Ribeira Brava Lighthouse

Lighthouse in Ribeira Brava (Madeira)

Farol Da Ribeira Brava In Ribeira Brava, Madeira
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Madeira’s deep and unbreakable connection with the sea is evident in its history and daily life, particularly visible in its architectural heritage and enduring fishing traditions. The Ribeira Brava Lighthouse, located on the island’s west coast, stands as a symbol of this intimate bond with the Atlantic Ocean.

Positioned on the right bank of the town, just west of its harbor, the lighthouse is situated approximately 16 kilometers west of Madeira’s principal maritime entry point, the Port of Funchal. Perched atop a promontory, it rises 34 meters above sea level, offering a commanding view of the surrounding seascape.

The Ribeira Brava Lighthouse, constructed in the 1930s, boasts a distinctive square shape and is composed of two levels. Its lower level, which covers a larger area, is painted in a stark white, contrasting with the vibrant red of its upper level. The beacon, housed within the lighthouse, guides mariners navigating the nearby waters.

Access to the lighthouse is facilitated by a modern spiral metal staircase, allowing visitors and keepers alike to ascend to its light. This structure not only serves as a crucial navigational aid but also as a testament to Madeira’s longstanding maritime heritage.


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Visiting Ribeira Brava Lighthouse

Address: Ribeira Brava Lighthouse, Rua Comandante Camacho de Freitas, Ribeira Brava, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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