The Cordouan lighthouse has stood watch over the Gironde estuary for over four centuries.

An architectural tour de force rising from the ocean itself… majestic in its soaring height, the lighthouse proudly displays the beauty of its dressed and sculpted stone. From the summit at 67.50 metres, the breathtaking view is a fitting reward for climbing the 301 steps leading to the lantern.

Unique of its kind… the only offshore lighthouse in the world still manned and open to visitors, the first (and for many years the only) lighthouse to be listed as an historic monument in 1862. See the website.

Cordovan be visited from April to October. Approximately 30 minutes boat crossing from Verdon sur Mer (Port-Bloc) with the companies  Bohemia and Galantaise Cruise