The Mangiabarche lighthouse rises on a cliff not far from the coast by the Punta della Tonnara point at the end of the Spiaggia Grande beach, in Calasetta, Sant’Antioco Island, SW Sardinia.
All white and a bit dilapidated, it stands there with its door inviting you in, and its single window overlooking the coastline.
Many find Mangiabarche lighthouse devastatingly romantic. Even when things are at their toughest, sitting down by the lighthouse and watching the waves breaking on its little island or during some peaceful sunsets help serious thinking.
For good reason, it is one of Calasetta’s most photographed features as it is amazingly photogenic in all light and weather.
In calm seas, Mangiabarche lighthouse offers a certainty, a guardian of safe sailing, a stable point for each of our journeys.
In stormy seas, it stands tall in all its strength, proving its indomitable constancy, simply always being there, taking all the waves beating on its back without giving an inch, and putting on a marvelous show all the while.
The morning light strikes brilliantly against its whiteness; at sunset, the sky stands in rosy contrast, and, throughout the year, the ever-changing fireball of the sun adorns it gloriously.
Mangiabarche may be a small lighthouse, like many others, but it’s here where you can see it, where you can visit it on a dinghy, and swim around it.