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Site management

Owned by the State

The Cordouan lighthouse is going through changes. Its historic role as an aid to navigation for mariners no longer requires the permanent presence of technicians from the Phares et Balises (the French lighthouse authority). Cordouan, however, is also an historic monument, first listed in 1862, and open ...

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Managed by SMIDDEST

SMIDDEST (Syndicat Mixte pour le Développement Durable de l'Estuaire de la Gironde), the authority responsible for the sustainable development of the Gironde estuary, was founded in 2001 by the Département Councils of Gironde and Charente-Maritime, the Regional Councils of Aquitaine ...

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The lighthouse keepers

It takes four keepers to man the lighthouse, a service which is not only desirable but also indispensable. Working in pairs, the keepers alternate between a two-week tour of duty on the lighthouse followed by one week on shore during the tourist season (Easter to the end of October), and one ...

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