The Chassiron lighthouse, on its way to the "end of the world".
During your holiday at the Ile Oléron campsite near Saint-Denis-d'Oléron, the Chassiron lighthouse is one of the unmissable features of your discovery of the Ile d'Oléron. After climbing to the top of the lighthouse offering a spectacular panoramic view, visit the museum, the lighthouse keepers' house and the gardens.
A breathtaking view of the Ile d'Oléron and the entire coastline!
You have to climb the 224 steps of the Chassiron Lighthouse to reach the top, 46 metres high, and contemplate a magnificent view between sky and sea. The result is an incredible scenery that rewards all the efforts of the day, a breathtaking 360° panorama over the island of Oléron and the ocean, the fish locks and the Antioche beacon, but also over the famous Fort Boyard, the island of Ré, the island of Aix and La Rochelle.
The museum of the lighthouse and the show "Les Gens de la Côte".
C'est au coeur de la rotonde du phare que se trouve le musée. Vous pourrez suivre un parcours spectacle passionnant, guidé par le récit d'un jeune naufragé échoué sur la pointe de Chassiron. Dans chacune des 6 salles, on découvre de nombreux objets d'époque, témoignages, maquettes et projections de films qui plongent le visiteur dans le quotidien des marins et paysans oléronais. Si vous avez le temps, faites un petit crochet par la "maison de la pointe" - l'ancienne maison des gardiens du phare - qui abrite des expositions temporaires et propose des ateliers pédagogiques consacrés à la connaissance du milieu marin.
The lighthouse garden "la Rose des vents paysagère" (the landscape wind rose)
Don't leave Chassiron before discovering the garden laid out in the shape of a compass rose. Located at the foot of the lighthouse, the garden is labelled "remarkable garden". It is populated with numerous species of grasses, ornamental plants, roses (21 varieties), but also a vegetable garden and a vineyard. It is fun to solve the enigmas to discover the history of the lighthouse, the diversity of marine species and the specificities of the foreshore. We learn small anecdotes with the help of informative terminals, maps, turntables, scopes, audio terminals...
The little story of the lighthouse...
To reduce the risk of shipwrecks on the north coast of the island, Colbert had a first fire tower built in 1685 to mark the entrance to the breakthroughs. In 1836, the building was replaced by a more modern and efficient lighthouse to guide sailors, the Chassiron lighthouse! At the time, it was all white and it was only in 1926 that it was decided to paint three black stripes to differentiate it from its neighbour, the Baleines lighthouse on the Ile de Ré.