The Felgueiras Lighthouse is situated where the Douro River finds the Atlantic. Although no longer in operation, the mariners’ beacon continues to command respect more than 200 years after its construction.
Giant ocean waves are known to slam the lighthouse’s jetty, making it a (careful!) must-see for photographers.
The lighthouse’s historic neighborhood, Foz do Douro, one of Portugal’s most affluent enclaves, is well worth exploring: wave-washed granite at Ourigo Beach and the weathered walls of the Fort São João de Foz contextualize the lighthouse’s genesis.