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.
I spotted some thistle and some wild gladioli growing in crevices in the rock.
Soon we were at the top and close to the lighthouse. 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.
On our way back down we could enjoy the panoramic view over the bay of Puerto Soller.