Saturday, August 01, 2009

Faro de Maspalomas

On the southern most tip of Gran Canaria you find the third tallest lighthouse in Spain, the impressive Faro de Maspalomas. It is located on Europe's southern most tip (27°44'6.20" N and 15°35'56.20" E) and has guarded ships for 120 years.

Faro de Maspalomas is located on the southern most tip of Gran Canaria. The work to construct a lighthouse here started 1886 under Juan de León y Castillo and it was finished in 1890. Since then the 56 meter high has guarded ships travelling along the island's atlantic coast line.

In 1890 it was probably one of a few buildings here. Today it is located in the middle of a premier holiday destination. It is an impressive building, easily seen from many locations in Playa del Ingles. It is in fact the third tallest lighthouse in Spain. 2005 the old faro was declared as a "historical monument".

Visitors may climb up to the lamp of the lighthouse is worth all the effort, for the fantastic views of the sea and nearby Playa del Ingles.

Gran Canaria from A-Z

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