Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), La Coruna

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Overlooking the north Atlantic coast, Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) is an intact Roman lighthouse with mythical origins. According to legend, Hercules killed the giant Geryon and buried his head where the tower now stands, then ordered a city to be built atop the site. Whatever its true beginnings, it is thought to be the oldest lighthouse still in use in the world and a landmark of Spanish history. Take a tower tour and visit the museum to learn more about its construction. A tourist tram runs along the boardwalk and makes frequent stops at the tower, as well as other places of interest in the area. If you want to use the bike path along the boardwalk instead, you'll find rental bikes at either end. To visit Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) and other attractions in La Coruna, use our La Coruna vacation trip planner.
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  • We approached strolling and decided to turn up, still making bad day and get it right. Admission is 3 Euros and you get access to the Tower, monument of the 1st century, with all the explanations about the history of the same. You have to climb a few stairs to a corredor-mirador, situated almost at the top, from which you can see great views. A complete success. We loved it.
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  • It is an ancient Roman lighthouse refurbished at medioevo, mantains the original structure inside. The view of the Bay incredible. 
  • You must visit in A Coruña. It is a faro-fortificacion built by the Romans in the 1st century, and currently the oldest of the world in operation. The Tower of Hercules was declared by Unesco World Heritage day, June 27, 2009. The sculpture park that surrounds it is a Museum in the open air in where you can see works by important artists of the last century. I recommend you immerse you in some of the stories and legends about the Tower of Hercules. Will make it live ride otherwise... the views are exceptional.
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  • Great view , if you are in the city , this is a must ! Need to climb up on stairs , there is no lift. Costs 3 Euro to enter. Sometimes the tower is closed due to strong winds . I was in A Coruña in July 2016 for a week and the tower was closed 3 days.
  • This lighthouse is the oldest in the world that is still in use. Of course the original lighthouse built by the Romans is not this one, but you can still see the foundation of it as you enter the actual building. A great view of the city of Coruña from the top.
  • Oldest working lighthouse in the world! The core of this building Roman and was found after excavation work was carried out in the 1990s. Yeh outer layer is the restoration work that was done in the 18th century. It's a interesting building and has a great view of the entrance to La Coruna harbour from the top.
  • Although it is a long walk away from the city, it is an emblematic monument of the city of Coruña. I advise you take a raincoat since it rains most of the year.
  • A must see if you're in town! I can't believe it took me years to finally go to this place! Awesome in the summer - but there's probably a wait, try going closer to closing time. (=