Cap d’Artrutx Lighthouse

Cap d'Artrutx, Spain

The Cap d’Artrutx Lighthouse is an active 19th century lighthouse located on the low-lying headland on Menorca. It was completed in 1859 but the tower was significantly increased in 1969. Automated in 1980, the keeper’s accommodation is now used as a restaurant. It was designed by the architect Emili Pou who planned a number of lights in the Balearic Islands.

The original tower was much shorter than that seen today, with a height of only 17 metres. Reverberations from waves entering a sea cave nearby caused problems within the lighthouse. In 1967, a new maritime lighting plan for the Balearics was drawn up which outlined the need for a higher tower at Artrutx. When the new tower was constructed in 1969, the 34 metre high cylindrical structure was built with four buttresses or ribs, giving the light a unique shape in comparison to others in the archipelago.

With the automation of the lighthouse in 1980, the unused keeper’s accommodation was later converted into a café and restaurant, providing food and drink to patrons who visit to watch the sunset on the terrace. The lighthouse can be visited when the restaurant is open, but the tower is closed.



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Founded: 1859
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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Natasha Cox (12 months ago)
We went towards the end of the holiday season (mid September) and it was lovely. There's a side for dining and a side for drinks only. All buggy accessible and suitable for children. Lots of seating with stunning views all the way around the coast. Jugs of the best tasting sangria I've ever had were €20 and we got 2 large glasses each, between 3 of us. The soft drinks were fairly expensive at €7 for a small apple or orange juice. Worth it for the views and relaxing atmosphere though. Friendly service, lots of parking if you drive there and good toilet facility. We walked there and the roads are pedestrian friendly, very little road traffic and lots of pavement.
Meryl Crooks (12 months ago)
Lovely place with fantastic views. Drinks were very nice. Bill not cheap but of course you are paying for the location which is stunning!
Alžbeta Frimová (13 months ago)
Beautiful lighthouse with the restaurant nearby. Sunset there is breath taking and very romantic ?
Andrew Wilson (13 months ago)
Very chic place. Superb location. Food is good and you pay for location. You don’t feel rushed and the ambience created by lighting and dj is spot on.
Annalisa Guazzotti (15 months ago)
We love lighthouses and this is pretty well maintained, thanks to the fact that it's has a restaurant on the ground floor. Great location and nice view
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