Calais Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

The first lighthouse was built in 1818 on the remnants of the old Fort at Risban. In 1839 the government held an enquiry to see the need for building a new lighthouse. The new lighthouse stands tall across the harbour and was built in 1845. It’s light was lit for the first time in 1848. The lighthouse was nearly destroyed during the Second World War.

The lighthouse is open to the public. On the first floor; you can see maritime artifacts and instruments for navigation. You can also watch a little movie that takes about 30 minutes. When you have done that you can climb the lighthouse all the way to the top. After climbing the 271 stairs, If you can make it , you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Pas de Calais or English Channel. In clear visibility you can even see the White Cliffs of Dover on the English coast.



Cap Gris Nez Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

The first lighthouse was built in 1837. This was a round tower built on a rectangular building that was housing for the lighthouse keepers. In 1869 the lighthouse was modified and in 1944 it was completely destroyed. The work on the new lighthouse began in 1952 and was lit for the first time in 1958. It was automated in 1986.



Boulogne-sur-Mer Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

Boulogne was one of the first modern harbours to have a light. The one at “Digue Carnot” was built on the spit that guards the entrance to the harbour. Later they built a major lighthouse along the coast at the Cap d’Alprech.


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Cap d'Alprech Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

Cap d’Alprech was built in 1830. In 1842 they built a more permanent structure, that was demolished in 1944. In 1947 they built a third one that was made of metal. In 1962 this too was pulled down. The lighthouse that stands there today has accommodation for the lighthouse keepers, however, it was automated in 1977.



la Canche Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

The lighthouse is better known as the “Phare du Touquet”. At first there were 2 minor light beacons built in 1805 (23 m from each other). Because of the importance of navigation, they built 2 lighthouses between 1845 and 1851.

Both were destroyed in 1944. They put a provisional light at the top of the city hall and in 1947 a new lighthouse was built, it was lit for the first time in 1952. The floods of 1993 caused extensive damage so it was not possible to visit the lighthouse. It was open again to the public in the summer of 2010.



Berck Lighthouse
Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France)

The current lighthouse was built in 1951 and is located in the dunes.