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Leça lighthouse

These are the facts: 96 years old, 46 metres high, 3.5 metres in diameter, 57 metres above sea level, this is the second highest of the 30 lighthouses in the country, and it was the last to be built in continental Portugal.

The lighthouse began operating in 1926 and has been subject to several improvement works over the years.

For example, in 1950 an elevator was installed to access the tower, an extremely useful intervention, as the building has a total of 225 steps.

Fourteen years later, the lighthouse was connected to the public electricity grid and was equipped with a 3000-watt lamp that provided a luminous range of 60 nautical miles, in other words, over 110 kilometres.

At the end of the 1970s, the power was reduced and, today, this white light reaches up to 28 nautical miles (52 kilometres).

It also stands apart from other lighthouses due to its unique signal: three light flashes every 14 seconds.

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