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The Baliza de sa Punta Plana

I am not quite sure what a Baliza is. From afar it looks just like any old lighthouse. Perhaps a Baliza is a secondary lighthouse of smaller proportions with a shorter reach of signal. Anyway, the Baliza de sa Punta Plana can be found near s’Estanyol de Migjorn (419 inhabitants), not far from Sa Rapita. The small lighthouse is not listed on the Faros de Baleares (Balearic Lighthouses) website, nor is any other smaller lighthouse such as the one in Colònia de Sant Jordi, to give just one more example. But let me quote from that website; there seems to be a classification by focal distance of lighthouse signals:

In the 19th Century, lighthouses were classified into six orders, following the French practice. This classification was based on the focal distance of the lighthouse’s optic; the most powerful were the lighthouses of the 1st Order with 900 mm focal distance optics and the least, those of the 6th Order with much smaller optics of 150 mm of focal distance.

The photos were taken near s’Estanyol de Migjorn, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 24th, 2012. The time was 16:31:28 and 16:28:35, respectively.

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  1. Just wanted to let you know how much I look forward to your daily photo. It´s been quite a few years since i visited Mallorca. I must have a look if there is a budget airline flying from Málaga. 🙂
    You always have such lovely photos. Well done!

    • hola marianne,
      thank you so much for your nice compliment. there is a budget airline between málaga and palma (airberlin). in november they do flights to pmi from 124 euro all in (ida y vuelta). if you should come we could meet for a coffee.
      klaus

      • Thanks for the information, Klaus. AirBerlin – well I wouldn´t have known that! If ever I have the chance to fly over to Mallorca I will certainly let you know.

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