In many countries of the world lighthouses have been converted into hotels, but until now, in Spain it was not a very common practice. However, the Ministry of Development has just announced that Puertos del Estado will immediately launch "an ambitious plan" to give hotel use to the lighthouses, respecting their heritage value, through concessions where possible. As you may have imagined, this will open the door to the private sector.
The project, called " Lighthouses of Spain ", seeks to enhance the network of lighthouses of State Ports so that all citizens can enjoy the magnificent views they offer. Do you want to know more details about this government plan?
387 lighthouses in Spain
As explained from Development, this initiative will be extended to several lighthouses, some of them in Galicia, although no further details are known. What we do know is that Spain has 387 lighthouses, of which between 50 or 60 are inhabited. The possibilities range from the installation of a rural house to a hotel, depending on the size, since there are lighthouses in which up to five families have lived.
Alternative uses in headlights
Some of the lighthouses are used for alternative uses, such as visits, cultural purposes or hospitality. This is the case of Formentor , located in the Balearic Islands, which houses a restaurant, or that of Fisterra , in Galicia, which houses an exhibition hall.
To carry out this project, a working group will be set up to identify which lighthouses meet the conditions for according to which uses with the lowest possible cost, since a “ sustainability ” of the activity is pursued over time. In addition, one of the obligations for the concessionaire will be to return the lighthouse to its initial state once its activity ceases.
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