Cordouan Lighthouse

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Nicknamed the "Versailles of the Sea", this is the oldest French lighthouse still to be operated. The elegant white Renaissance-style tower is 67.5m tall, with seven storeys. Even if the facility was automated in 2006, it still requires the presence of two guards. A monumental doorway leads to a 311-step staircase up to the light. The first floor contains the "king's apartment", and the second floor houses the chapel, which has a fine dome.

Useful information

Address:

Plateau de Cordouan, 33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Phone:

+33 5 56 09 61 78

Price:

10 € (children 5 €)

Opening hours

early Apr-early Nov

Nearby tourist attractions

La Grande Côte
La Grande Côte
Royan
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