Punta de Teno Lighthouse

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Punta de Teno Lighthouse
Faro de Punta de Teno (J. Mesa).jpg
Punta de Teno Lighthouse
Punta de Teno Lighthouse is located in Canary Islands
Punta de Teno Lighthouse
Canary Islands
Location Buenavista del Norte
Canary Islands
Coordinates 28°20′32″N 16°55′22″W / 28.342096°N 16.922865°W / 28.342096; -16.922865Coordinates: 28°20′32″N 16°55′22″W / 28.342096°N 16.922865°W / 28.342096; -16.922865
Year first constructed 1897 (first)
Year first lit 1976 (current)
Construction concrete tower (current)
stone tower (first)
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern tower with red and white bands (current)
unpainted tower (first)
Height 20 metres (66 ft) (current)
8 metres (26 ft) (first)
Focal height 60 metres (200 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2+1) W 20s.
Admiralty number D2832
NGA number 113-23840
ARLHS number CAI-033
Spain number ES-12920
Managing agent Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife[1]

The Punta de Teno Lighthouse (Spanish: Faro de Punta de Teno) is an active lighthouse in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The current lighthouse was the second to be constructed on the narrow rocky headland of Punta de Teno, which is the most westerly point on the island. It is one of seven lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife, and lies between the Punta Rasca lighthouse to the southeast, and the modern lighthouse of Buenavista to the northeast.[2]


The 19th and 20th century towers of Punta de Teno
The 19th and 20th century towers of Punta de Teno

The first lighthouse was completed in 1897, as part of the first maritime lighting plan for the Canaries.[3] Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lights, it consists of a white washed single storey building, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. The light was shown from a lantern room at the top of an eight metre high masonry tower, attached to the seaward side of the house, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It remained in service until it was replaced in the 1970s by the new modern tower.[2]

Punta de Teno - Detail of the tower

The new lighthouse, which was built adjacent to the original building first entered service in 1978. It consists of a 20m high cylinder-shaped tower, which is white with red bands, that supports twin galleries and a lantern with a white cupola. The design is similar to the new tower of Fuencaliente Lighthouse on La Palma.[2]

With a focal height of 60m above sea level, the light can be seen for 18 nautical miles. Its light characteristic is made up of a pattern of three flashes of white light every twenty seconds.[2][4]

The lighthouse is maintained by the Port authority of the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is registered under the international Admiralty number D2832 and has the NGA identifier of 113-23840. [2][4]

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  1. ^ Punta de Teno The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved March 27, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Spain: Canary Islands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Los faros que alumbran et Atlantico" (in Spanish). teldeactualidad.com. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2014. p. 417.

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