This old lighthouse will show you the lifestyle and customs of Euskadi’s inhabitants with an exposition inside of it. From its top you can contemplate an amazing landscape: From cape Matxitxako to the French Landes.
The story of the Igueldo TOWER begins on the mid-eighteenth century, although it is known the existence of a light signal even before the sixteenth century. It was intended to avoid the numerous shipwrecks that the dangerous port entrance caused. The lighthouse, also known as “La Farola”, was built by the San Sebastian Consulate 180 meters above sea level. It was originally destined to remain aglow between September 14th and May 3rd. Although its range was one of the best of the time, the lighthouse was finally abandoned due to both the damage caused by the Carlist Wars and the fact that fogs blinded it frequently.
When the new Lighthouse was built in 1854, the old tower was definitely abandoned. In 1912, determined to recover the ancient lighthouse’s splendor, Monte Igueldo, S.A. reconstructs the tower under a project commissioned to the architect Luis Elizalde. This design included a new floor with large windows as a glazed veranda and above it, a fabulous panoramic terrace which is accessed by two of the four ornamental turrets that top the tower. From the upper terrace, as before, you can enjoy the most beautiful and breathtaking view of San Sebastian and its surroundings.