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“astounding views”

Farol de Alfanzina/Alfanzina lighthouse
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US$348.58*
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Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao
Ranked #8 of 11 things to do in Carvoeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 23, 2017

TBH we didn't actually visit the lighthouse itself but rather walked around it so this review is about the location rather than the lighthouse - as far as view goes you would struggle to beat this one - spent hours just wandering around the cliffs and sitting watching the boats sail past with the most amazing and energising view I have seen for a long while. If you are in the area and looking for a superb walk with stunning views this area needs to be added to your tour of the coastline - keep to the northern trail and you will soon (about 2 miles) emerge on one of the most beautiful little beach coves in the world - I didnt go dressed for swimming but that didnt stop me skinny dipping in front of the crowds and that's another gear thing about Portugal - the locals are just so fabulous at accepting us nutty tourists - nobody flinched a eyelid - apart from my wife who was more than bemused - but then again she did join me ;-)

Thank Cyrus M
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Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Every Wednesday from 1400 to 1600, you can have a tour of the lighthouse for free. The lighthouse keeper speaks good English, and is very friendly. You have to climb a total of 100 steps, the last few being very narrow. At the top you can see the light (1000watt) and 1 tonne prism that sits on mercury. It can be turned with fingers of one hand, it is so well designed. The beam reaches out 29 nautical miles (around 34 statute miles) and flashes twice every 14 seconds.
You have to back down the last few steps to descend, and please don't touch the prism itself as the sweat from your hands will mark the glass.
A €5 tip was much appreciated!
No booking required, just turn up at the gate from 2pm.
Enjoy.

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Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

It is important for people to realize that many of the reviews for this restaurant reflect the previous management. The new operators are offering superb service and excellent food. We were a group of four dining here in late September and we're still talking about our memorable experience. The lamb was delicious, the Portuguese steak was flavourful and my strip-loin steak was cooked to perfection. Our hosts could not do enough for us and they graciously allowed to linger into the evening. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Great views out to sea from cliff top, nice to see a well kept lighthouse. Some nice cliif top walks.

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Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

In the evening you see this light flashes.
It was only a couple of Km's from the hotel.
So I did the cliff top walk to here.
A good walk with parts of the path quite steep and slippery.
Good views of the cliffs and sea, with lots of boats sailing past.
The light house was not open when I got there but I enjoyed the walk to and from.

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