Tenaro lighthouse

Tenaro Lighthouse: Guiding Ships and Inspiring Souls

Perched upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Tenaro, a beacon of hope shines brightly across the vast expanse of the Aegean Sea. Also known as Cape Matapan, in southern Greece, the Tenaro Lighthouse is a historic landmark that holds great significance. This iconic structure has played a crucial role in guiding ships safely through the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Built-in 1882, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece and continues to serve as an essential navigational aid to this day.

Perched atop a steep cliff at an elevation of 200 meters (656 feet), the Tenaro Lighthouse offers breathtaking panoramic views of both the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Its strategic location at the southernmost point of mainland Europe allows it to guide vessels traveling between the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, ensuring their safe passage.

The surrounding area offers breathtaking views of the deep blue sea and rugged coasts that enthrall visitors. Located within the Tainaron Blue Retreat complex, visitors can appreciate both the historical significance of the lighthouse and indulge in the natural beauty that surrounds it.

Today, after extensive renovations and restoration work carried out by dedicated preservationists, the Tenaro Lighthouse maintains its original charm while incorporating modern technologies to enhance its functionality. Its purpose remains unchanged – safeguarding seafarers and preserving their rich maritime traditions.

Exploring this iconic site allows you to delve into Greece’s maritime history while immersing yourselves in its captivating coastal landscapes with its idyllic sandy beaches that are nothing short of paradise. Here, sun-seekers can indulge in endless moments of relaxation and soak up the Mediterranean sun while immersing themselves in nature’s beauty.

Whether you are an avid history enthusiast or simply seek solace within nature’s embrace, a visit to the Tenaro Lighthouse promises an unforgettable experience that combines cultural heritage with breathtaking surroundings.

Read what others share about their experience

  • L vdh
    a week ago
    Worth the drive over which is a way to see more of the area. The hike is wonderfull and took us...
  • Rick
    3 months ago
    Beautiful view from the southern most road that you can drive on in Europe. If you're going to hike...
    a week ago
    Must to see: 1st) The Ancient Necromancy in front of you. (As you arrived to the last road asphalt...
  • Jo
    7 months ago
    Worth a visit if you are in the area. It’s about a 45 minute walk each way from the car park....
  • Barbara Venetikidou
    9 months ago
    A must when you are in the area! Do not go on flip flops or sandals. If you stay for the amazing sun...

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