The Tower of Hercules is located in A Coruña, Galicia in the northwest of Spain. Myth has it that this is where Hercules and the giant tyrant Geryon battled continuously for three days and three nights until finely Hercules slew the giant. He then ordered that the bones be buried here and a city be built to commemorate the victory. This myth blends Celtic and Greco-Roman elements in one.
While that is the legend, the tower dates back to at least the second century with a Phoenician design. It is considered the oldest lighthouse in the world and has been in constant use. In 2009 it was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This coastline also is historically significant in that before Columbus discovered the Americas, this was believed to be the edge of the world.
Not only is the tower incredibly impressing but the surround area is beautiful as well. The coast here is rocky; I was mesmerized by the swirling blue waters below. With winding paths around the coastal landscape, this is something you can not miss! In addition, there is a giant mosaic compass just in front of the tower (maybe it is just me, but I am fascinated with compasses!). A Coruña has been one of my favorite cities because of its amazingly blue ocean view. For more on cities in Spain don’t miss Travelogx!