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Lighthouse of Rosais

The Lighthouse of Rosais is located over spectacular cliffs, over 200 meters above sea level. It was inaugurated on 1 May 1958, at the time the best and technologically most advanced lighthouse of the Portuguese network.

In 1964, right after its inauguration, it was temporarily abandoned by its residents during the seismic crisis of Rosais and the submarine eruption which occurred nearby. After the crisis, it remained inhabited until 1 January 1980, when it was definitively evacuated in the aftermath of cliffs’ landslides caused by the earthquake of 1980. Integrating the land area of the natural monument of Ponta dos Rosais, here you can observe several breeding seabirds (roseate terns, common terns and Cory's shearwater birds). This area also harbors some flora specimens, from which we highlight Tree Heath (Erica Azorica) and the forget-me-not (Myosotis).

Ponta dos Rosais is geosite of the Azores Geopark, with regional relevance and interest and scientific and geo-touristic use.


Rosais Velas
São Jorge