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5 facts about the Martiño lighthouse

When you are in wolves island, you can not stop visiting the lighthouse of Punta de Martiño. It is a beautiful example of all the wonders found in this magical place. It is located right on the mountain that bears the same name, five kilometers from Puertito, the only town on the island.

It is one of the busiest attractions. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful view over the sea and watch the sunset from the lookout point. The walk is a really interesting walk in which you can see the incredible landscape.

To get to it, you'll have to take a ferry from Corralejo. Upon disembarking, walk along the rocky shoreline until you spot it. Of course, before the walk, make sure you bring water and sun protection.

If you still do not have it clear, then we offer you five facts about this obligatory stop for many travelers.

1. The only lighthouse on the island

First, let me tell you that the Martiño Lighthouse is the only one on the island. In turn, it is one of the three that stand on the Bocaina Strait, as the step between Lanzarote y Fuerteventura, which has a length of about fifteen kilometers.

The other two lighthouses are Tostón, in El Cotillo (the old tower is not working, and a more recent one, inaugurated in 1985, is the one that illuminates) and Pechiguera (one of the oldest in the archipelago), in Lanzarote.

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2. A construction with history

Juan Leon y Castillo He was the architect in charge of the design of the building. The tower, built in stone, has a height of six meters. The entire building stands twenty-nine meters above sea level.

The history of the lighthouse begins in 1860 when construction work began. The task was laborious, extended over five years. Several difficulties had to be overcome. The first was the construction of houses for the workers and their families. The second was the transfer of materials and supplies, which required the start of road works from the small port to the base camp on Isla de Lobos.

Finally, on July 30, 1865, it was inaugurated as a sixth order lighthouse. It has a fascinating and interesting history. It covers almost two centuries of activity, and during this period the type of fuel used to make it work has varied: from the use of olive oil (with a lighting range of nine nautical miles) to acetylene (reaching fourteen nautical miles).

3. The Lighthouse Keeper

Currently, the lighthouse has a system that makes it work automatically, but this was not always the case.

Until the end of the sixties, it had a guardian. Illustrious character of these places, Antoñito the lighthouse keeper, known as the last lighthouse keeper of Lobos.

Born on the island of La Graciosa, he arrived in 1936 to work as an assistant tower keeper. Later, he officially held the position. Antoñito lived on this islet for many years with his entire family, including two of his children who were born in the lighthouse itself.

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4. An artist's house

As soon as they arrive at the Martiño Lighthouse, visitors find a plaque in honor of the writer on one of the walls Josefina Pla. An internationally recognized artist, he was born on Isla de Lobos in 1903, since his father, Leopoldo Plá, was a lighthouse keeper.

In subsequent years, after passing through other islets, the peninsula and a definitive emigration to Paraguay, Josefina remembered her first steps on the islet:

“I had a relatively happy childhood. I say relatively because I had other children to play with. There were rocks everywhere and a few stunted plants. Sometimes the landscape was bleak and depressing. The only thing that brought me out of my melancholic state were the seagulls. I spent hours and hours studying their flights and behaviors. I think that life in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the unfathomable sea and the distant horizon tempered my spirit for my future life. My father's work was hard and of great responsibility. The navigation of the ships depended on him, that they would not run aground or be shipwrecked and arrive at a good port”.

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5. A reference site

Today, the Martiño Lighthouse is considered an important landmark. A tourist attraction for those who visit Isla de Lobos or any other nearby island in this region of Spain. It is managed by the Las Palmas Port Authority. Although a walk around the island is something very special, the Lighthouse plays an important part in this memorable experience. Will you venture to live it?

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