Faro de El Tostón, Fuerteventura

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The Tostón Lighthouse or El Cotillo Lighthouse is an active lighthouse on the Canary island of Fuerteventura. The lighthouse is situated on the north-western coast of the island near to the village of El Cotillo, in the municipality of La Oliva. In conjunction with the lights at Pechiguera and Punta Martiño, it marks the narrow La Bocayna strait that separates Fuerteventura from the adjacent island of Lanzarote.HistoryThe current lighthouse is the third in a succession of lights that have operated at the site on the promontory of Punta Tostón, which is also known as the Punta de la Ballena .The original lighthouse was opened in 1897, and consisted of a 7m high plain masonry tower on one corner of the single storey keeper’s house. In the 1950s a new 15 metre concrete tower was constructed, which was also superseded by a taller tower in the 1980s. This distinctive 30m concrete tower, which is white with red bands, has a focal height of 35m above the sea. Its light can be seen for 14 nautical miles, and consists of a flash of white light every eight seconds.The original keeper's house has been renovated and reused as a museum with a small café. Visitors to the museum which contains an exhibition describing the traditional fishing of the island, can also climb to the top of the 1950s concrete tower.A short c. 1 km self-guided walking trail circles the lighthouse. Multilingual signs describe the geology, shellfish and wildlife found on the headland. Most notable is the description of the Aljibe, a water collection system, next to the road leading to the lighthouse, which was used to provide drinking water for the keepers and their families.
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  • A nice place to visit on the island, has a museo(aunque no pudimos entrar por qué lleguemos tarde), but everything and that use to take pictures do place which is very nice.
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  • Here you can see one of the best sunsets in Fuerteventura. I had read it on the internet and I went on purpose at the time of the sunset... and it was wonderful! It is located in the Northwest corner of the island, 10 minutes drive from Cotillo. There is a car park, a Museum and a lighthouse. For lovers of photography, this is your site. The panoramic view from the lighthouse + the abrupt and steep terrain of the rocks coming into contact with the sea, delight of photographers. I recommend going in the evening. * parking is at the lighthouse *
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  • The lighthouse I discovered by chance and I found "my site". Quiet, ideal for think, walk...
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  • Lovely surrounds. Lighthouse itself isn't that high so son't expect great views. that said worth a visit mainly for the landscape and beaches.
  • It was ok inside with a small but informative museum and access to the smaller lighthouse only. The metal stairs at the top seemed very dangerous and we actually saw evidence that they had been closed off before with red & white tape but for now it's open. The views are breathtaking and worth the climb but mind your head and the metal steps.
  • Great watchtower and a beautiful landscape.
  • Beautiful waves, especially in the morning.
  • Very beautiful!

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