Seville Snapshots: The Torre de Hércules of La Coruña

From nearly everywhere along the isthmus that makes up the city of La Coruña, one can see the lone lighthouse, standing guard against a rocky shoreline. This city symbol, which even appears in the city crest atop skull and crossbones and flanked by conch shells, is the longest-operating lighthouse in the world and now ranks as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In a city with few historical sites to enjoy, the Torre is probably anyone’s first stop on a trip to Coruña, though I myself have only entered once. Climb the stairs up to the top daily from 9am in the summertime. Tickets are only 3€, and Mondays the visit is free.

Have you ever been to La Coruña? What are your favorite things to do?

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. Really looking forward to going up to the top of this lighthouse in the fall! It’s hard to believe it was built by the ROMANS and is still in use. Chills.

    (Psst…there’s something on your lens glass or camera sensor that’s leaving a little floaty or two in the top/right of the first pic! Eeek!)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Ew, I know. I noticed and had the blogger at camp clean them for me, but they’ve dirty again after the Camino! I am so excited for you to go live in Santiago, ps.

  2. No, but I’d love to :)
    That first shot is lusciously beautiful, Fiona.
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  3. I’ve never been to La Coruña, but everyone keeps telling me to go! Guess I’ll have to stop by soon.
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  4. Wow – the longest-operating lighthouse in the world? Never knew that!

    Hope the last few days of your Camino goes well for you and Hayley :) Not long now!
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