Portugal by Sea


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Portugal by Sea

In a country with “arms open” to the sea, and with a vast shipping history, it is and has always been essential having this identifier element that allows us to return home. The Portuguese coast fulfils its role since the sixteenth century, with about 50 lighthouses spread over the Portuguese mainland and islands.

Description

The Complete route of the National Lighthouses has about 50 lighthouses that are distributed from north to south, and even in the Islands. In a country whose coast has historically played such an important role, it was always essential to have something that would help to orient and guide the navigators. So we invite you to learn more about many of these places.

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The Complete route of the National Lighthouses has about 50 lighthouses that are distributed from north to south, and even in the Islands. In a country whose coast has historically played such an important role, it was always essential to have something that would help to orient and guide the navigators. So we invite you to learn more about many of these places.

Itinerary / Points of interest

Lighthouses Head Office

It is the main management body of lighthouses and navigation aid in Portugal. It accounts for 50 headlights, 338 lights, 148 floats, 26 beacons, 35 beeps, 56 harbours and 4 stations DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System), spread across the continent and the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. It was created in 1924 in Paço de Arcos, Oeiras and has facilities with several purposes, from workshops and technical centres to lighthouse keepers training to museum spaces and cultural events.

Montedor Lighthouse

It is in the village of Carreço, Viana do Castelo, where the further north lighthouse of Portugal is located. It is located about 4 nautical miles north of the mouth of the Lima River and 7 miles south of the mouth of the Minho River, and has a bright range of about 41 kilometres. It began operating in 1910 and has a square tower in granite stone 28 meters tall and a red lantern and balcony, flanked by an annex building in a 'U' shape.

Leça Lighthouse

Situated in Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Leça Lighthouse, or Boa Nova, is the second largest lighthouse in the country, 46 meters high - And it has a white conical tower in concrete with black narrow strips and many outbuildings with a small museum. The lantern and balcony are red, and its light signal reaches about 52 kilometres. It was built in 1926 between the mouths of the rivers Ave and Douro, near the Port of Leixões.

Aveiro Lighthouse

The largest lighthouse in Portugal and the second largest in the Iberian Peninsula, Aveiro Lighthouse (or Barra) is located in Praia da Barra, in Gafanha da Nazaré. With a luminous range of about 43 kilometres, it consists of a cone-shaped tower with white and red stripes and several outbuildings. It was built in the late nineteenth century.

Cabo Espichel Lighthouse

It is in Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra. This lighthouse is 32 meters high. Since its opening in 1430 and the construction of its present tower in 1790, over the years, this lighthouse innovated in terms of lighting. It has a bright range of 48 kilometres.

Bugio Lighthouse

It is in the Fort of São Lourenço do Bugio in Oeiras. This lighthouse has a white circular tower made out of stone, it is 14 meters tall and it has got a red lantern and balcony, with a brightness of about 28 kilometres. Its construction in the river Tejo, on a sandbank formed by the silting up of the river mouth, gives it unique characteristics in Portugal and worldwide. After nearly a century of planning and works, it finally opened in 1657.

Forte do Cavalo Lighthouse

All painted red, the lighthouse is located on the wall of São Teodósio da Ponta do Cavalo Fort in Sesimbra. It has a cylindrical tower seven meters high built in 1895, as well as the accommodation of the lighthouse keepers who worked there. Its white light has a range of about 26 kilometres.

Cabo de Sines Lighthouse

With a white cylindrical tower 22 meters high and two annex buildings, the lighthouse of Cabo de Sines, Alentejo, has a luminous range of 48 kilometres. It opened in 1880.

Cabo Sardão Lighthouse

Proposed in 1883, and of difficult access, only came into operation for the first time in 1915. The lighthouse is located at Ponta do Cavaleiro in Cabo Sardão, in São Teotónio, Beja. It has a white square tower 17 meters high in masonry. It has an annex building and a red cylindrical flashlight with light that reaches 43 kilometres.

Vila Real de Santo António Lighthouse

Late construction because it was difficult to have consensus on the actual conditions of the sandy soil where it was installed, The Vila Real de Santo António Lighthouse in the Algarve, only became operational in 1923. Its circular tower, with annex buildings, is 46 meters high and it has a light that reaches 48 kilometres.

Alfanzina Lighthouse

The white square tower 23 meters high and the masonry Alfanzina Lighthouse in Praia do Carvoeiro, in Lagoa, has a red cylindrical flashlight on its top. The Alfanzina Lighthouse, at Praia do Carvoeiro, in Lagoa, was planned and built in 1913. It has an annex building and a lighting capacity of up to 54 kilometres.

