Faro de Chipiona, Chipiona

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Chipiona Lighthouse, also known as Punta del Perro Light is an active 19th century lighthouse in Chipiona, in the province of Cádiz, Spain. At a height of it is the seventeenth tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world, as well as the tallest in Spain. It is located on Punta del Perro, a projection of land into the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Chipiona, about southwest of the Guadalquivir entrance, and serves as the landfall light for Seville.HistoryA previous lighthouse was present at the same site from the Roman period, and this former lighthouse gave Chipiona its name. This superb lighthouse was, according to Strabo comparable with the mythical Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was ordered to be built in 140BC by the Roman proconsul Quintus Servilius Caepio in an attempt to finally overcome the problems of the Salmedina reef at the mouth of the then river Betis, now the Guadalquivir. Its Latin name Turris caepionis (Caepio's Tower), is traditionally held to be the origin of the name Chipiona.The project to build a modern lighthouse on the site was first developed in 1862 by Jaime Font, a Catalan engineer. He placed the first stone on 30 April 1863 and it was lit for the first time in 1867. Since that time it has remained off permanently on 2 occasions. The first when it was switched off was in 1898, during the war against the United States of America over the independence of Cuba, all the lighthouses around Cadiz were turned off because an invasion was feared. The second time was in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War when it remained off for 3 years.
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  • We first visited Faro, twenty years ago, when we could still climb it. It is so impressive, even better in your own boat sailing past it  more »
  • You can visit and climb to the top of it. The visit is organized groups of 15 people and 319 steps of the spiral staircase climb making two stops. By what is not very tough. The guide goes to the head of the Group and other companion at the end of the same if a problem arose. The reservation for the visit is made in advance at the tourist office in Chipiona (we did it over the phone). Once up is will leaving abroad from 7 to 8 people at a time for excellent views of the mouth of the Guadalquivir, Chipiona.
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  • How work at sea I love to stroll through the areas of the coastline (docks, promenades, beaches, lighthouses) love to breathe the breeze marina
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  • A wonderful Lighthouse made with special local rocks that has a beautiful view of the bay and the city. There's an extra benefit, climbing the 322 steps helps getting fit ;-) ... Not to be missed.
  • I love just hanging out near this lighthouse. The area is gorgeous and lively. You can get amazing photos of this lighthouse pretty much anytime of the day. There are certain hours the lighthouse is open to the public and you can climb to the top. Nothing special but a beautiful view.
  • Recommend going here!
  • Impressive display of maritime architecture, stone from the bottom of the sea and unsurpassed height in Spain. Arranged, up to optics visits are. Impressive!
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  • It is gorgeous, beautiful views, the guide is great because they teach you things of the old town and the river and sanlucar and learn things buried than ever imaginary is great.
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