Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), La Coruna

Must see · World heritage site · Lighthouse · Landmark
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. On either end of the bike path along the boardwalk you'll find rental bikes. Seasonal hours, please visit website for more info. Make Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) a part of your La Coruna vacation plans using our La Coruna trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • This is one of those iconic places in Spain. Arguably, the oldest existing lighthouse worldwide. But more than the lighthouse itself (which is just 3€ the visit) the surroundings are the truly...  more »
  • Because of the Covid-19 and the lack of ventilation in the tower, the number of visitors is limited to 10 every 45 minutes. In other words, no prior booking = no entry as everything is quickly full...  more »
  • One of Hercules tasks, lots of story here, must see if you are in Galicia. The view at the top is magical.  more »
  • Very interesting monument. If you feel well you can go up the more than 200 steps of the tower. Really nice sightseeing of A Coruña from the top. Do not forget to buy your tickets at the bottom of the area. They are not sold in the basement of the tower so you have to come back again
  • Great place to visit and the view is absolutely beautiful - make sure to buy tickets to the tower BEFORE walking up to the structure you can find the ticket office in the parking lot it is 3 euros per person which I found pretty reasonable. While you do need to walk up to the top of the tower the climb isn't bad at all and the flights of steps are broken up into levels with interesting information about the lighthouse between flights of steps. Pictures give some idea of the view
  • Worth Visiting When you are Close anyway and have some time left, but don't expect Something really spectacular. Of course the View from the Hercules is very nice*
  • It’s really cool to see a Roman lighthouse. The park around it is nice to walk around. As for visiting, if you happen to drop by, come before noon. They stagger the visits, which is good, but it’s poorly organized. It would be nice if they let you know how things stand before you waste time queuing. Though that experience is par for the course in Spain. We were in line for 20-25 minutes at 13h before we were told the next available visit was in a few hours time. You can see the outside for free. If you come by car, parking will be difficult- plan 30-45 minutes to find parking if you come midday or afternoon.
  • Very nice place to visit. I didn't climb to the tower but the views from the base were lovely. There are many tracks to walk, a large "compass" made of tiles and some other interesting structures. Highly recommended.

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