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Name: Cabo Mayor Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Santander, , Spain

Location: Parque de Cabo Mayor, west entrance to Port of Santander, Cantabrian Sea.

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Photo: José Manuel

Managing Organization:
Autoridad Portuaria de Santander


At the end of August every year, the festivities of the Romería Montañesa del Faro (Pilgrimage to the Lighthouse) are celebrated around this lighthouse. Prisoners were thrown from the cliffs here to their deaths during the Spanish Civil War, and there is a monument commemorating this near the lighthouse.

Tower Height: 98

Height of Focal Plane: 291

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 10 seconds, range 21 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Round stone tower, lower part octagonal; built on keeper's dwelling; lantern roof painted green.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1839

Date Present Tower Built: 1839

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The lighthouse is located in the Parque de Cabo Mayor on the Avenida del Faro in Santander. The grounds around the lighthouse are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The lighthouse is open only by prior arrangement.

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