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Île de Ré Whale Lighthouse

A Historic Monument on the Atlantic Seaboard

The Phare des Baleines, located on the western tip of the Île de Ré, is a French historic monument overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1854, this 57-metre-high landing light offers spectacular panoramic views and guides ships with its white flashes every 15 seconds.

Île de Ré is home to a fascinating historical monument: the Phare des Baleines. Standing proudly at the western tip of the island, this lighthouse is a must-see for anyone visiting this picturesque region.

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An Imposing Lighthouse

The Whale Lighthouse is no ordinary lighthouse. It's a landing light, an imposing structure designed to guide ships through the sometimes tumultuous waters of the Atlantic.

Built in 1854, the lighthouse was lit the same year. With 257 steps and a height of 57 metres (bulb height), it offers a breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding island. The lighthouse's elevation is 59.39 meters above the highest seas, giving it a range of 27 nautical miles, or around 50 kilometers.

Île de Ré whale lighthouse

Fire features

The light of the Phare des Baleines is distinctive. It emits four white flashes every 15 seconds, a signal light that has guided countless ships safely to shore. The lighthouse's light source comes from two 250-watt halogen lamps operating at 220 volts.

An automated historical monument

The Phare des Baleines is not only a guide for ships, it's also a French historic monument. It has been classified as such because of its historical and architectural importance.

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Despite its status as a historic monument, the lighthouse has adapted to changing technologies. It was automated in 2001, meaning it no longer requires a lighthouse keeper to operate. However, the lighthouse is still managed by a company, guaranteeing its upkeep and preservation for future generations.

Visit the Whale Lighthouse

The Phare des Baleines is open to the public and even offers space rental for your events. Here's some practical information for your visit:

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Whether you're a history buff, a lover of the sea or simply looking for a breathtaking view, the Phare des Baleines is a must-see stop on your visit to the Île de Ré.

If you visit the Baleines lighthouse, don't forget to climb the 257 steps to admire the view!

View from the top of the Baleines lighthouseView from the lighthouse to Saint-Clément des Baleines

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