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Chasing the lighthouses of Tenerife

Punta de Teno lighthouse

It’s funny how we started the lighthouses chase: we saw one, we fell in love and therefore we decided to see as many as we could. It became a plan just like that.

Old school, I know, but I find them so romantic. I always look at them with a sense of wonder. There are quite a few interesting lighthouses still flashing nightly around the coast of Tenerife. Some are easy to reach, others take a bit of a trek, but all are beautiful. 

Punta de Teno Lighthouse

It all started with this one. We planned this one but it was an adventure to get to it. We planned to see it during the day, but you know how plans don’t go as planned? The road was closed. So, we decided to give it another try in another day, during the sunset, because, well… that’s when the road was opened.

I had no idea that there are two lighthouses at Punta de Teno, but one is harder to spot- the older one built in the late 18th century. The new one has a 20 m (66 ft) high and the focal height is 60 m (196 ft).

Stuck out into the sea on Tenerife’s most westerly point the lighthouses this is the spot where you can enjoy the most scenic spot for a lighthouse on Tenerife. Unfortunately, it was already closed when we got there, but it was still totally worth it.

The Bajamar Lighthouse

This lighthouse is hidden between the small harbour and the sea pools at Bajamar. Usually, some huge waves add a spectacular backdrop in the shots taken here.

Bajamar Lighthouse, Tenerife

We got here pretty late and didn’t manage to take decent shots. It has no light and it’s not functional anymore. 

Punta de Anaga

Punta de Anaga is the most northerly point on the island and is where the Anaga mountain range meets the sea. Completed in 1864, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Canaries.  

Unless you’ve got access to a boat, the only way you’re going to set eyes upon the lighthouse on the remote eastern tip of Anaga is to walk for three hours from where the road ends at Chamorga. We skipped this one. Hope to get to see it next time.

Punta Abona

This lighthouse is active and it’s located on the south-eastern coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It is located between Abades and Poris de Abona.

Punta Rasca

The current lighthouse was the second to be constructed on the headland of Punta Rasca, which is located close to the most southerly point on the island at Punta Salemas.

Buenavista Lighthouse

The Buenavista lighthouse, also known as the Punta de Buenavista lighthouse is an active lighthouse.

Buenavista Lighthouse

This modern lighthouse, which has been described as being shaped like a corkscrew. It is one of the seven main lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife. The lighthouse was completed in 1990, as part of the maritime lighting plan that was drawn up in the 1980s.

Puerto de la Cruz lighthouse

This modern lighthouse is situated within a seafront car park, to the west of the small port in the town. It is one of seven lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife and it’s active. The lighthouse was completed in 1995.

It consists of a 27 metres (89 ft) high metal framework tower of dark coloured steel, enclosing a central core with exposed flights of steps which lead to the top of the tower, from where the light is shown.

Punta del Hidalgo lighthouse

The Punta del Hidalgo lighthouse is an active, modern lighthouse with a unique angular design. It consists of unequal and irregular columns of increasing height rising from a triangular base. The lower columns culminate in a final square pillar which faces the sea and supports a light on a small post.

Punta del Hidalgo

 The materials used in its construction were brought in specially, including the white gravel, and coloured concrete used to produce the white finish. This  50-metre-high lighthouse is built of reinforced concrete. Almost Art Deco in style, it is an unusual eye-catcher that enhances rather than detracts from the raw beauty of its surroundings.

La Farola del Mar, Santa Cruz

The Farola del Mar is a proper old school lighthouse. The current Farola del Mar which sits near the Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas ferries is a replica of a French lighthouse which lit up the port for almost 100 years from 1863.

Even tho’ we didn’t manage to see them all, I added them to the list because I think there’s always a reason to visit a place twice. This will be one of my reasons to go back to Tenerife.

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