The 155-year-old lighthouse that helped save shipwrecked people from the Nazis is active and you can sleep there – NiT

The 155-year-old lighthouse that helped save shipwrecked people from the Nazis is active and you can sleep there – NiT

The 155-year-old lighthouse that helped save castaways from the Nazis is active and you can sleep there

Faro Punta Cumplida in the Canary Islands (in Spain) opened to guests in 2019 and has panoramic views of the Atlantic.

Known as Isla Bonita, La Palma is the greenest of the Canary Islands and a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Still, it is one of the least sought after Spanish island destinations by tourists, who generally prefer the busier ones such as Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. For those who prefer a holiday in a more relaxed environment and lush landscapes, La Palma is undoubtedly a good choice. — and there is no shortage of dream accommodations.

One of them is in the northern part of the island, in the city of Barlovento, and is perfect for those who like to stay overnight in spaces that are not traditional. It is there that you will find Faro Punta Cumplida, the oldest lighthouse in Spain, with 155 years of existence and 34 meters high. Still active, it was converted into a boutique hotel in March 2019 after extensive refurbishment.

With panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, Faro Punta Cumplida is famous for having safely guided the survivors of the British warship Pacific Star, which was attacked with a torpedo — a device intended to produce explosions in ships — by a German submarine in 1942. It is the only working lighthouse in the Canary Islands and it is also the only one that offers accommodation.

“Punta Cumplida is the oldest lighthouse in Spain and still maintains its nautical functions, making it one of the few lighthouses in the world that is still active and also welcomes guests”, told “Condé Nast Traveler” Tim Wittenbecher, from the team. floatelthe company responsible for the project.

At first glance, no one would think that this lighthouse was hiding a boutique hotel — and that is precisely the charm of this accommodation. It offers three luxury suites in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, just below the watchtower, and can accommodate up to eight guests. The Farero suite, for example, is the largest of all and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an incredible living room with a fireplace, direct access to the terrace and views of the sea without having to get out of bed.

As for the decoration, “guests should be able to live the history of the lighthouse, but at the same time enjoy a modern and clear maritime design, so our goal is to provide as much comfort as possible in an environment where neutral tones and style prevail. nautical,” Tim clarified.

In addition to the three luxury suites, the hotel also has a large terrace with an infinity pool, a five thousand square meter garden and a space for yoga. However, the great experience is undoubtedly climbing the 158 steps of the platform and reaching a viewpoint at 34 meters high and contemplating the horizon. As the Floatel team said, “seeing the giant waves of the Atlantic crashing against the cliffs is like meditating”.

Every morning, guests receive a basket prepared by Pili, the housekeeper of Punta Cumplida. She is in charge of preparing breakfast and knows everything about Punta Cumplida. However, it is the local tour guide Noehmi who welcomes guests and takes them on tours of the points of interest in La Palma.

If you want to spend one (or more) nights in this accommodation, the prices for the suites start at €290. It is also possible to book the entire lighthouse for €950. Reservations can be made online.

how to get there

To visit this century-old lighthouse, you will have to fly to La Palma, in the Canary Islands. If you depart from Lisbon, you will find tickets from 70€. If you prefer to take the plane in Porto, the prices start at €77.

When arriving at La Palma airport and if you don’t want to rent a car, the best option is to take bus number 500 which will take you to the North Stop. There, you will have to take another bus to Pista Rosales A. When you reach the last stop, you have two options: call a taxi or walk 20 minutes to the lighthouse.

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The living room.

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