Cabo Mayor Lighthouse

Lighthouse in Santander

Faro De Cabo Mayor
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Tiia Monto

The Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor presides over the entrance to the Bay of Santander and has done so since 1839. In 2001 the lighthouse became completely automated and parts of the tower and the attached buildings were converted to be used as an arts center.

Located in the most north-easterly point of the city, surrounding the lighthouse are the Parque de Mataleñas and Forestral Park which include the Cabo Mayor and Cabo Menor headlands. The area has a tree-top adventure park with zip lines, rope bridges and elevated walkways to get around.

After parking at the lighthouse you can pick up the grassy cliff-top trail, with photogenic scenery in ever direction, like the golden cove at Playa de Mataleñas or across to the hills on the east side of the Bay of Santander.


The Cabo Mayor Lighthouse appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Santander!

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Visiting Cabo Mayor Lighthouse

Address: Faro de Cabo Mayor Avenida del Faro Pintor Eduardo Sanz, s/n 39012 Santander Cantabria Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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