Exhibition celebrates 100 years of Alfanzina lighthouse

Exhibition celebrates 100 years of Alfanzina lighthouse

An exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Carvoeiro’s Alfanzina lighthouse will be inaugurated on Wednesday, September 7 at 6.30pm at the Cultural Centre of São José Convent in Lagoa.

Visitors will be able to learn more about the long history of the iconic lighthouse and see some important documentation and tools used throughout its 100 years of service.

The exhibition will be free to visit and run until December 5 at the Manuel Gamboa temporary exhibition room from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm between Tuesday and Saturday.

‘Farol de Alfanzina’ (as it is known in Portuguese) was officially inaugurated on December 1, 1920. Since then, it has provided vital assistance to vessels along the Algarve coast.

The lighthouse tower is white and is topped by a red cylindrical tower. It also features an annex building built in 1952 to provide accommodation to the lighthouse keeper.

Once a difficult place to access (the first road to it was built in 1952 and it was only linked to the EDP electricity network in 1982), the lighthouse has grown to become an iconic landmark of Lagoa.