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Cordouan Lighthouse

33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France


About Cordouan Lighthouse

The famous Cordouan Lighthouse, built between 1584 and 1611, is the oldest working lighthouse in France. It was located in the middle of the sea, at the mouth of the Gironde estuary. It stands 67.5 metres tall and has six storeys in the Renaissance style. It is the only lighthouse at the sea on the coast of France still guarded, the oldest still in activity and the only one in the world open to the visit.

Attractions near Cordouan Lighthouse

Zoo La Palmyre11.18km from Cordouan Lighthouse

The Palmyre zoo is a zoo French on the Atlantic coast of Nova Aquitaine, in Charente-Maritime, in the Arvert peninsula, between Royan and Oléron Island. Created in 1966 by Claude Caillé. It covers 18 hectares in the seaside resort of La Palmyre, enclosed between the national forest of La Coubre and the forest of Combots d'Ansoine. The park, set up as a landscaped garden, offers visitors the opportunity to observe more than 1,500 animals of 115 species, along a course of more than 4 kilometers.

Île Madame41.53km from Cordouan Lighthouse

Île Madame is an island in the River Charente estuary on the Atlantic coast of France joined to the mainland by a causeway. The island has an area of four square miles and is unpopulated. It is only accessible at low tide, preferably on foot and by bicycle. It is a fragile space that must be respected and protected. On the highest point of the island, there is a fort built in the 17tyh century.

Corderie Royale42.51km from Cordouan Lighthouse

The Corderie Royale, built between 1666 and 1669, provided ropes for the French Navy and its ships for over three centuries. First industrial building in Rochefort, it will not withstand the appearance of steel cables and in 1862, the production of rope is ceased. Reassigned to many uses, it will definitely close its doors at the same time as the closing of the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort in 1927.

Fort Boyard46.05km from Cordouan Lighthouse

A majestic fort which was located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron in the Pertuis d'Antioche straits. the construction of the fort is decided because of the need to lock the passage between Aix Island and Oléron Island. The building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857.  It was one of the unique forts in this area and it has a lot of history to say.

Île-d'Aix47.39km from Cordouan Lighthouse

The island of Aix is an island in the southwest of France. Bathed by the Bay of Biscay, it is located 3.1  km west-north-west of Pointe de la Fumée, on the Charente coast.  Being part of the Charente archipelago, it is also one of the fifteen islands of Ponant. It is located west of the bay of Yves, between the island of Oléron and the town of Fouras, at the northern end of the Charente estuary. To the north of the island is the Antioch sluice.

Lac d'Hourtin-Carcans50.45km from Cordouan Lighthouse

Lake Hourtin-Carcans, measuring 5,667 hectares, is the largest freshwater lake in France located in the heart of the Médoc Landes.  It was preserved with wild marshes, sand dunes and pine forests. It is a perfect place for sailing, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, kite surfing, paddle boating, or walking and biking along the trails and cycle paths that line the shores of the lake.

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The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the largest region of France with an area of 84,035.7 kilometer square. Tourism is an important sector in a region with significant assets, starting with a mild and sunny climate, wine tourism, many heritage sites, sandy beaches for surfers, and mountains for skiers.