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Phare du Cordouan

33123 Le Verdon Sur Mer, France
+33 5 57 42 28 76
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Only if weather is very good

We had booked for a tour several days in advance. When the day came our tour was cancelled due to... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017

It always marvels me to see such ingenuity. And architecture is somewhat of a passion for me so... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2016
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A unique monument in the world, located right in the middle of the sea, at 4.350 miles to French coasts. Every year, it opens its doors to 25 000 enthusiast visitors keen on discovering lighthouse’s history. Get on board in a boat from Gironde or Charente coasts and you will land 4.350 miles in a sandbank surrounded by the ocean: it’s down the lighthouse that adventure begins. Cordouan is like no others: it remains the oldest French lighthouse still in use, while still hosting lighthouse keepers. They are four, taking turns in pairs all year, to provide the site maintenance, but also welcome visitors, showing around the monument. Cordouan lighthouse is a military art structure, classified monument since 1862. During the visit, you could admire a room of great rarity: the chapel of “Notre Dame de Cordouan” situated in the second floor, which is certainly the most majestic part of the structure.
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8 May 2017
“Only if weather is very good”
6 Dec 2016
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
33123 Le Verdon Sur Mer, France
+33 5 57 42 28 76
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

We had booked for a tour several days in advance. When the day came our tour was cancelled due to extreme wind conditions. The organizer was kind enough to book us for the following day but unluckily we had quite a lot of rain, wind...More

1  Thank Dr_cooke
Reviewed 6 December 2016

It always marvels me to see such ingenuity. And architecture is somewhat of a passion for me so with such a beautiful and sunny day, I was in heaven.

Thank JeanBaptisteGuy
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This lighthouse is magical. If you are in the area it is a must see, must do activity. The cruises are starting to charge far too much to go there but it is an unforgettable experience. Absolutely beautiful inside with a great view. Highly recommended.

Thank RIF123
Reviewed 13 October 2016

nothing around in Le Verdon. 2 km from cruise port but close by beach town with market and shopping. meutermedia

1  Thank MeuterMedia
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is a trip that you shouldn't miss - just choose a day when the sea isn't too rough!!! The trip out by boat is wonderful but dress for the weather. The wind can be cold and the sun can be very hot. The lighthouse...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

Went out on a boat trip from Royans. The lighthouse is on a sand bank off the coast. To get to it you have to wait through the water and then walk over the sand from the boat. The kids had a blast.

Thank appenz
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

We took the boat from Royan in a beautiful sunny day.It took us almost 30' to get there and as soon as we arrived, we could imagine it would be an interesting visit. There was a guide who explained to us the whole history of...More

2  Thank Clarissa M
Reviewed 10 January 2015

find out which French King had this light-house built, what the area looked like then, discover the amazing view and, crazy enough, check your phone for the best mobile reception..

1  Thank Sean20122207
Reviewed 16 October 2014

This lighthouse has such history; it is not the original one, but it certainly is well worth the visit. We had no idea what to expect, when our trip advisor, France Just for You, booked this. She had told us we needed wet shoes and...More

Thank Linda N
Reviewed 4 October 2014

Although this trip is listed under Verdun, it can be taken from Royan also: which is what we did. And it is the trip from there that is itself that is part of the enjoyment/challenge. NB this is not suitable for physically disabled people: there...More

1  Thank frenchderek
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