Lighthouse in Chipiona
Chipiona Lighthouse was built in 1867 and is an located in Chipiona, in the province of Cádiz, Spain. At a height of 205 feet the lighthouse is the largest “traditional lighthouse” in Spain, the 3rd in Europe and the 5th in the world. it was built by by the civil engineer Jaime Font Escolá
There was a previous lighthouse was at the same site from the Roman period, and this was where Chipiona got its name. according to Strabo, a Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian from the Roman period, it was comparable with the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Roman proconsul Quintus Servilius Caepio, ordered it to be built in 140BC by in order to aid shipping to navigate around the Salmedina reef which is situated in the at the mouth of the river Betis, which is now the Guadalquivir.
There are organised tours, available 5 days a week in summer, which show the interior of the lighthouse and take you up the 344 steps to the balcony below the lantern room. Entry is arranged via the Tourist office at the Chipiona Castle.
Other names of Chipiona Lighthouse
The Chipiona Lighthouse has the following names: Faro de Chipiona, Punta del Perro Light.
Visiting Chipiona Lighthouse