Whipped by the strong winds of Tramontana, on a slate stone promontory between two bays is located Faro de Favaritx.
It stands right there, at the tip of Cap de Faravitx, a wild and rugged environment, where waves frequently break through the barrier and flood the esplanade of the lighthouse. When we first entered the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park in Menorca, my mind went numb. The spectacular moon-like surroundings gave me chills. It is like entering a gray zone. And right there, encircled by strangely shaped black rocks, stands the immense lighthouse.
The shipwrecks that took place in the twentieth century motivated the construction of the lighthouses on Punta Nati and Cap de Favàritx, which completed the illumination of Menorca’s north coast. The most infamous and significant shipwrecks in the decision to erect the lighthouse were the disasters of the steamship Isaac Pereire in 1906 near Cala Mesquida and that of the Général Chanzy in 1910 just off Punta Nati. The former was the mail boat that sailed between Marseilles and Algeria and it ran to ground at the same place as the steamship Ville de Rome had sunk in 1898. Work on the lighthouse at Favàritx began in July 1917.
Faro de Favaritx was first designed by Mauro Serret but mofified by Miguel Massanet. Lack of funding and problems with the land ownership paralyzed the work the lighthouse was not completed until 1922. The tower, with a height of 33m was the first to be built completely of concrete in the Balearic Islands. It stands at the extreme north-east of the island, a little over 17 km from Mahon.
From Son Camamilla you can reach two beaches of unusual beauty: One is Cala Presili and other Cala Tortuga. The first one has very dark sand and the second gravel sand combined with crystal clear waters.
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