select - Lighthouses
Written by Brian Johnston
There's something about the romance, drama, and splendid locations of lighthouses that captures the imagination. What better way to experience these remarkable buildings than by staying in them?
Cape Verudica Lighthouse
South of Pula in northern Croatia, this petite lighthouse sits on a wooded cape overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Built in 1877 and now entirely automated, the lighthouse has been transformed into a peaceful four-roomed family holiday accommodation with a walled garden and direct beach access. Sunsets from the terrace are a show-stopping display of orange and red.
Distance: 3,894 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: Daily via Budapest
This lighthouse in New York State is distinctive for its red brick façade and river location. Since 1869, Saugerties Lighthouse has provided a navigational beacon on the Hudson, and preserves much of its historic atmosphere. Take a guided tour, visit its small museum, and enjoy views to the Catskill Mountains from the still-operational light tower. Guests can stay in one of two bedrooms, with breakfast provided as morning rises and birds flap over the tranquil, sometimes misty, Hudson River valley.
New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Ryvingen Island, which lies just off the Norwegian coast near Mandal, is home to hardy farming and fishing communities and a large nature reserve. Stay at the 1867 lighthouse here for a true maritime experience: boat is the only way to get about, seagulls shriek, and buffeting winds are exhilarating. Unlike the exclusivity of many lighthouses, Ryvingen has a more of a backpacker ethos. Guests bring their own linen, food, and drinking water, and up to 30 people can be accommodated.
Flight Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes
Cape Schanck Lightstation
The Mornington Peninsula has long been a country and seaside escape for Melburnians, and a stay at the lighthouse at Cape Schanck showcases why: it stands on a sweeping section of coastline where you can spot migrating whales, and is backed by rolling green hills dotted with eucalyptus trees. The lighthouse, one of the few in Australia with its original workings and lenses, has an interesting museum devoted to shipwrecks, and offers a variety of accommodation, from rooms to individual light-keepers cottages, many with 19th-century features.
Distance: 11,973 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 30 minutes