I can’t remember now how I heard about the Cordouan lighthouse but after reading about it, I was determined to visit it. It guards the entrance to the Gironde River-one of many lighthouses or posts along the Atlantic coast to keep ships safe-and it required a 30 minute boat ride to get there.
Here it is as you approach by boat.
Once you get there you have to walk though water to get to the entrance.
There are five floors.. The first one is a chapel.
The newest section added during a renovation is impressive.
Looking down from the stairs. When the renovation was done, all of the equipment and supplies were brought up through the middle of the lighthouse.
When you finally reach the top-301 steps-you see the light at the top.
Here is the view below. You can see the shadow of the lighthouse and the path that leads out to an island. At one time you could walk all the way to shore.
When our tour was over we took a boat to an island, due to that pesky tide, and then walked about ten minutes across the sand to a waiting boat on the other side which took us to our boat back to Royan.
Just some interesting designs in the sand seen as we walked along.