Starting the day, we are about to leave the picturesque harbour of San Stefano, supplied with our complementary cruise pack. Heading north towards Kassiopi, there lies the ecosystem of “Erimitis”, an area of outstanding natural beauty and great environmental importance. Three little lakes and crystal clear beaches (i.e Akoli beach) emerge, rendering a stopover for a swim, worthwhile.
Right opposite Akoli beach, the imposing lighthouse of Kaparelli rises up. We can approach it closely enough so as to witness how nature has been mastering itself for some time now. The lighthouse was constructed by the British in 1823, during the “Septinsular Republic”. Its tower was lit in 1928 for the first time and the source of illumination was generally olive oil. It served as the only lighthouse in the Greek lighthouse network which embodied huge water storage tanks.
The height of the tower is 9 metres, the focal height (height of the lamp from water level) is 32 metres, and it was built 23,5 metres above sea level. In 1887 it was customised so as to emit a steady bright light with instant, intermittent red flashes per minute, increasing the light’s visibility at a greater distance. The sea and the structure were interconnected with a 15-metre-long iron staircase, yet been destroyed over the years, and a lamp right on top of the staircase.
Today, the lighthouse is no longer maintained and the lamp is replaced by an automatic lamp changer installed with a range of 5 nautical miles.