleon III. It is located near the town of Saint Julien en Born.
It is the only lighthouse in the Landes department. The platform at the end of 183 steps stair allows the visitor a breathtaking view of the nearby Landes region and the Atlantic Ocean.
The lighthouse can be visited in July and August on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
Web Site: http://www.contis-tourisme.com/fr-phare_contis_plage.html
Saint Martin Point – Biarritz Lighthouse
The 44meters high lighthouse overlooks the Bay of Biscay. It was built between 1830 and 1834.
For more information and photos visit our dedicated article
There is the Google map of the above described lighthouses.
Click on each marker for more information.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!