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Torre de Hércules

The Tower of Hercules  is a Roman lighthouse located on a cape, facing the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the entrance to the estuary overlooking the port of A Coruna, Galicia (Spain).

The ancient port of Brigantium was renamed in the twelfth century Ad Columnam, that is to say The Column or the Tower (of the lighthouse), from which directly derives the current name of A Coruna (whose Galician form “A Coruna” well that the official name in Spain is “La Coruna”).

The Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse – and the oldest lighthouse in the world – in operation today. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List on 27 June 2009 under criterion III

Access : Coordinates:43.385833, -8.406389 / Location : Dr. Vazquez Iglesias s/n, 15002 La Coruna, Spain /   The park is about 30 minutes walk away from Plaza Maria Pita and the heart of the old town in La Coruna.
Public transport: You can take bus 3, 3A or 5. There is also a tourist tram that travels 12.5 kms around top tourist spots from Puerta Real to Las Esclavas.  by bike : renting electric bikes and follow the coastal path.

LightHouse Specifications : Built 2nd century CE , Description Quadrangular tower, octagonal top, Cantaria, 55 metres (180 ft) tall , Scope 23 nautical miles

Hours : June–Sept daily 10am–9pm, Oct–May 10am–6pm / Entrance Fee : 3€ adults, 1.50€ seniors and students

Services : Tours and Travel Services / archaeological museum at entry level / parking lots

Activities : sightseeing : There is a sculpture garden featuring works by Pablo Serrano and Francisco Leiro. / Walking , a 13km coastal path that starts at the port and stretches to Monte San Pedro, the path Paseo Maritimo includes city’s major sights and the Torre de Hercules /  photo opportunities

Nearby Attractions : Acuarium Finisterrae / Santa Maria del Campo / Museo Arqueologico e Historico Castillo de Santo Anton / Praza (Plaza) de Maria Pita / Elevador Panoramico Monte San Pedro

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