Fancy an unusual stay? Lighthouse hotels are located on rugged, stormy outcrops around Spain´s coast, having been the guiding lights of sailors for centuries, they often hold a certain romantic charm and certainly offer a stay far from the norm. Today, as many are no longer in use it is possible to sleep in a converted Lighthouse Hotel across in Spain.
Spain has 187 lighthouses spread around its coast and only about 40 are inhabited. Many of them are no longer manned, but controlled by automation. This means that over the last decade many were no longer in use and a project called Faros de España (Spanish Lighthouses) was created.
Spanish Lighthouse Hotels
Faros de España´s main purpose is to turn the unused lighthouss into hotels. Can there be a more magical place to stay than on the ocean´s edge, yet safe within, while seas batter the coast? Here are some hotels in lighthouses and others next to lighthouses where those incredible views and sunrises and sunsets can still be enjoyed.
Faro Isla Pancha
This lighthouse in Isla Pancha is 160 years old, it guards the coast near the town of Ribadeo in Galicia, in the north of Spain.
Pancha Island is its location, an islet, jutting out from the mainland, this river estuary had its first lighthouse built in 1857, on a square building, this is what now houses two apartments near the new lighthouse built in 1983. The apartments can sleep from two to four people.
See more on the website Faro Isla Pancha.
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Faro Punta Cumplida
The Hotel Faro de Punta Cumplida is one of the most special of all the hotel lighthouses and at over 150 year old, one of Spain´s oldest. It has now been refurbished into a luxurious hotel.
Located in the municipality of Barlovento, in the northwest of the island of La Palma known as the ´Isla Bonita,´which means pretty or beautiful isle. Unique because its impressive landscape and natural heritage means it is now a Biosphere Reserve.
The Hotel Faro de Punta Cumplida has 3 gorgeous Suites, two for 2 people and one up to 4 people, the whole lighthouse can also be booked as one. sleeping up to 8. Each suite is elegant and has all the services and special details needed, such as silk sheets, Smart TV, coffee maker, kettle and all have a full kitchen and terrace with fabulous views to see the sun rise and set over the sea. There is also an infinity pool.
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El Far Hotel Restaurant
El Far Boutique Hotel is a restored 18th century coaching inn, next to the Sant Sebastia lighthouse, with incredible views from the 175-metre high cliff. El Far has 9 rooms decorated in nautical style and all have views over the Mediterranean Sea.
This small boutique hotel is located in Llafranc on the Costa Brava, Spain´s east coast and it has a Mediterranean cuisine Restaurant with terraces for those never ending vistas.
The hotel also has the 18th century hermitage of Sant Sebastià de la Guarda as it´s neighbour. History abounds at this stunning location.
See Hotel El Far on Booking.com
Hotel O Semáforo
This hotel is stunningly located on Cape Fisterra in Galicia, the spot which the Romans believed was the end of the world. This lighthouse on the tip of Costa da Morte was built in 1853, it´s perched 138 metres above sea level. It´s light shone for 65 kilometres across the ocean, which along with a siren, on foggy days, warned of the dangers of this aptly name Costa da Morte, after the numerous shipwrecks.
The hotel O Semáforo is an annex to the lighthouse, which was refurbished in 2016, has 5 rooms plus a restaurant and cafe with amazing views.
See Hotel O Semáforo on Booking.com
Hotel Semáforo de Bares
Built in the 1920s as a military observation post and meteorological centre, it is located 210 metres above sea level. It was restored at the end of the nineties and since 2002 has been open as a 6 room room hotel with beautiful views, in possibly one of the most unspoilt coastal areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Hotel Semaforo de Bares is located very close to the Cape and the Estaca de Bares lighthouse which was in use until the end of the 1960s.
See Hotel Semáforo de Bares website.
Faros de España have other projects on the go and soon there will be places to stay in Corrubedo in Galicia, El Pescador in Cantabria, Cudillero in Asturias and Trafalgar in Andalusia.