The Vallières lighthouse at Saint Georges de Didonne is a lighthouse located on the cliff of Vallières, and near the port of Saint Georges de Didonne, and the main beach. It was built at the end of the 19th century, from 1898 to 1902. However, it has not been used since the end of the 60s.
The building, which dominates the port, is distinguished by its shape of a square tower in limestone, with a granite base, and has been the subject of an inscription as a historical monument since 2012. It has 144 steps and it 36 meters high, dominated by a copper dome. It is made up of 4 floors – in all 29 meters, on which a 7-meter lantern is placed.
The building was bombed the day after the liberation of the ‘Poche de Royan’ in April 1945. There are traces of this bombardment – traces of shells on the walls of the Lighthouse.
The Vallières lighthouse faces the Pointe de Grave, and you can use the coastal path to get to the main beach of St Georges de Didonne, passing by the port and the nautical center. From the lighthouse, you can also see in the distance the Pointe de Suzac, its park and its forest.
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St Georges de Didonne is a small town located at the mouth of the Gironde estuary, on the beauty coast, and known for its long sandy beach.