Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse & Viewpoint

Lighthouse and Viewing Point in Porto Moniz (Madeira)

Ponta Do Pargo Lighthouse
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Situated at the westernmost tip of Madeira Island, the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Viewpoint provides a sweeping vista of the Atlantic Ocean and the distinctive rock formations that define its surroundings. This exceptional location merits a thoughtful visit.

Found at Ponta da Vigia, the island’s farthest western cape, this viewpoint perches atop a 290-meter-high cliff, offering panoramic views of the coastal region adorned with striking cliffs and notable landmarks like Achadas da Cruz, a part of the Porto Moniz municipality.

True to its name, the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Viewpoint boasts a historic lighthouse as its centerpiece. This structure, which commands the cliff’s summit, commenced operations in June 1922. The lighthouse tower stands 14 meters tall, with its light positioned at an elevation of 312 meters.

Designated as a Heritage of Local Value by the Regional Government, this site also hosts a small museum adjacent to the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Viewpoint. Established in 2001, the museum showcases artifacts related to Madeira’s lighthouses, along with a collection of photographs and documents dedicated to this subject.

The Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse & Viewpoint appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Porto Moniz (Madeira)!

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Visiting Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse & Viewpoint

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