El Faro

16th  May 2015


Following the storm out to sea a couple of nights ago large waves were battering the beach at Puerto Soller. Some surfers were taking advantage of the conditions.

Needing a more relaxing afternoon, Jean and I decided to do a short stroll up to the lighthouse, El Faro.

Conditions were perfect as we strolled up the road keeping an eye out for any wild flowers.


Below us the waves were crashing in onto the rugged coastline.

04 Crashing waves

I spotted some thistle and some wild gladioli growing in crevices in the rock.

05 Thistle

06 Wild Gladioli


Soon we were at the top and close to the lighthouse. El Faro.

08 El Faro

A tower and small building was built by Soller Town Council in 1842 but it was never brought into service. It was handed over to the Ministry of Public works in 1852 and opened on the 20th February 1859 as a 4th order lighthouse. The lighthouse was built without advice from architects or engineers and was somewhat unusual for the time. It had been built without any service area for the lighthouse keepers who consequently had to carry out their watch in the lantern area. Initially the signal was a fixed white light fuelled by an olive oil burning lamp which was later replaced by a double wick Maris lamp. The lighthouse as converted to electricity in 1944 but in 1952 lightening destroyed the electricity cables and the reserve Aladdin lamp had to be used. In August 1963 the lighthouse began running on electricity again. In the 1970’s a sealed beam optic was installed which saw use until November 2008. The current light has an acrylic lens and 400w discharge lamps.

After a short walk along the cliff top we returned to the Refuge for a can of ice cold coke.

09 Relaxing

On our way back down we could enjoy the panoramic view over the bay of Puerto Soller.

002 Panorama Puerto Soller

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to El Faro

  1. Angela Calder says:

    Do you sell your photos, I am interested in the panoramic view over the bay of Puerto Soller

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    I’m pleased that you like my image of the panorama over the bay of Soller. I visit Mallorca each year to go walking and the view looking down from the lighthouse is one of my favourites.
    Do I sell my photos?. Well, you are the first person ever to ask. You have made my day.
    I could certainly do you a print. What size do you want and do you live in the UK.
    Let me know

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