Santa Pola Lighthouse

Santa Pola Lighthouse is a pleasant historical building to visit that has been guiding ships since 1858. Built upon an old 16th century watchtower, the lighthouse stands 152 metres above sea level. Its location on the Cape of Santa Pola is a popular area for hikers and mountain biking. Back in its heyday it was an important reference for naval ships that used to anchor in Santa Pola Bay. With its spotlight beam reaching 16 miles it has also provided safe guidance for the town's large fishing fleet. A sky walk has been built near the lighthouse offering spectacular sea views.

Santa Pola Lighthouse
Source: Flickr / Colin Haycock

Santa Pola Lighthouse Directions

With the wonderful surrounding nature, Santa Pola Lighthouse is best visited on foot when you can really appreciate the countryside. If you don't fancy the rather lengthy walk then it's possible to visit by car. Head out of town on the N-332 towards Alicante and after about 1.5 kilometres there is a turning on your right. This road is unsurprisingly named Faro del Cabo de Santa Pola (Cape Lighthouse of Santa Pola). To reach it on foot, wear sturdy trainers or hiking boots. The hike heads north out of town and follows the beach roads and promenades until you reach Camino del Cabo (Path of the Cape) which passes the sky walk on your way to the lighthouse.

Surrounding Attractions

The entire area surrounding the lighthouse is excellent for hiking, and if you stick to the coastal path there are some lovely beaches to visit. The closest one to Santa Pola Lighthouse is Calas de Santa Pola. Here you can find welcome refreshments in a couple of beach bars (chiringuitos).  Heading further north are a few lovely coves, ideal for a cooling dip of some snorkelling. If you happen to be enjoying the hike with your dog, still further north is a popular canine beach.

Santa Pola Castle

Santa Pola Castle is the perfect place to visit to learn all about the history of this coastal fishing town.