Country: Spain (Menorca)
Venture through deserted rustic beaches, past crystal clear waters, through thriving lush green forests and in the distance you’ll see, standing tall, Favaritx Lighthouse in the S’Albufera d’es Grau natural park, Menorca, Spain. What makes it special is that it is the first-ever concrete lighthouse to be constructed in the Balearic Islands. Another reason is its black spiral appearance, which makes it stand out.
Country: Greece (Mykonos)
6km from the town Centre of Mykonos is the Armenistis Lighthouse. It was built in 1891. It overlooks the strait that separates the island of Tinos from Mykonos. The location of the lighthouse offers spectacular views over the ocean and the island.
Visible from 60 km away, the Cabo de São Vicente lighthouse is one of the world’s most powerful. It’s from this part of Portugal that Henry the Navigator, godfather of the Age of Discoveries, is believed to have organised the expeditions that took off in search of the New World.
Country: Perú (Lima)
Placed on the cliffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this lighthouse is the most famous one in Perú. It was originally constructed in southern Perú, but then got dismantled and moved to its current home in the popular Miraflores neighborhood in Perú’s capital city. The design is by Gustave Eiffel.
Country: Argentina (Ushuaia)
One of the most memorable places to visit in Argentina is the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego, where you can see the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, referred to as the lighthouse at the End of the World. Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse has guarded the sea entrance to Ushuaia in these hostile waters for almost a century now.
Country: Falkland Islands
Cape Pembroke Lighthouse is 7 miles east of Stanley in the Falkland Islands – the most easterly point in the southern archipelago. Built over 150 years ago, it’s been ravaged by weather over the years. Grab a key from the Stanley Museum and go up the stairs for breathtaking views.
The optic section contains the heart of the lighthouse, the optic or lens. For many, many years the "optic" section was open to the elements (no glass storm panes) and was the area where an open fire burned. Curiously, the handholds are installed on the exterior side of the astragals for the keeper to grip while standing on a ladder, cleaning the exterior sides of the storm panes. The interior portion of the horizontal part of the frame was concave to catch any condensation that formed on the interior face of the lantern panes.
The dome is made of metal and usually copper clad. It is surmounted by a ball vent through which air can pass. The ball vent is topped by a lightning rod and sometimes a wind vane to assist the keeper in discerning wind direction which will help him position the vents. In the interior of the dome, beneath the top, is a large concave dish surrounding the event tube. This "dish" catches condensation that forms in the top of the lantern.