Lighthouses open to the public

Algarve’s six lighthouses are open to the public for free guided tours once a week, the Portuguese Navy has announced.

The lighthouses in Cape St Vincent (Sagres/built in 1846), Ponta da Piedade (Lagos/1913), Alfanzina (Lagoa/1920), Ponta do Altar (Lagoa/1893), Santa Maria (Faro/1851) and Vila Real de Santo António (1923) are open to the public each Wednesday, from 2pm to 5pm.

The lighthouse keeper provides the free guided tours, explaining the history of the structure and how the machinery works.

Commandant Marques Ferreira for the South Maritime Area said: “The initiative, which started on November 16, will last for one year, after which we will decide whether to continue it.”

Up until now, those interested in visiting the lighthouses had to place a request with the maritime authority.