Farol of Vila Real de Santo António celebrates its 100th anniversary

The anniversary was marked this Friday

O Farol of Vila Real de Santo António celebrated, this Friday, January 20, its 100th anniversary.

The event was marked with the unveiling of an allusive plaque and with a protocol act that was attended by the Deputy Director General of the Maritime Authority and 2nd General Commander of the Maritime Police, Rear Admiral Nuno de Noronha Bragança, and the President of the Municipality of Vila Real de Santo António Álvaro Araújo.

Also present were several military and civil entities that joined this symbolic act that not only praised the monument but also honored all the military and civilians who, over the last century, have been at the service of the farol, ensuring its proper functioning.

The centenary celebrations of the Farol also show their symbolism through the dissemination of culture, the profession of faroshipyard and the history of lighthouses and highlight the importance of this infrastructure as operational equipment for the General Directorate of the Maritime Authority.

"Oh farol of Vila Real de Santo António is today one of the most relevant monuments in the municipality and offers a breathtaking view over the mountains and the sea, reaching the Guadiana River, the National Forest of Dunas Litorais, the Bay of Monte Gordo and the coast of Andalusia» , refers to the municipality in a note.

The structure represents a landmark on the east coast of the Algarve, still serving today as a reference point for boat navigation in Portuguese and Spanish waters with its 46-metre tower and a range of 48 kilometres.