Phare de Cordouan Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO

The Cordouan Lighthouse

Also known as the Versailles of the Seas, Cordouan's lighthouse built in 1611, has just been inscribed on the prestigious Unesco list.

Cordouan lighthouse staircase

Have you ever heard of the Cordouan Lighthouse? Seen a documentary on this architectural feat? For the past 400 years the Cordouan Lighthouse has stood proudly at the entrance to the Gironde Estuary, off the Verdon headland and the town of Royan. It is now on the Unesco World Heritage List.

Set off on an adventure through history! Let yourself be carried away by the amazing experience of a maritime gem, which has been classified as an Historic Monument for the past 150 years!

Before we go any further, here are the keys to help you plan your visit and get to the heart of the most incredible secrets.

When can we visit the Cordouan Lighthouse?

Cordouan Lighthouse

You can visit the Cordouan Lighthouse from April to Halloween guided by the keeper of this extraordinary building.

How can we visit the Cordouan Lighthouse?

Entrance to Cordouan lighthouse

Before you leave, remember to book your crossing with one of the cruise boat companies (ticket from €43/adult). Allow half a day, either morning or afternoon, to visit “The Versailles of the Seas”. Once you land, all you need to do is purchase an entrance ticket from the lighthouse keeper, (entrance ticket for the visit €7 to €15). Then you're all set for an unforgettable experience!

How can we get to the Cordouan Lighthouse?

Foot of Cordouan lighthouse

To get to the Cordouan Lighthouse, you need simply to board a cruise boat for a 40-minute crossing. The boat will drop you off as close to the lighthouse as possible, then you'll have a 10-minute walk to actually reach the building itself.

Be careful! Search for information about access to the site. This changes depending on the tides. Departure times for all the cruises are regularly updated. We also recommend you wear appropriate clothing for the outing because sometimes the water can rise to mid-thigh level during the last 10-minutes’ walking.

What will we find at the Cordouan Lighthouse?

From the top of Cordouan lighthouse

The visit to the Cordouan Lighthouse takes you through various different levels: the Girondins hall; the royal chapel and its fabulous stained-glass windows; the royal apartment... not to mention the breathtaking view once you get to the top of the 301 steps.

At the top of the Cordouan Lighthouse, you'll be able to enjoy an impressive view over land and sea - one of the most spectacular in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Every moment of the day gives you a different vision of the Cordouan Lighthouse and enhances it, thanks to the changing colours of the sky which mingle with the sea, from sunrise to sunset. Please enjoy this video of an evening musical set at the Cordouan Lighthouse, and we hope to see you there soon!

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Relais Thalasso Ile de Ré - Notre produit phare

On the Ile de Ré, the Atalante hotel optimises happiness to make you live the "well-being attitude"!
On the Ile de Ré, the Atalante hotel optimises happiness to make you live the "well-being attitude".


The Atalante Hotel has a thalassotherapy centre. You will have unlimited access to the hydromarine area with a sauna, a hammam and an indoor and outdoor heated seawater pool. You can find the treatment menu on the website http:/www.thalasso-iledere.com

You can also relax in a lounge with a library.


L'Atalante offers a 24-hour reception.


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Port Notre-Dame 17740 Sainte-Marie-de-Ré
Du 01/01/2022 au 14/11/2022
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Hotel Atalante Relais Thalasso et Spa

Hotel Atalante, welcome to a world of peace and wellness and wellbeing
The rooms are cheerfully decorated, more spacious and comfortable - minibar, safety deposit box, satellite TV. All rooms of Atalante hotel**** have a balcony or terrace providing views over the sea or vineyards. They are equipped with free Wifi Internet access, and some of them are equipped with air-conditioning.


Buffet breakfast served every day. Its restaurant serves French cuisine in its dining-room overlooking the sea. You can also enjoy a cocktail on the terrace in good weather.


You will have an unlimited access to the hydro-marine area with its sauna, hammam and heated seawater swimming-pool. You can also relax in the lounge with its library.


Atalande reception desk, bike hire services are open 24 hours a day. A free private car-park is available on site. The town centre of La Rochelle is only 20 minutes by car from the hotel.

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Michel & Hélène Déjean

Large family house for up to 8 people (200m²) with oceanic and Retais charm, in the heart of the peaceful Côte Sauvage area. View of the sea and the bell tower of Ste Marie, surrounded by vineyards, for a regenerating stay with family or friends.


2 shaded and flowered gardens, enclosed by walls. Private swimming pool heated from Easter to early October, protected by an electric cover. 2 outdoor wooden terraces, 1 covered terrace with garden furniture, deckchairs and barbecue.

6 bedrooms (3 beds 160x200, 5 beds 90x200, 2 of which can be converted into 2 beds 180x200). Folding bed and baby chair.

1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms with Italian showers, 3 WCs, 2 of which are separate.

Equipped open-plan kitchen, storeroom and laundry room.

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Wellness, Thai or sports massage performed by a physiotherapist

Massage helps to relieve pain and tension in the body. It meets different needs: to relax, to improve recovery after a sporting event or to meet a therapeutic objective within the framework of a global treatment.
In a very light and zen setting, this will dazzle the holidays allowing the body to recharge and realign itself while the mind can let go.


In today's professional world, employees are increasingly subject to stress, physical and psychological strain, particularly due to the constant demands of new technologies, competitive needs and the acceleration of our way of working.


The muscular tensions and stressful behaviours that develop in your employees are a sign of the dissonance between their desire to perform and their capacities in the face of the needs of the working world.

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Ré Eduk Coach

Our team of physiotherapists is happy to welcome you to a space dedicated to health, sport and well-being.


Healthy movement and sport are at the heart of our concerns.

12, Allée du Phare 17940 Rivedoux-Plage
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Pilates class given by a physiotherapist (private or group in small groups)

Come and do Pilates, sports, wellness massages or water walking on the Ile de Ré, in Rivedoux-Plage!

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