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The Charente lighthouses


Spotlight on the lighthouses of the Charente coast, to discover during your stay at Bois Soleil Campsite.


Le Phare de Vallières

Next to the port at Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, the Vallières Lighthouse was built in 1900 to indicate the estuary route for the ships coming from the sea and going to Bordeaux.
The lighthouse is a square tower built with grey rock and is 36 m high. You can climb the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse to admire the unforgettable panoramic view of the nearby beaches and the ocean.


Le Phare de Cordouan

Located at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, the Cordouan Lighthouse is also known as ‘the king of lighthouses’. It is the oldest and most unique lighthouse at sea still active in France.
Built on a small rocky island, access to the Cordouan Lighthouse is by boat with time to visit the lighthouse itself.
At the top of the 301 steps, visitors are rewarded with an exceptional view of the Gironde Estuary, the Pointe de Grave headland, La Coubre Forest and the ocean!

Le Phare de La Coubre

Built in 1905 to light up and make access safer to the Gironde Estuary, La Coubre Lighthouse is one of the most powerful lighthouses in France with a tower that is 64 metres high. Its light can be seen 52 kilometres away.
The most courageous can then climb over 300 steps to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy a splendid view of the Gironde Estuary, Cordouan Lighthouse, the wild coast (Côte Sauvage), the Arvert peninsula, and, and further north, the île d’Oléron.


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Photo credits: Phare de Vallières  © OT Royan - Phare de Cordouan © OT Royan - Phare de Cordouan © M. CHAIGNEAU - Phare de la Coubre CMT17 © E. COEFFE