One of the strange quirks about souvenir shops in Nerja is the number of ornamental lighthouses, emblazened with ‘Nerja’, on sale to tourists. Nerja does not have, and never has had, as far as I can research, a lighthouse. But other nearby places do.
The lighthouse (Faro) in Torre del Mar is located on the Paseo Marítimo de Poniente. The original lighthouse began functioning in 1826 but the structure has been moved on several occasions due to urban development in the area.
The lighthouse, completely automated, is 26 metres tall and 29 metres above sea level. Its beam reaches 13 nautical miles out to sea.
The lighthouse – El Faro – in Torrox Costa was completed on May 1st 1864 and was built using one of the towers of the old castle which was destroyed by Napoleon at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The lighthouse is fully automated, has a height of 39 metres above sea level and 26 metres above ground level and the range of the beam is up to 20 nautical miles.
The lighthouse can be seen from various parts of Nerja. This is the view from El Playazo beach, Nerja.