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Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines)

N 4614.651', W 133.665'
2018-07-14
Our rating: 6.20
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The Baleines Lighthouse or Whale Lighthouse is located on the Isle of Re, near La Rochelle. Built in 1849 it has a height of 57 meters and an observation deck at the top. Nearby is a historical museum, souvenir shops and restaurants.

Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines)
Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines) Yuriy Buriak

Why "whale"? Historically whales were found on this spot. Dead mammals were studied even by Pliny the Elder, a famous Roman naturalist of the first century. From above it is visible that the whales could get stuck on the shore at low tide.

Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines)
Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines) Yuriy Buriak

There is a huge sandy Conche beach near the lighthouse. Consider that the beach is wild, without any infrastructure.

Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines)
Baleines Lighthouse (Phare des Baleines) Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: a large free parking N 46 14.515 W 1 33.338. If you go only to the beach, then it is better to park here N 46 14.539 W 1 32.442. From La Rochelle you can take the bus 3/3E, find here a link to the current schedule.
Tags, France: beach, sea

Tags, all countries: beach, sea
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