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Lighthouses in Gran Canaria

23 Jun 2023

Shining a light on the fascinating history and beauty of lighthouses in Gran Canaria.

The island of Gran Canaria has a long and rich maritime tradition, and lighthouses have been a fundamental part of this history. Along the coastline of the island are several lighthouses built in different eras, each with its own history, breathtaking views to behold and unique features. 

This beautiful island, surrounded by the turquoise blue of the Atlantic Ocean, has a wealth of lighthouses that have been built to guide and protect the ships that sailed along its shores. Join us on this journey through the lighthouses of Gran Canaria, where we’ll examine their history, architecture, and the landscapes they hide.

Get ready for a maritime adventure full of surprises!

The emblematic light of Gran Canaria

Are you ready to discover the best lighthouses of Gran Canaria? Join us on this fascinating journey, on which you’ll discover authentic architectural gems.

1. Taliarte Lighthouse

The Taliarte Lighthouse is located in the municipality of Telde. It was built in 1992 and is located on the Taliarte point, in an area of cliffs. It’s located in a strategic place for navigation, as it’s close to the maritime route that links the Canary Islands with the African continent.

The lighthouse has a 17-metre-high cylindrical tower, which sits atop a house attached to the base of the tower. The tower is painted white with a red band at the top.

The Taliarte Lighthouse is one of the most modern lighthouses on the island and is one of the most important for navigation on the east coast of Gran Canaria. Although it isn’t open to the public, you can enjoy the stunning views of the coastline from around the lighthouse.

2. Arinaga Lighthouse

The Arinaga Lighthouse, located in the town of Playa de Arinaga in the municipality of Agüimes, on the east coast of Gran Canaria. It was built in 1895 and helps navigation in the Atlantic and at the entrance to Arinaga Bay.

The lighthouse has a 10-metre-high tower and is painted in white and red horizontal stripes. From the tower, the light signal has a range of 18 nautical miles.

It’s also one of the oldest and most emblematic on the island of Gran Canaria. It’s also open to the public and offers spectacular views of the coast. It’s definitely a place worth visiting if you plan to tour the lighthouses of Gran Canaria.

3. Maspalomas Lighthouse

One of the most emblematic lighthouses of Gran Canaria, it’s located on the southern tip of the island, between the dunes of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.

 It was built in 1890 and is known for its imposing tower and its location in the middle of a spectacular natural landscape. Nowadays, it’s one of the most modern lighthouses, as it has undergone several technological renovations.

The structure of the Maspalomas Lighthouse is impressive: it’s an octagonal tower 56 metres high, which rises above a two-storey building. It’s surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, with gardens and palm trees that make it look like an oasis in the middle of the desert. 

It also has a large plaza where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the sea and the coastline of southern Gran Canaria.

4. Sardina Lighthouse

The Sardina Lighthouse, located in the municipality of Gáldar in the north of Gran Canaria, is a jewel of maritime engineering. It was built in 1891 and is one of the most powerful and far-reaching lighthouses in the Canary Islands.

This 25-metre high lighthouse stands on a large rock and its cylindrical white tower is crowned by the lantern and the red dome. From the tower, the light signal has a range of 28 nautical miles, making it an important aid to navigation in the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the sea and the northwest coast of the island. In addition, in the area surrounding the lighthouse, there are several beaches and coves with crystal-clear waters ideal for bathing, sunbathing and enjoying nature.

In short, the lighthouses of Gran Canaria are great tourist attractions on the island, places of great beauty that are worth visiting if you want to learn more about the history and architecture of the Canarian lighthouses.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria

In the hotels Suites & Villas by Dunas, Don Gregory by Dunas, Maspalomas Resort by Dunas or in the Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas you can find a variety of accommodation proposals, from hotels, bungalows to villas, where you can stay to rest and enjoy all the comforts.


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