Lighthouse Punta del Hidalgo
The Punta del Hidalgo lighthouse designed by Ramiro Borlado is a stunning 50 m-tall reinforced concrete structure located on the northern coast of Tenerife. Completed in 1992, the building references the basaltic geology of the area through its form.
The small natural reservation around it is a birdwatcher's paradise, while also welcoming those who venture so far away from the touristy areas to bathe in its natural pools.
The construction of the lighthouse was completed in 1992 and it became operational in 1994, as part of the maritime lighting plan that was drawn up in the 1980s, which included the need for new lights at a number of locations in the Canaries. These included the contemporary designed lights at Puerto de la Cruz and Buenavista on Tenerife, Castilette on Gran Canaria, and Arenas Blancas and Punta Lava on La Palma.
The 50-metre-high (160 ft) lighthouse is built of reinforced concrete. Materials used in its construction were brought in specially, including the white gravel, and coloured concrete used to produce the white finish. A system of sliding scaffolding was used to complete the project within a few months in 1992. With a focal height of 52 metres (171 ft) above sea level, the light can be seen for 16 nautical miles. Its light characteristic is made up of a pattern of two flashes of white light every seven seconds.
The lighthouse is maintained by the Port authority of the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is registered under the international Admiralty number D2818 and has the NGA identifier of 113–23854.
In 2007, Hidalgo in conjunction with five other Spanish lighthouses was depicted in a set of six commemorative stamps by the postal service Correos.