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The Lighthouse of Punta Doncella Estepona

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The Lighthouse of Punta Doncella Estepona

The Punta Doncella Lighthouse is located in the town of Estepona, next to the Port.

The lighthouse of Punta Doncella along with Punta Almina in Ceuta issue the two luminous signals that help boats pass through the Straight of Gibraltar. The first lighthouse which stood at Punta Doncella was planned in 1861. It was a circular tower designed by ingenier Antonio Molina with a height of 8,5 meters which joined to the natural height of land, finally placed it at 18 meters above sea level.

In order to make it visible, the old tower was replaced in 1922 by the current of 20 meters in height and 31 meters above sea level, with an octogonal stone floor. The instalations housing the assistance devices as well as the accommodation, have been occupied over the years by successive keepers together with their families, who have made sure that navigators arrive safely to their destinations.

A dominant position is required to place a lighthouse so it can be seen above the horizon. This lighthouse stands on a very particular and different geological formation called “Jurassic Limestone of Estepona Lighthouse”. Its corrugated layers and its differentiation from the rocks nearby make these pleated grey limestones a formation of great geomorphologic interest and of complex interpretation, which without doubt are the reason why Punta Doncella was the chosen place to build a lighthouse.

The Lighthouse of Punta Doncella Estepona

Punta Doncella Lighthouse


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