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Estaca de Bares, Manon

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Punta de Estaca de Bares is the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, at a latitude of 43° 47′ 38″ North. It is located in Galicia. Conventionally, it marks the western end of the Cantabrian Sea, or Bay of Biscay, in the North Atlantic ocean.The peninsula of Estaca de Bares penetrates considerably into the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea, and as a result it is one of the rainiest places in Europe, with more than 2500 mm a year (a Temperate rain forest. These special weather conditions have created over the centuries a unique ecosystem and biodiversity which have made it possible for this area to be declared an Area of National Natural Interest.The history of Estaca de Bares Point is very rich. The ruins of the Phoenician Salt Fish Factory and the Phoenician Port are open to visitors. There is a lighthouse that was constructed in 1850 and still works to this day, under the administration of the Captain of the Port of Ferrol, Spain. There is also a bird sanctuary, ruins of molinas (grain mills) and abandoned military bases located here.There is currently an abandoned military site there. It was first operated by the US Coast Guard beginning in the early 1960s as a LORAN (Long Range Aid to Navigation) Station. The station at Estaca de Bares operated jointly with stations operated by the British Government in East Blockhouse, Wales and, until 1973, the French Government in Pospoder, France. In 1978, after the Coast Guard ended the LORAN operations, the US Air Force assumed control of the base. The US Air Force 2186 Communications Squadron, headquartered at Torrejon Air Base near Madrid, operated the site as a remote Radio Relay Link (RRL)(Spain)US Air Force]]
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  • It's worth taking a detour to get to this point. Quite accessible until the lighthouse from where you can get a nice view. Getting to the edge it's a little more difficult, because of the narrow path ...  more »
  • Take a trip to this most northern point of Spain. Nice cliffs. Walk to the lighthouse in this special surroundings. Free parking. No service availeble.  more »
  • A good place to visit as part of a day out to this part of the coast. Park in the car park at the gate to the lighthouse, then walk up past the lighthouse itself and then on down a narrow and slightly...  more »
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  • Great place to unwind and to observe marine life. Beautiful
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  • It is the northern end of the Iberian peninsula. Where meet Atlantic and Bay of Biscay. Just get here is worth the visit.
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  • Point to the North of the Iberian Peninsula. Spectacular views of the Galician coast.
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  • Ria Barqueiro must put an end to a break by A Navy but not without before take a last look at the landscape that has its culmination in the Estaca de Bares, the end of the world where the silence and the sea merge into an impetuous hug.
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  • The place to the North of Spain. You have to be careful with the strong gusts of wind and its large cliff.
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