Cape Bojeador: The Historic Lighthouse of the North

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is the highest lighthouse in the Philippines. It’s still working and has kept its original Spanish colonial structure.

It sits on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill, looking over Cape Bojeador in the West Philippine Sea. Ships used to sail there during the galleon-trade era.

Magin Pers y Pers designed the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in 1887 and the Lighthouse Service, under the direction of Guillermo Brockman, completed it. The Philippine government declared it a cultural landmark in 1992.

Both Spanish engineers constructed a number of additional lighthouses throughout the Philippines in accordance with the Spanish government’s master plan for illuminating the archipelago.

Moreover, the Burgos lighthouse, also known as the “Farol de Burgos,” originally had a lamp with a Fresnel lens.

However, an earthquake in 1990 caused it to fall out of alignment. The lamp used to be lit by kerosene, but it is now powered by solar electricity after 100 years.

How to Go There

The location of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. From Burgos City Hall, take a jeepney that travels northeast on M. Perucho Street, turns right onto Pres. Ignacio Street, and then turns left onto the Pan-Philippine Highway. Request that you be dropped off at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Road.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit for the fullest view of the province is between November and April, when it’s dry.

Entrance fee

For an affordable price, visitors are allowed to climb all the way to the cupola for a panoramic view.

Frequently asked questions

What is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse made of?

  • The 20-meter-tall Cape Bojeador is constructed entirely of bricks manufactured locally.

What makes Cape Bojeador Lighthouse different from other well-known lighthouse in other countries?

  • The Burgos Lighthouse has a pretty round roof made of bronze on top of its eight-sided tower. The roof also has glass windows and fancy iron bars.

What can you do at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse?

  • This cultural landmark provides a variety of activities. Apart from the sea vistas, the entire complex is picturesque. As you approach from the parking area at the foot of the hill, you will see a courtyard with an ancient well and a brick staircase in the distance. A path leads to a pavilion in the style of a hacienda that contains a museum. Initially, the pavilion and tower were painted white, but time and strong winds have worn away the paint, enhancing their historical appeal.

For more Ilocos trips, you may check out The Juanderers’ adventure back in time to the 16th century in Vigan City’s Calle Crisologo.

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