Located in La Tremblade, at the very north-end of the Gironde's Estuary, the La Coubre Lighthouse is undoubtedly a highlight of Charente-Maritime.
Built in 1904 and put into service in 1905, the lighthouse has overlooked the Gironde's Estuary ever since then.
It is rated as one of the highest lighthouse in the area and one of the most powerful in France.
The lighthouse acts as a guide through the ocean, illuminating the way to make sure sailors by the shore stay safe.
It warns mariners of dangerous sandbanks, which has caused the sinking of several ships.
If you're going through the beautiful "La Coubre" Forest, by car, walking or even by bike, you will certainly see the lighthouse stick out.
Visiting the lighthouse is a necessary step to marvel at the path crossed and the unspoilt flora and fauna. With a truly breathtaking view from the balcony, it is the perfect location to discover the vast estuary, where the Cordouan Lighthouse overlooks. With 300 steps, the lighthouse is 64 meters high. The paronamic view on Oleron Island, La Tremblade, La Palmyre, not forgetting the fine sandy beaches and the pine woods, allows you to experience nature in its purest.
To have a glimpse of the view, please click here.
Opening times 2020
Adults : 4€
Children (age 5-11) – Person with reduce mobility – Bad weather : 2.50€
Under age 4 : free
Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) : 11€
Adult groups (+15 people) : 3€
Child groups (+15 people) : 1.50€
Pass "2 Terre A Mer" (Lighthouse/ Water Sports Centre / Tennis Court) : 22€
February - March - October - November
10.00 - 12.30 / 13.30 - 17.30
April - May - June - September
10.00 - 12.30 / 14.00 - 18.00
July - August
10.00 - 20.00
Last admission to the lighthouse
30 minutes before closing
Methods of payment
Much more than only 300 steps, the visit continues with a museum which offers the opportunity to unveil the light-keeper's secrets, a gift shop with more than 400 products and a foodtruck.
There are many activities to do all year long : athletic event, visit at sunset, exhibitions...
For sure, it will cater for all tastes.
In the heart of La Coubre Forest, only 1h15 from La Rochelle,
30 minutes from Royan et 50 minutes from Rochefort…
Lieu dit La Coubre, 17390 LA TREMBLADE
(+33)5 46 06 26 42
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From La Rochelle : 79 km – 1h15 via D137
From Royan : 22 km – 30 min via D25
From Rochefort : 47 km – 47 min via D25
From Bordeaux : 157km – 2h via A10
From Nantes : 211 km – 2h40 via A83
A 25 km cycle path through the beautiful forest of La Coubre gives access to the beach and the lighthouse.
Situated on the itinerary of « La Vélodyssée », the lighthouse gives the cyclist an appropriate welcome with adapted equipment and services.
Download the cycle path map here.
« A very nice experience ! Lovely nice view after a long climb of stairs. Some heart breaking views well worth the effort, we all enjoyed it »
« Epic lighthouse.
Great day out, beautiful, great views, good value for money, lovely historic building »