Phare des Baleines

Réduc La Rochelle Ocean Pass

There are two famous sentries on the site: the present-day ‘Grand Phare’ (tall lighthouse) (1854) and the ‘Vielle Tour’ (Old Tower) ordered by Colbert and built in 1682....

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155 route du Phare
17590 Saint-Clément-des-Baleines

05 46 29 18 23

The first tower, built under Vauban and in service from 1682 to 1854, is a listed historic monument. It was restored between 2005 and 2007.

The lighthouse is 500 m from the pay car park. A free shuttle bus leaves from the car park during the summer months. It takes you within 300 metres of the entrance to the lighthouse and its garden.

The current Grand Phare lighthouse was inaugurated in 1854. It was built between 1849 and 1853 on the north-western tip of the Ile de Ré, in line with the Baleineaux lighthouse.
At 57 m, it is one of the highest in France, with 257 steps to climb for an exceptional view of the island and the ocean! This giant of the Retais has a range of 50km, making it one of the most powerful lighthouses on the Atlantic coast.

Museographic exhibition area on lighthouses and their history, at the foot of the old tower.

Maritime bookshop - Marine decoration shop - Souvenirs - Models - Posters.

Open every day without interruption

January / February / March / October / November / December
From 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

From 1st April to the end of June
From 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Late June to early September
From 9.30am to 8pm

From 10am to 7pm

Opening period

From 01/01 to 31/03/2024
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm.

From 01/04 to 30/06/2024
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 7 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2024
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 8 pm.

From 01/09 to 30/09/2024
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 7 pm.

From 01/10 to 31/12/2024
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm.