Le phare de Chassiron
Get to the top and you’ll dream of being a lighthouse-keeper!
This is the wildest part of Oléron where the houses are scrunched together and the trees shrink in the gusts of wind. Only the lighthouse, 46m high and 185 years old, in its striped convict’s uniform, stands firm.
The lighthouse is truly a remarkable site!
In times past, there was just a simple wood fire at the top of the tower. Today, after climbing 224 steps (189 in granite and 35 in metal) there’s a 250w bulb at the centre of an optical setup comprising eight lens panels revolving in a mercury bath that projects its beam up to 52km away.
Chassiron lighthouse is home to a contemporary maritime garden, a kind of landscaped compass rose, a museographic area where the visitor is audio-guided by Dédé l’Oléronnais accompanied by Lucien, Capitaine Reste-à-terre. And there’s the fish-locks and the foreshore of Chassiron to discover.
April, May, June & September :
Daily from 10:00 to 19:00
July & August :
Daily from 10:00 to 20:00
October to March
Daily from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00
• Closed on 25th December and 1st January
• The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time
• Lighthouse visits are subject to weather conditions
Free for children under 6.
Child price : 6-15.
For guided visits and events, please contact us.