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Le phare de chassiron
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We went to the top , view of the mainland La Rochelle and fort Boyard . Walk around the phare is nice, with pub , restaurant. 1 hr tour is fine.!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank segalasm
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We were staying within 10 miles so we visited the most northerly point of the island. When we visited in May there was ample free parking and some closed shops and attractions surrounding it. We didn't go into the lighthouse as there were no guided tours offered in english, but the gardens surrounding are worth a visit with some bi-lingual displays, the approach has many displays explaining the origins and building of the various lighthouses on the site.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

At the phare de chassiron on the far end of Ile d'Oleron you have a magnificent almost 360° view of the coastal lines of the island.The lighthouse dated 1836 can be visited, and you can climb the 224 stairs.You can the see the shore line of the neighbor island Il d'Ré in a distance.Also you can see the historie of the island in the rocks on the seafloor that are pushed in a unusual shape ,this is caused by a earthquake and the subsequent landslide 10,000 years ago that the island Ile d'Oleron and Ile d'Ré was separated from the mainland ,and slowly sliding towards the atlantic ocean trough.you still can feel sometimes small earthquakes ,at most campsite there are instructions placed what to do in case of earthquakes, but this is not a reason to worry about ,because they are so small that you are hardly aware of them.There are also remains of Wold war II in the form of casemates and bunkers from the War, it does become less and less every year, because the tip of the island erodes and these remains fall into the sea .
A very interesting place to visit .

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Fam-Malfliet
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We drove onto and through the island just to see the lighthouse - took us 1.5hrs and the return 2 hrs (too long). It is really one main road on and off the island.

The lighthouse is lovely, though the organisation of getting visitors up and down is a nightmare - we waited an hour (not sure we would have bothered if we'd known it was going to take that long!). The view from the top is worth the 224 steps.

The local area unfortunately has been turned into the isle of white needles of Ile d'Oleron, though if you can get away from this and down to the beach is is lovely and great for crab spotting.

Given the nightmare journey I wouldn't recommend unless you are staying on the island and perhaps you could get there by bicycle.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank smnlewry
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

It's worth a visit; although it's nothing spectacular.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and make for a pleasant walk around the headland.
There is plenty of free parking within a 5-10 minute walk.
There are the usual concessions selling food and lighthouse paraphernalia, all reasonably priced.
Depending on the time of day and weather the queue can very in length. We waited for an hour (100m) before getting to the booth.
€3 per adult was good value to climb the 244 steps for the view. Be warned there are lots of small kids climbing and descending the very narrow spiral staircase.
The final flights of stairs would benefit from crowd control particularly when it's busy as it was when we visited.
The views are lovely .

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Donal M
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