As promised, the Lighthouse of the Week this week (even though it's the last day of the week) is the lighthouse on Cape Finisterre, Spain. This particular cape was commonly referred to as the end of the world, as it was popularly thought to be the westernmost point on the European continent (even though it literally isn't -- the westernmost point of the European mainland is Cabo da Roca, which also has a lighthouse, and I've featured it as LoTW, which you'll see if you click that link).
But Cape Finisterre is famous because it was considered the end of the world, and thus numerous people made pilgrimages there. It doesn't hurt that it's a very striking location as well. Since it's so famous, there are a few Web pages about it, some of which I'll list below.
Lighthouse Finisterre (Cape Finisterre)
Hiking Spain's Luminous Lighthouse Way
Lighthouse Directory: Lighthouses of Spain: Northern Galicia
From the last one, I have extracted the basic information below:
" 1853. Active; focal plane 143 m (469 ft); white flash every 5 s. 17 m (56 ft) octagonal cylindrical granite tower with lantern and gallery attached to the front of a 2-1/2 story keeper's house. Tower unpainted; lantern is silvery metallic; house painted white with unpainted stone trim.And below, four pictures and a video. Don't forget the other picture in my post two posts back, too.
This is one of Spain's most famous lighthouses, standing at the end of a narrow, south-pointing promontory with a spectacular view of the Atlantic. Although Cabo Toriñana (see next entry) actually extends a little further west, Cape Finisterre is the traditional "land's end" at the northwestern corner of Spain. (Cabo da Roca in Portugal is about 16.5 km (10.3 mi) further west and is the westernmost point of continental Europe.) Cape Finisterre is the ending point of the Camiño de Santiago (the Way of St. James), a traditional route of pilgrimage that extends 90 km (56 mi) from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The lighthouse is the second most visited tourist destination in Galicia, after the Cathedral. "