Come with us to travel Andalusia from west to east, through the Andalusian coast, knowing five (or more) of the main lighthouses of this region
Huelva, Cádiz, Málaga, Granada and Almería. They are, that order from the west to the east, from west to east, the five provinces of Andalusia that have coast. And taking advantage of the fact that we are in summer and what we want, we are going to make a route through them, following that same order, although in a different way, knowing five lighthouses (or more) that are worth visiting, both for their historical and social importance and for the environment in which they find themselves.
Lighthouse of El Rompido, Huelva
The Rompido is a Huelva village with a seafaring tradition and currently a tourist attraction that has two lighthouses: one from the XIX century already in disuse and another that was built in the XX century, to replace the previous one, and that serves to guide the boats between Ayamonte and the port of Huelva. Interestingly, in Huelva province there are only two other towers that have the category of lighthouse and not beacon. One is the Picacho lighthouse, in Mazagón, and that indicates to the boats the entrance to the port of the capital, and the other is the lighthouse of the Fig Tree, on Matalascañas beach.
Chipiona Lighthouse, in Cádiz
The most important lighthouse in the province of Cádiz is that of the town of Chipiona. And with their 72 meters of height, we talk about the lighthouse highest in Spain, the third highest in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. From the so-called Punta del Perro where it sits, the range of its beam reaches up to 30 nautical miles. The province of Cadiz has almost a dozen other lighthouses, all logically smaller, spread over the main coastal towns, and the rest we will highlight the Trafalgar Lighthouse, for the historical nature of the place and, obviously, for the beauty of the landscape.
Faro de Torrox, in Málaga
We pass the Strait of Gibraltar, we leave behind the Atlantic and the first Mediterranean province we find is Malaga. In the one baptized as Costa del Sol we highlight the Faro de Torrox, a nineteenth century lighthouse that was built on Roman remains and has finished, as well as a lighthouse, as a curious archaeological museum. Before we have the lighthouse of Estepona or the Calaburras Lighthouse, in the coastal area of Mijas, which were the first lighthouses in Spain that also served to control air traffic, in addition to the famous female lighthouse in Malaga, at the entrance to the port of the capital, and which is popularly known as The street lamp.
Lighthouse of Sacratif, in Granada
The Tropical Coast is the name by which most of the coast of Granada is known. At the southernmost tip of this coast, the Cabo Sacratif, is the lighthouse of the same name, within the municipality of Torrenueva. It is more than 150 years old, although the hill on which it rises has been a strategic point of vigilance since the Phoenicians arrived on the Peninsula. The beam of this lighthouse controls the coastline between Almería and the other important lighthouse in Granada, the lighthouse of Punta de la Mona, a lighthouse of 1992 taking advantage of an old coastal lookout tower of the 18th century.
Faro de Cabo de Gata, in Almería
The Almeria coast has numerous lighthouses in towns such as Adra, El Ejido or Roquetas de Mar, amen of Almeria capital, where is the lighthouse of San Telmo, built in the castle of the same name. Although, the most spectacular lighthouses are in Cabo de Gata. There we recommend, obviously, the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata, which is next to the viewpoint of Arrecife de las Sirenas. And towards the north, near Carboneras, the Roldán Mesa Lighthouse, a nineteenth century tower that sits on a plateau more than 200 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest lighthouse on the peninsula.
Photo 1 | Flickr – Tomás Fano
Photo 2 | Wikimedia Commons – Tuxyso
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