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Tower of Hercules, Spain

From series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in Spain”
Year: 1 century A.C.. Height: 55 m.

The old active lighthouse is one of the main attractions of the Spanish city of La Coruna. It is called the Tower of Hercules. This lighthouse was built during the Roman Empire. It is considered the oldest lighthouse on the planet today. The tower is located on a rocky peninsula. The height of the peninsula is 57 meters above sea level. The height of the lighthouse is 55 meters. According to historical data, the lighthouse was built at the turn of the 1st-2nd centuries A.D. It was continuously used until the early Middle Ages.

Tower of Hercules, Spain It remained in disrepair for more than a hundred years afterward. Residents had an interest in the old lighthouse only by the beginning of the 15th century. The city of La Coruna had the status of a major port during this period. It needed a powerful lighthouse for the regulation of Maritime navigation. The lighthouse owes its current name to a beautiful legend. According to it, Hercules fought the giant Geryon on the rocky peninsula for three days.

Hercules decided to build a tower on the peninsula after he finally defeated his enemy. He brought people from Galatia here after that. They founded the first city near the peninsula afterward. The ancient lighthouse has irrevocably lost some of its original design elements over hundreds of years of existence. Its first wooden staircase was replaced with a stone one. The fourth floor was added to the lighthouse in the late 18th century. It increased its height by 21 meters. Some elements have been preserved after almost 2,000 years. The granite walls of the lighthouse are among them. Their thickness is more than two meters. Next - Cordoba City Center

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Cajero automático Caixabank' located in 1.16 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Automóviles Lorga Ford Coruña' is located in 0.89 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Repsol' in 1.14 km
Supermarket: 'Manuel Mourelle Antelo' in 0.7 km
Parking: 'Parking BUS' in 0.52 km
Apotheek: 'Mª Dolores Prieto Nieto' in 0.69 km
Police station: 'Policía Local da Coruña' in 1.45 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurante Aquarium Finisterrae' in 0.26 km
Railway station: 'A Coruña' in 3.71 km

Nearest airports:
 »  A Coruna Airport LCG - in 9 km
 »  Santiago de Compostela Airport SCQ - in 54 km
 »  Peinador Airport VGO - in 130 km
 »  Asturias Airport OVD - in 192 km
 »  Chaves Airport CHV - in 199 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Tower of Hercules

Pensión Residencia Alborán

Located in 1 km from Tower of Hercules
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Rooms: 30
Featuring a private bathroom, all the rooms in Pensión Residencia Alborán have a flat-screen TV and central heating. Some of them have a balcony … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Maycar

Located in 2 km from Tower of Hercules
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Rooms: 54
Featuring wooden floors, all rooms have a private bathroom with a shower. There is also a desk, wardrobe and telephone. A laundry service is … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Adelia

Located in 3 km from Tower of Hercules
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Rooms: 24
All heated rooms feature simple décor and come with flat-screen TV, telephone and a private bathroom. Bed linen and towels are included. The hotel … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Carris Marineda

Located in 4 km from Tower of Hercules
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Rooms: 113
Set in the Grela-Bens Business Park, the hotel is next to a bus stop and taxi stand. Alvedro Airport is 7 km away and the hotel is a 10-minute drive … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Tower of Hercules - A Coruna

Young travelers will surely appreciate Aquapark Cerceda. The complex is small but very spacious, the smallest ones will like this place more than others. However, not only children can find entertainment for themselves - all kinds of water rides are available here for people of any age category. The water park is unique of its kind and is considered the best in Galicia. That is why here you can spend a whole day without even noticing how it flew by so fast. The park houses a cafe where amazingly delicious pizza and ice cream are served. Here you can also find Jardin Botanico Cerceda, a great place to contemplate and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Another place that kids will surely love is Aquarium Finisterrae. The most valuable "artifact" of the aquarium is the "Nautilus" room where instead of the walls there are panoramic windows behind which fish swim. In total, the center has four exhibition halls and a biological collection including more than 300 fish species. In addition, interesting rides, many interactive exhibits, as well as seal shows, are offered to children of all ages.
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