Ponta do Altar Lighthouse

On the promontory of Ponta do Altar in Lagos, there is a lighthouse with a white square tower 10 meters high built in an annex building, with corners in apparent granite and a red lantern. Built in 1893, the lighthouse has a light that reaches 30 kilometres.

Cabo de São Vicente Lighthouse

With a cylindrical tower 28 meters high made in stone, and annex building, the lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente in Sagres, has a powerful luminous range of 59 kilometres. It first came into operation in 1846.

Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse

Yellow square tower - five meters high and with masonry - and red lantern, the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse in Lagos, was opened in 1913. It has an outbuilding and a bright range of 37 kilometres.

Cabo Mondego Lighthouse

It is in Buarcos, Figueira da Foz, that the lighthouse of Cabo Mondego is located. With a white square tower, in masonry, 15 meters high and a French balcony and a red dome, it has an annex building and a luminous range of 52 kilometres. It was opened in 1858.

Penedo da Saudade Lighthouse

The stone quadrangular tower of Penedo da Saudade lighthouse, built in 1912, in Leiria, is 32 meters high and it has a red light. Next to it there is an annex building coated in russet brown tiles. It has a bright range of about 56 kilometres.

Cabo Carvoeiro Lighthouse

Ex-libris of Cape Carvoeiro in Peniche, its lighthouse has a square tower of white bricks with a red lantern and a balcony of 27 meters high. It is one of the oldest lighthouses of the Portuguese coast, built in 1790 and with a current luminous range of 28 kilometres.

Berlenga Lighthouse

In Peniche, the Berlenga Lighthouse (or Duke de Bragança Lighthouse) has a quadrangular tower 29 meters high made in white masonry, with outbuildings. The lantern and the red balcony have a bright potential of 50 kilometres. It was completed in 1841 and currently it has museum pieces in the Lighthouses Head Office.

Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

The most western lighthouse of Europe, located in Colares parish, in Sintra, Cabo da Roca Lighthouse is a square tower of masonry and 22 meters high, lined with white tiles, with outbuildings, a flashlight and a red balcony. It was built in 1772 and it has a brightness of about 48 kilometres.

Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse

The lighthouse of Cabo Santa Maria on the island of Culatra, in Faro, has a cone-shaped white tower 46 meters high with exterior skeleton of concrete and a red light and balcony.. It opened in 1851 and it has a luminous range of 46 kilometres.

Ponta da Ferraria Lighthouse

Located on the island of São Miguel, Azores, the Ponta da Ferraria Lighthouse has a white prismatic tower 18 meters high and an annex building. It was established in 1901 and has a bright range of 50 miles.

Ponta do Arnel Lighthouse

In the northeast of the island of São Miguel in the Azores, the Ponta do Arnel Lighthouse has a white prismatic tower 15 meters tall and a red glass dome, with an annex building. It began operating in 1876 and has a current luminous range of about 46 kilometres.

Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse

Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse is located on the edge of the Castle, in the parish of Espírito Santo, in the island of Santa Maria in the Azores. It opened in 1927 with a square tower 14 meters high mad out of stone. Its red flashlight achieves a brightness of 54 kilometres.

Ponta das Contendas Lighthouse

The Ponta das Contendas Lighthouse is located in Terceira Island, in the Azores, and consists of a white prismatic tower about 13 meters high with a red dome. It opened in 1934, with an annex building, and it has a bright range of about 43 kilometres.

Ponta da Barca Lighthouse

In the northwest on Graciosa Island stands the cylindrical tower of Ponta da Barca Lighthouse, 23 meters tall and white with gray stripes. It opened in 1930, with an annex building, and has a light that reaches 37 kilometres.

Ponta da Ilha Lighthouse

With a 19-meter high white prismatic tower, with a red lantern on the top, the lighthouse Ponta da Ilha, in Lajes do Pico in the Azores, has an annex building in a 'U' shape. It was opened in 1851.

Ponta do Albernaz Lighthouse

The Ponta do Albernaz Lighthouse in Santa Cruz das Flores, is the westernmost lighthouse in the archipelago of the Azores and Europe itself. It has a cylindrical tower in masonry, painted white, 15 meters high, a red lantern and outbuildings. Built in 1925, it has a luminous range of 41 kilometres.

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse

The Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse was built in Madeira in 1922 and has a tower 14 meters high. It is located in the westernmost region of the archipelago.