Campsite near Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
Make the most of your break in campsite trip near Saint-Clément-des-Baleines to explore this lovely village nestled on the northern tip of Ile de Ré between the untamed coast and Plage de la Conche beach. This is where you'll find the most popular historical site in the Charente-Maritime: the famous Phare des Baleines lighthouse!
Phare des Baleines, an Ile de Ré must-see
There's no way you can have a camping holiday on Ile de Ré without visiting the famous phare des Baleines just 4km from Camp du Soleil.
It was built in 1825 and its 57m height makes it one of the tallest lighthouses in France. Walk up its 257 steps for 360 degree views of the village and beaches, Lizay forest and the entire Ile de Ré!
The little museum at the bottom of the lighthouse sheds light on the history of lighthouses and beacons around the local inlets.
The old Tour Vauban, "the old Tour des Baleines", is also open to visitors. Completed in 1682, it was used as a landmark for sailors and monitored the movements of ships waving the British flag.
Are you staying on the campsite in August? Don't miss the Phare Jazz Festival, the star summer event on Ile de Ré!
Plage de la Conche on the western tip is the biggest beach on Ile de Ré. People come here to swim and to enjoy a spot of shellfish gathering at low tide.
Did you know? The first scenes of "The Longest Day", a film about the D-Day landings in Normandy, were shot on the Saint-Clément des Baleines beaches in 1961!