The Cordouan lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The Cordouan lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The Cordouan lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Access to the lighthouse

Cordouan lighthouse is situated in the mouth of Gironde estuary. It is at sea on a rocky plateau surrounded by sandbanks which are exposed at low tide. It is only accessible by boat.

You have options: arrive via affiliated transportation companies or on your own boat.

Head to Port-Médoc in Verdon-sur-Mer

kiosque Vedettes la Bohême

Vedettes la Bohême

Port Médoc (marina)
33123 Le Verdon-Sur-Mer
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By train

Regional Express Train Bordeaux – Pointe de Grave Line

15 to 20 minutes on foot from the train station.

Schedules

By bus:

Regional buses of New Aquitaine

  • 713 Lesparre – Pointe de Grave Line
  • 718 Vendays Montalivet – Le Verdon Line

Schedules

By bicycle:

Vélodyssée

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By carpooling:

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By car:

1 hour and 30 minutes from Bordeaux on route D215 or the vineyard route.

Free parking across from the Vedettes La Bohême offices.

By boat:

Royan-Verdon Line
Schedules

Get to the port of Royan

Kiosque Croisières la SirèneCroisières la Sirène

Monastir dock, port of Royan,
17200 Royan
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By train:

  • Regional Express Train Niort – Royan Line
  • Regional Express Train Angouleme – Royan Line

15 to 20 minutes on foot from the train station.
Schedules

By bus:

Regional buses of New Aquitaine

Rochefort and La Rochelle connections

Schedules

By bike:

Vélodyssée
See the route

By carpooling:

Find a carpool online

By car:

1 hour and 15 minutes from La Rochelle, 40 minutes from Saintes, 50 minutes from Rochefort train station.
Free parking on-site.

By boat

Verdon-Royan Line
Schedules

I’m coming on my own boat

Dear pleasure boaters, if you come in your own boat, you can visit the lighthouse on the days and at the times available here.

Visitors who arrive on their own boat must inform the lighthouse keepers of their arrival and pay the entry fee

The lighthouse opens at ebb tide at the earliest. The last visitors must leave the lighthouse at most 2 hours after low tide and 1 hour before sunset. Access to the lighthouse is prohibited when the beacon is lit.

The lighthouse is considered open when the lighthouse keepers open the tide gate. They can restrict hours according to weather, atmospheric and sea conditions.

All pleasure boaters are supposed to understand the conditions of access, docking, disembarking, embarking and walking to the lighthouse. Visitors arriving by their own means are entirely responsible for their safety outside the monument. They must wear appropriate clothes and footwear for the visit and decide when they will arrive and depart in order to guarantee their safety.

Warning: the site access conditions can change year by year! You are in the heart of a living and changing natural site. Sandbars move during the winter. Do your research before coming and take all necessary precautions for safely visiting the site.

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