At the end of Boa Viagem Mountain, between the wild beach of Murtinheira and Figueira da Foz, Cape Mondego is the only cliff spot of the central Portuguese coast. An impressive set of wrinkled limestone rocks invading the sea. This is actually the place to understand the formation of the Atlantic Ocean.
With an area of 117.67 ha, of which 61.25 ha is marine and 56.42 ha terrestrial, the Natural Monument of Cape Mondego is referenced worldwide as the best and only place on the planet where, from a stratigraphic point of view, it is possible to observe and study 170 million year-old rocks belonging to the Bajocian-Jurassic period. Due to this importance it has been recognised as the Global Standard Stratotype Section and Point.
The Lighthouse of Cape Mondego is situated in the Forest Park of Boa Viagem Mountain, dating back to 1858. However, the current lighthouse was built in 1917 and placed in another location, further north. The building is formed by a central tower and two longitudinal bodies and the initial project had a second order fresnel lenticular optic powered by oil. The new project has technical innovations, namely: general electrification and sound signals.
Visits to the Lighthouse of Cape Mondego can be booked through the National Maritime Authority. Visits on Wednesdays are free of charge and no prvisous booking is required.
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