Punta de Anaga Lighthouse

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Punta de Anaga Lighthouse
Faro de Anaga (Tenerife).JPG
Punta de Anaga Lighthouse is located in Canary Islands
Punta de Anaga Lighthouse
Canary Islands
Location Anaga
Canary Islands
Coordinates 28°34′53″N 16°08′24″W / 28.581328°N 16.140019°W / 28.581328; -16.140019Coordinates: 28°34′53″N 16°08′24″W / 28.581328°N 16.140019°W / 28.581328; -16.140019
Year first constructed 1864
Construction stone tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / pattern unpainted tower, white lantern
Tower height 12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height 247 metres (810 ft)
Current lens original 1st order Barbier & Fenestre Fresnel lens
Light source solar power
Range 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2+4) W 30s.
Admiralty number D2820
NGA number 23852
ARLHS number CAI-001
Spain number ES-12630

The Punta de Anaga Lighthouse (Spanish: Faro Punta de Anaga) is an active lighthouse on the Canary island of Tenerife, in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Punta de Anaga is the most northerly point on the island, and is where the Anaga mountain range meets the sea.[1]

It was originally proposed to construct a second order lighthouse on the Savage Islands, which lie 165 km north of Tenerife. But the sovereignty of the islands was an issue, so a first order light was commissioned at Punta de Anaga instead.[2][3]


Completed in 1864, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Canaries; Punta de Jandía on Gran Canaria was also opened in the same year.[1][2]

Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lights, it consists of a white washed single storey house, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. A twelve metre high tower, with a twin gallery is attached to the seaward side of the house, facing the Atlantic Ocean.[1]

The lighthouse still retains its original Fresnel lens, which was supplied by Barbier and Fenestre of Paris. With a focal height of 247 metres (810 ft) above the sea, its light can be seen for 21 nautical miles.[1][4] The lighthouse is maintained by the port authority of the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife), and is registered under the international Admiralty number D2820 and has the NGA identifier of 113-23852.[1][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Spain: Canary Islands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "SC Tenerife – Punta Anaga". History of the Lighthouses. Puertos del Estado. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ (It was not until the 1970s that a light on the Savages was built by the Portuguese)
  4. ^ "12630 Punta Anaga". Specific Information. Puertos del Estado. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2014. p. 416.

External links

  • Comisión de faros
  • Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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