The Chassiron lighthouse is located on the island of Oléron, at the northern tip of the island - the tip of the world - in the commune of Saint-Denis d'Oléron.
Identity sheet :
Address : Phare de Chassiron – 17650 Saint-Denis d’Oléron
Height: 46 m
Number of steps: 224
Range: approximately 50 kilometres
Construction: From 1834
Start of operation: 1836
The Chassiron lighthouse The lighthouse of the island of Oléron, located at the northern tip of the island, is situated in the centre of a magnificent garden in the shape of a compass rose. You will discover the lighthouse itself, but you can also stroll in this beautiful garden and end your visit with the museum.
Historically, the first "fire tower" was built on the orders of Colbert to guide boats entering the Charente to the Rochefort military arsenal. This made the Antioch Channel and its dangerous coastline safer, but the increase in maritime traffic soon necessitated the construction of a more powerful lighthouse.
This was the beginning of current Chassiron lighthouse, originally all white, but in the 1920s it was repainted with black stripes to improve its visibility and distinguish it from its cousin the whale lighthouse on the Ile de Ré.
Today, this aesthetic means that the Chassiron lighthouse is unmistakable, and gives it its special character. So don't hesitate to come and get lost at the tip of the world, to discover this magnificent historical monument, its museum and why not its shop.
Set off on an assault on its 224 steps and become one with the Chassiron lighthouse. Once you have made this effort, admire this breathtaking panorama , plunge your eyes into the ocean as far as the eye can see, to the south the island of Oléron of course, but also the Rochelaise coast, the island of Ré and the island of Aix.
Made only of stones, they are extremely solid and resist the repeated assaults of the tides and also act as a breakwater, protecting the coastline from erosion.Once very numerous, only 17 of them are still in operation today on the whole island of Oleron, and can be used to catch different types of fish such as bass, mackerel or conger eels.