The Lighthouse

February 15, 2024

saint mary's lighthouse

St. Mary's Lighthouse.

This is the St. Mary's Lighthouse in Ilha do Farol (also known as Ilha da Culatra).

The cool thing about lighthouses in Portugal is that they can be visited. Some of them at least, but only on wednesdays, if you manage to find the lighthouse keeper (and I wouldn't blame him if he was hiding) and convince him to climb the equivalent of 15 flights of stairs more than the usual two times he has to climb every single day to draw and withdraw the lighthouse's curtains.

the lighthouse winding staircase

The winding staircase climbing 45 meters.

saint mary's lighthouse

The view from one of the south facing windows.

saint mary's lighthouse

The view from the top.