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Punta de Teno Lighthouse
 
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Punta de Teno Lighthouse - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama showing Punta de Teno Lighthouse in Tenerife. It is very windy on this point, often too windy to stand a tripod, so this panorama was taken by hand. The picture shows both the lighthouse and views along the Northern and Western coast of the island.

Punta de Teno Lighthouse - FURTHER INFORMATION

Punta de Teno Lighthouse - Tenerife visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Punta de Teno Lighthouse' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Canary Islands.

Punta de Teno Lighthouse stands on a rocky headland at the Northwestern point of Tenerife. The lighthouse shown here is the second to stand on this spot. It has become one of the tourist attractions on the north coast, the end point of a dramatic coastline drive from the town of Buenavista del Norte which hugs the cliffs en route.

The first lighthouse to stand here was built in 1897 and stood 8m tall. The current lighthouse was built in 1978 and stands 20m tall. It's light can be seen for 18 nautical miles on a clear night. It is one of seven lighthouses found on Tenerife, lying between the Punta Rasca lighthouse to the southeast, and the modern lighthouse of Buenavista to the northwest.

Visiting Punta de Teno Lighthouse

The lighthouse itself is closed to visitors most of the time, but the headland is still worth exploring and forms a regular part of any tour of the norther coast of Ternerife. It lies just over 9km from Buenavista del Norte. The road is windy, narrow with steep drops and one long, unlit tunnel. It is an arresting drive, which some considered dangerous. There are regular rock falls and the road is closed during the winter on on wet days. After winding along the coastline, the road drops down a long straight past a wind farm towards the lighthouse.

Those visiting will be met with an arid, lava landscape peppered with a variety of cacti, large waves and strong winds. There are a number of walks the help explore the area with access to the waterfront and a small, sheltered cove used by divers and local fishermen.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Road: Carretera del Faro de Punta de Teno (9km)
Bus: 369 bus from Buenavista del Norte



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