Saint-Clément-des-Baleines is a resort town on the island of Ile de Re in the Bay of Biscay. It is surrounded by sandy beaches and pine groves, and the most important monument is the Whale Lighthouse.
The name of the village comes from the historical occupation of its inhabitants, i.e. whaling. In the nineteenth century, the character of the settlement began to change into a tourist destination, and today, thanks to its sandy beaches, it is a famous resort on the Atlantic coast. In addition to sunbathing, you can do active tourism here, and the area is conducive to long walks and cycling trips. Water sports, including surfing, are also available on the coast.
In the 17th century, one of the most important architects of military buildings, Vauban designed a 30-meter-high tower in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, which served as a lighthouse. Today it is called the Tower of Vauban or the Old Tower of Worships. In the mid-nineteenth century, when it turned out to be obsolete, a nearly 60-meter-long Whale Lighthouse was erected nearby. Today, the Lighthouse Museum and the Whale Museum operate in the Old Tower and in the buildings of the former lighthouse keeper's school.
The town is particularly busy in summer when many people spend their holidays here. In winter, it remains quiet and looks a bit deserted, but has a friendly, pleasant atmosphere that is conducive to strolling along the sea and relaxing.