The « Versailles de la Mer » is classified as a historical monument.

Discover the Cordouan Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Europe.

Built in 1584 on the foundations of an old medieval watchtower, the Cordouan lighthouse is the oldest of the French lighthouses still in activity.

The lighthouse is built of Saintonge stone and is 68 meters high. After climbing the 311 steps and 6 floors leading to the summit, admire a sublime view of the Gironde estuary.

The building houses in particular the King’s apartment, the lantern room, the Notre-Dame chapel, so many atmospheres that evoke the history of the lighthouse over the centuries.

Equidistant from the coasts of Gironde and Charente

between Royan and Pointe de Grave

Take advantage of your visit to discover the Gironde estuary, the Pointe de Grave, Port Médoc, Port Bloc, the port of Verdon, the Meschers caves, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, on foot, by bike or boat during a catamaran cruise, speedboat, jet ski or sea kayak …

From the Pointe de Grave with La Bohême II and Captain Richard Grass (99 passengers – reservation required):

Duration of the release: about 4 hours
Duration of the crossing: about 30 minutes
The Cordouan lighthouse can be visited from April to October.