The lighthouse of Cordouan, attracts our attention night and day from the coast of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne to La Palmyre.
In the daytime, it is a slender silhouette which stands out on the horizon and during misty weather, it is just a hazy shadow.
At night, it is of course the light and its unchanging rhythm, three eclipses (2 and 1) every 12 seconds, that beams out at us.
Some statistics :
Height 68 metres
Light range, approximately 40 km
Tower, cone-shaped with specially hewn stones
311 steps to reach the lantern
Stone belt, circular bastion, 41 metres in diameter and 8,30 metres in height, which protects the building from the ocean
Stone jetty, 260 metres long to allow food and materials to be brought to the lighthouse, approachable at low tide.
The lighthouse of Cordouan was superbly restored some years ago and it is open to visitors during the summer.
It is the oldest lighthouse in France dating back to 1611. It was extensively renovated between 1786 and 1790.