Discover the 2nd highest lighthouse in France!
The Gatteville lighthouse is located in the Manche department on the Pointe de Barfleur, only 20 minutes from the Normandy campsite by the sea. Gatteville-le-Phare is one of the must-see visits during your holiday in Normandy.
A sporty visit, during which you will climb to the top of the lighthouse to the east of the peninsula. You will then be amply rewarded for your efforts by admiring a panoramic view of the Channel Sea, the North Cotentin bocage and the Calvados coast. Dating from the 19th century, the lighthouse is still in operation and provides light for ships approaching the Normandy coast. The old lighthouse is used as a semaphore. Both are classified as historical monuments.
The lighthouse in figures
- 365 steps (no. of days in a year)
- 52 windows (no. of weeks in a year)
- 12 floors (no. of months in a year)
- 2nd largest lighthouse in France after the Ile Vierge lighthouse off the coast of Finistère.
- 75 m high
- 10,000: It took no less than 10,000 ashlars of Barfleur granite (from the former Gatteville quarry) to build this monumental lighthouse.
Campsite near Gatteville le Phare
A few kilometres from the Gatteville Lighthouse, the La Gallouette campsite in St Vaast la Hougue offers a wide choice of holiday rentals at low prices.
Discover our range of mobile homes and chalets, from the mobile home Studio Compact for 1 to 2 people to the 40m² chalet with 3 bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen, living room with television and bathroom in all our outdoor accommodation. Our furnished rentals are recent and offer you all the comfort you need for a pleasant holiday near Gatteville le Phare. Mobile home and chalet rentals in camping with heated swimming pool in the Cotentin region.
How to get to Gatteville?
By renting your 2CV at the Manche La Gallouette campsite. At an attractive rate, discover the Cotentin differently, take one of our “road book” to follow the itineraries created by the campsite team, and venture out on the small roads of the Val de Saire.
on foot along the GR 223, along the Normandy coast via Barfleur. Let yourself be guided by the sea breeze: one of the most beautiful landscapes on the coastal path along the sandy beaches!
by bike for the more sporty. On sandy ground or by the tourist road between the St Vaast campsite and the Gatteville lighthouse.
Gatteville Lighthouse is open every day during the summer season. However, the visit can be closed depending on the weather conditions and especially if the wind force exceeds 50km/h or in stormy weather.
Your entrance ticket gives you access to the lighthouse and to an exhibition on the history of Gatteville Lighthouse and lighthouses in general, at the bottom of the monument.