Tower of Hercules

A Coruña
Galicia
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The oldest operating lighthouse in the world, the Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the late 1st century AD. Standing 59m high, the tower has been remodelled several times, most significantly the Neoclassical flourishes that the tower received in 1788 by the engineer Eustaquio Giannini. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2009, the tower still bears the Latin inscription of its original Roman architect at its foot.

Nearby attractions

The Aquarium Finisterrae, the 'aquarium at the end of the world' stands on the Atlantic coast below the Tower of Hercules lighthouse.

One of the city's most interesting monuments, San Anton castle (Castillo de San Antón) in A Coruña was constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries.

A visit to Santiago de Compostela cathedral is unmissable in order to admire the stunning architecture and to travel below the cathedral to the underground cemetery containing St James' tomb amongst other Roman, Swabian and...

Places to visit nearby

A Coruña in Galicia is a busy port town and historical city, famous for the Battle of Corunna during the Peninsular Wars, which juts out on a pretty peninsula into the Atlantic.

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia is the destination of the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, and a remarkable place of historic and religious importance.

A Coruña in Galicia is a busy port town and historical city, famous for the Battle of Corunna during the Peninsular Wars, which juts out on a pretty peninsula into the Atlantic.