Attacking the Saint Louis lighthouse


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The adventure begins at the entrance to the port of Sète

You have always dreamed of watching the horizon, watching for the arrival of ferocious privateers, defending an islet against wind and tide. The view is spectacular, but it requires climbing the 126 steps to the top of the Sète lighthouse. Its luminous flashes indicate to sailors the entrance to the harbour. 

Don't miss this unique visit. And for good reason, this monument is the only one to offer public access in the French Mediterranean. 

Good plan for the family: 
Access is free for children up to 11 years old. There is no doubt that this activity is recommended for families and has been awarded the "Family Plus" label! 
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Some figures and a little history

2297 stones, 310 m3 of ashlar, 126 steps, 33.5 m high, 6.50m diameter at the base and 4.55m at the top, 3m interior diameter. Built around 1680, demolished in 1944 by German mines, it was rebuilt in 1948. 

Today, it continues to signal the entrance to the channel with its red light and is now open to the public. Come and climb the steps of this incredible lookout and enjoy a 360° view of the commercial port, the marina and the old town.
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Practical information

To find out more about the history of the Saint Louis lighthouse, download the presentation brochure. The Saint Louis lighthouse is open during school holidays and depending on the weather conditions. 
Ticket office on site.  


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