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El Faro de Cabo de Palos

For the most amazing views of La Manga, head for El Faro de Cabo de Palos where you not only get to see just how long and picturesque the La Manga Strip is, but also the huge sweeping expanse of the Mar Menor. Although the lighthouse gets its fair share of visitors during the peak summer months, many visitors to La Manga when driving in along the RM-12 just follow the road which curves left and over the bridge to the central part of La Manga and don't take the time to turn off right and explore the lovely port area of Cabo de Palos.

El Faro de Cabo de Palos
Source: Flickr / Over Doz

El Faro de Cabo de Palos

Surprisingly at over 150 years old, El Faro de Cabo de Palos is very well preserved (I suppose lighthouses do need to be built strong!) and is reputedly the tallest lighthouse on the Spanish coast. When visiting the lighthouse from La Manga you pass through the lovely port area of Cabo de Palos where it's tempting to stop off at one of the many bars or cafes, but rather save visiting the port until after your visit as you still need to make the climb up to the lighthouse from the car park. Parking is free and during the summer months there is a handy snack kiosk.

Unique Views

Whichever route you take up to El Faro de Cabo de Palos the views and photo opportunities will give you unique and beautiful pictures of both the Mediterranean sea and Mar Menor inland sea, separated by the narrow spit (or should I say sleeve as that's what La Manga translates to) of land that from your viewing point just doesn't seem substantial enough to hold all those hotels. A lovely time to visit the lighthouse, especially with a picnic and good bottle of wine, is at sunset when the walk is cooler and the sun setting over the two seas breathtaking. If you plan to walk along the coastal path take a snorkel set as there are many coves to explore.

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