This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks, or relax on the bay and enjoy stunning views of La Gomera, La Palma, and the Teno Mountains. A word of warning: Check the forecast before you go as the road there is closed in bad weather.

The Punta de Teno lighthouse is an active lighthouse in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The current lighthouse was the second to be constructed on the narrow rocky headland of Punta de Teno, which is the most westerly point on the island. It is one of seven lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife and lies between the Punta Rasca lighthouse to the southeast, and the modern lighthouse of Buenavista to the northeast.

The first lighthouse was completed in 1897, as part of the first maritime lighting plan for the Canaries. Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lights, it consists of a whitewashed single story building, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. The light was shown from a lantern room at the top of an eight-meter high masonry tower, attached to the seaward side of the house, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It remained in service until it was replaced in the 1970s by the new modern tower.

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