A Walk in a Park to a 156-year old Lighthouse on 122m Height Cliff, Spain

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Originally published at https://ctdots.eu on November 27, 2019.

Prelude

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Albir lighthouse from Albir beach, Spain. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Entrance to Camino del Faro in Serra Gelada, Spain. Photo by Aiste [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada from airplane. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada

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Crossroad at the entrance to Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Camino del Faro leads to the left toward a picnic area with another access to water. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Camino del Faro (Albir — Albir Lighthouse Yellow Route)

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To my surprise, the area of the park even includes free wi-fi. Ironically, the routes, which need a connection for navigation the least, are the only ones to have it. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Types of modern hiking

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Flora in Camino del Faro, Serra Gelada, Spain. [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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It won’t take long until the road will roll out of the vegetation layer to give the first glimpse of what is to come. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Soon after you‘ll reach the first viewpoint area with jawbreaking scenery. Photo by Aiste [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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It is the best distance/view ratio I‘ve ever experienced in any hike. Seriously, anywhere else I would walk 10km for this. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Puig Campana

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The next thing to catch your attention, undoubtedly, is going to be a tunnel, built here 60 years ago to make the access to 156-year old Albir lighthouse less dangerous. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Be sure not to miss the road on the left to the tunnel, where hides the second viewpoint of the route. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Compared to the last viewpoint, this one gives only a slightly different angle, but it is hard to get enough of it. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Penon de Ifach from Camino del Faro. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Penon de Ifach

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After the second viewpoint, head back to the tunnel. Just don’t think too much about its dynamite origins. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Fossils found on Camino del Faro. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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After the tunnel, the path goes to the sunny side of the park (not today). For that reason, the vegetation is totally different, including more endemic plant species. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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The road goes deep into Serra Gelada, around La Mina Cove. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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The next point of interest is Boca de Ballena, which could look like an ordinary cave, but its name actually translates to Mount of Whale. Hope this will spark your imagination. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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After a few couples of hundred meters, deep in the cove, iron-rich red stones of La Mina (eng. Mine) appear right into your face. This ochre mine was run by a single family from the mid-19th to early 20th century. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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The last viewpoint before the Grande Finale of the hike is named after mining engineer and geologist, Alfonso Yebenes Simon, who’s scientific work and publications were very important understanding the stone formations of Serra Gelada. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Albir lighthouse was built in 1863. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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The old alternative to Camino del Faro went along the coast to the very end, where the steps led right to the lighthouse. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Once you reach the lighthouse, it feels like the whole Mediterranean Sea opens in front of your eyes. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Spotting Cetaceans

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At the point, where Albir lighthouse was built, the height of the cliff facing the sea is about 112m. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Alt del Governador (438m) in Serra Gelada, Spain. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

Cliffs of Serra Gelada

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Camino del Faro is a linear walk, but, at least, it is a pleasant walk in a park. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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The coves of Serra Gelada and Benidorm Island were regular hideouts for pirates between the 16th and 18th centuries. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Camino del Faro is highly recommended for anybody happen to be in the area. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

My Impressions of Camino del Faro

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Man sitting on a rock on Camino del Faro. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots

The Benefits of Hiking

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No kidding, right. Photo by Alis Monte [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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Peace. Photo by Aiste [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Connecting the Dots
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