Phare des Baleines

Phare des Baleines, Saint Clement des Baleines: Hours, Address, Phare des Baleines Reviews: 4.5/5

Phare des Baleines
4.5
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Randy G
Albi, France14 contributions
Oct 2020
Enjoyed going up the 250+ steps to the top for a fabulous view in all directions. We also went to the museum which seemed to be bypassed by others as we were the only ones in there. The view from the top is not as spectacular, but the museum was well done and very interesting explaining the history of lighthouses in France. I would recommend it.
Written October 26, 2020
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Quentin L
Bedfordshire, UK159 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The phare des baleines is a nice building in a prime location. It is worth going up the 257 steps to get fantastic views in all directions. There is a museum at the bottom, but we opted out. The lighthouse is surrounded by shops selling souvenirs and food. It has possibly gone a bit too far and detracts from the main attraction. However, We had some lovely ice-creams .. fantastic selection of flavours.
Written October 31, 2021
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TKCheltenham
Cheltenham, UK200 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Although this is at the far end of Ile de Re it is worth it on a clear day. Go early when not too busy. Parking is a short walk to the light house and museum. We chose the option of climbing up the lighthouse which was good value. It's a steep climb and very narrow as you head to the top so you may have to queue at busy times. It's certainly good for the calf muscles! There are some small stopping points on the ascent to help with congestion as well as a traffic light system but this was not in operation during our visit. Lovely views from the top of the lighthouse and many photo opportunities. A small museum area before you reach a well stocked gift shop. There is also the old tower and further museum if you wish to stay longer. There is a selection of shops and restaurants on the route to and from the tower. Public toilets are nearby.
Written July 8, 2017
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Zena W
Saint-Legier-La Chiesaz, Switzerland3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Honestly the car park is beyond a disaster. It took us over 30 minutes to exit the car park. We spent more time getting in and out of the car park than visiting the lighthouse which was honestly not the most fascinating thing ever. The museum was marginally more interesting but not enough to warrant the car park nightmare.

Very disappointed with our visit and don't recommend coming by car!!
Written July 12, 2021
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tintinfan2013
London, UK634 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Although the Ile de Re is very beautiful, I was a bit underwhelmed by the lighthouse. Easy parking, but didn’t spend more than half an hour here (a queue to go up the lighthouse, so didn’t go up; but imagine that the view is probably spectacular).
Written August 14, 2020
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paula a
New York City, NY73 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Impressive structure built in 1854, all of stone, with the most beautiful winding iron handrail. Look up or down as you climb!
But best of all were the wooden cabinets and built in bed of the gardiens room.
Written July 9, 2019
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Eran G
Paris, France59 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We wrestled against strong headwinds to ride our bicycles 20 km to reach the lighthouse and were not disappointed. Worth the climb up the staircase in the "modern lighthouse" as well as the older 17th century original lighthouse. A brisk wind, great views, great location for photographs.
Beyond the lighthouse, on the beach, a large collection of sculptures created by stacking stones. We added our own to the amazing and creative collection. More amazing photos with the lighthouse towers in the background.
Written August 20, 2018
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Fab
Livingston, NJ33 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We climbed up the stairs to the top of the tall lighthouse and got an amazing view on a clear day. The place also has restaurants with local food and souvenir shops.
Written July 5, 2018
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Mamaganet
Geneva, Switzerland19 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Nice stopping point for a wander around when touring the island. The lighthouse itself and beach behind it are worth a stop and visit.
Written April 22, 2017
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ADsMum
Stoke-on-Trent, UK375 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Anyone looking through tourist brochures for Ile de Re could be forgiven for thinking that Phare des Baleines was really just like any other site on the island - relatively quiet and unassuming. However, upon approaching, it becomes clear that Phare des Baleines is the Ile de Re equivalent of Lands End - an interesting landmark around which a mini tourism boom has grown (albeit that because this is Ile de Re, it is a bit classier than that!).
The approach roads are littered with cars, because the (free) car parking provided closer to the site is really insufficient to cope with the numbers arriving. It is, however, just a short walk up the main site. You know you are close when you get to the first few souvenir shops, which are quickly joined by restaurants also. They are not do bad, a better class of tourist tat, however it's only slightly after here that you get to the main Phare des Baleines. You queue from the door of the main building, to a counter to purchase tickets - bizarrely, you can buy a ticket to see either the new tower (the big one) and the museum, or the old tower (the smaller one behind) and the museum, each tower individually, but there is no joint ticket for both towers. This is slightly baffling as the attendant here advised us that the museum was all in French, so probably of little interest to us?!
Slightly after, you start the ascent of the 250 odd stairs. The stairs are quite wide, so there is opportunity to stop every so often to let more enthusiast people pass you, though it was quiet enough when we visited (despite the car park chaos) to go up without queueing. As you get closer to the top, the concrete stairs narrow into a short metal staircase up to a smaller wood panelled room, where you ascend another short flight of metal stairs to the top. It does get crowded at both these points, despite how quiet it was, however there isn't too long a wait, and the views from the top are well worth it!
The older tower is closer to the shore and accessed through the museum. Tickets are checked at the entrance though there are no notices or attempt to tell non-French speakers that you need to wait to ascend the tower. As a result, we waited around for a while and even wandered into the museum (there's nothing to stop you going in) however having agreed that the new tower was the more impressive and we'd already climbed that, we left.
There is quite a nice little shop through which you exit the new tower, and which you can access from the back, although this does get busy.
Written September 2, 2015
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