Costa Brava lighthouses: the best views of the Mediterranean
Visiting the Costa Brava from its lighthouses can become one of the best ways to discover extraordinary viewpoints from where to enjoy the Mediterranean sea breeze! In the past, lighthouses played a key role in guiding sailors, but nowadays new technologies have emerged and have left their function in the background. That is why many of them have become museums, viewpoints and departure or arrival points for excursions and routes along the Costa Brava and a good opportunity to discover a new perspective.Today we show you the lighthouses of the Costa Brava from where you can enjoy unbeatable views of the coast and fill yourself with the energy of the sea.
1. Cala Nans Lighthouse, Cadaqués
The Cala Nans Lighthouse in Cadaqués can be reached by a simple and pleasant excursion of about 6 kilometers (round trip, suitable for young and old alike). It starts at he Rocamar hotel, where it is easy to park. Passing through its pristine and rocky landscape we discover wild places and pass by the beach of Sa Sabolla. An ideal route for the whole family.
2. Punta de s'Arenella lighthouse, Port de la Selva
On the road that connects the villages of Llançà and Port de la Selva we find the Punta de s'Arenella lighthouse, built in 1913, rises 22 meters above sea level and is the first lighthouse on the Costa Brava looking from North to South. Its construction was highly necessary at this point dominated by northerly, easterly and mistral winds. It can be reached from the Camino de Ronda leaving Cap de Vol or directly through the car park a few meters from the lighthouse. It all depends on how eager you are to walk. You can take the opportunity to cool off in one of the many wild coves you will find nearby, but bring shoes as you will find pebbles.
3. Tossa Lighthouse, Tossa de Mar
If you visit Tossa de Mar you can't miss its lighthouse. Behind the area of the imposing medieval Castle, the Lighthouse of Tossa is a must and a unique way to enjoy a panoramic view of the town while having a drink in the bar at its feet. If you don't have much time or strength or the climb is tiring, you can take the small tourist train that goes up to the top of the castle and the lighthouse.
4. Sant Sebastà lighthouse, Llafranc
From the lighthouse of Sant Sebastià, in Llafranc, the views are breathtaking. Built in 1857 on the mountain of San Sebastián, this lighthouse borders the villages of Llafranc and Tamariu and is considered to be the most important in the Gulf of León and one of the most far-reaching in the whole Mediterranean Sea. Next to the lighthouse you will find a hotel-restaurant where you can taste very good fresh fish from the area.
5. Meda Lighthouse, Medes Islands
At the top of the Meda Gran de l'Estartit, the Meda lighthouse rises 86 meters above sea level. Surrounded by seagulls and native bird species, it makes this lighthouse a unique place in the heart of the Medes Islands. The lighthouse was inaugurated in 1868 and due to its complicated location there was no lighthouse keeper living there on a regular basis.
6. Cap de Creus lighthouse, Cadaqués
This lighthouse, located south of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, has the particularity of being the oldest lighthouse in Catalonia. It is one of the key places in the Natural Park and one of the starting points for many excursions in the area. From the lighthouse, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the whole area and going down some small stairs you can access two wild coves: Cala Jugadora and Cala Fredosa. Next to the lighthouse there is a restaurant with outdoor tables from where you can also enjoy the views. The sunrises from this point are spectacular.
7. Lighthouse of Roses, Roses
Located at the tip of the Poncella de Roses, built in 1864, in neoclassical style and very close to the old castle of La Trinitat and Puig Rom, the Lighthouse of Roses is one of the landmarks in the area. If you want to start the Ronda path in the direction of Cala Montjoi.
If you are looking for a different way to visit the Costa Brava take a route through its lighthouses and enjoy the best views!
Cover photo: David Marfil. @davidmarfilraurell