Greek Lighthouses Open to the Public today

Lichadonisia Strongyli lighthouse

Today Greece’s lighthouses will be open to the public in celebration. 

On Sunday, August 21, International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2022 kicks off with amazing Greek locations opening to visitors. 

According to the news from Greek Reporter, the lighthouses will be welcoming visitors from 10 am to 8 pm. Visitors will get wonderfully informative guidance and learn about the contribution of lighthouses to navigational safety as well as their significance in terms of cultural heritage.

The lighthouses that will open to the public include:

  • Ag. Nikolaos – Kea island
  • Akrotiri – Santorini island
  • Arkitsa – Fthiotis
  • Mudari – Kythira island
  • Vrysaki – Lavrio
  • Fiscardo – Kefalonia island
  • Gourouni – Skopelos island
  • Drepano – Chania, on the island of Crete
  • Kastri – Othoni island
  • Keri – Zakynthos island
  • Skinari – Zakynthos island
  • Kranai – Gythio
  • Megalo Embolo – Thessaloniki
  • Melagavi – Loutraki
  • Plaka – Lemnos island
  • Koraka – Paros island
  • Kokinopoulo – Psara island
  • Port of Alexandroupolis
  • Tenaro – Laconia
  • Koprena – Arta
  • Kaki Kefali – Chalkida
  • Monemvasia – Laconia
  • Lakkas – Paxi island
  • Vasilina – Evia island
  • Pappa – Ikaria island
  • Spathi – Serifos island
  • Doukato – Lefkada island
  • Katakolo – Ilia

The Lighthouse Authority of the Hellenic Navy lists a network of lighthouses extending 18,400 km along the coasts of Greece. In all, there are some 1,297 searchlights maintained by the Lighthouse Authority. 

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) is an annual event held on the 3rd full weekend of August each year, celebrating International Lighthouse Day. It was the brainchild of John Forsyth and Mike Dalrymple, who were members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland, and founded the initiative in 1998.