CHASSIRON LIGHTHOUSE

The Chassiron lighthouse is located at the northern tip of the island of Oléron, also called "point of the end of the world".
Its strategic position allows sailors to locate the entrance to the Pertuis d'Antioche, the scene of many shipwrecks....
Features

Name: Chassiron lighthouse
Height: 46 meters
Diameter: 18 meters
Shape: circular
Number of steps: 224
Year of construction: 1834
 Color code: 3 black stripes and 3 white stripes
Light code: 1 flash every 10 seconds
Bulb: 250 W metal halide
Visibility: 35 km day and 52 km night
Construction materials: stones from Crazannes and granite from Vendée

Visiting the lighthouse

The site of the Chassiron lighthouse was entirely rehabilitated in 2007. This historical monument is open to visitors.
After climbing the 224 steps, visitors discover a unique 360° panorama. The highest point of the island, it is possible to observe the northern half of the island of Oléron, the ocean, the Pertuis d'Antioche, the Rochelaise coast as well as the islands of Aix and Ré. Without forgetting the mythical Fort Boyard!!

 

The show route "Parcours spectacle"

The rotunda of the lighthouse, former apartments of the guards, now houses the Museum "Parcours spectacle" whose theme is "People of the coast between land and sea".
For 30 minutes, the visitor is guided by the story of a young castaway stranded on the Pointe de Chassiron. Its history is illustrated by traditional objects, models and videos.
This audioguided tour allows you to discover the life of the Oléronnais, land sailors and seafarers, through their daily lives and their know-how.

Accessible for both children and adults, the museum is also equipped with a magnetic loop for the hearing impaired and an elevator for people with reduced mobility.

 

Prices and conditions of access

 

The number of people who can visit simultaneously is limited:
- Lighthouse: 50 people
- Museum: 20 people

During busy periods, a waiting time is to be expected to access the lighthouse.

During the summer period, the peak attendance periods are as follows: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The visit to the lighthouse is subject to weather conditions. As a security measure, the ascent of the lighthouse is closed to the public in stormy weather and when the wind speed exceeds 70 km/h.

 Our animal friends are not allowed in the lighthouse and the garden.

 

opening hours

(ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing)

from October 1 to March 31 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
from April 1 to June 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
from July 1 to August 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
from September 1 to September 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

closed on December 25 and January 1

 

admission price

visit to the lighthouse:
adult = 3.70€
child (6 to 15 years old) = 2.00€
child (under 6 years old) = free

museum visit:
adult = 3.00€
child (6 to 15 years old) = free
child (under 6 years old) = free

visit of the lighthouse and the museum:
adult = 5.00€
child (6 to 15 years old) = 2.00€
child (under 6 years old) = free