Cabo de Gracia Watchtower
Cabo de Gracia Watchtower – Tarifa
The Cabo de Gracia Watchtower or Torre Vieja is located in the Cabo de Gracia, in the Andalusian municpality of Tarifa, province of Cádiz. The Tower of Cabo de Gracia is easily accessed starting from Zahara de los Atunes, passing through Atlanterra, leaving us on the right the Bunker of the Germans and the Cabo de la Plata Watchtower, a few minutes later we can park and walk up to the tower.
The Cabo de Gracia Watchtower or Faro Camarinal is located 50 meters from the sea level. This watchtower was built more than five hundred years a go for defensive purposes based on the transmission of visual or acoustic signals from one neigboring tower to another. Already then it was used to warn of the advance of the Turkish-Berber pirates that for those times ravaged our coasts.
The tower stands on a paw that regulates its base. It ha a cylindrical shape with wire and access to it through a window and a vaulted room. Climb up a spiral staircase that leaves the wall to the right of the hall. This stairway leads to a sentry box of strange invoice.
It is built in sillarejo an preserves the corbels of its machicolation. Its profile is altered by the installation of the headlight lantern and a modern free spiral staircase.
This tower beacon has been reformed for its reuse as a lighthouse. The lighthouse features a drum optic and an electric lighting system that give a group characteristic of 2 white light occultations with a range of 13 miles.