La Coruña, Friday 6th August 2010

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La Torre de Hercules

We are in La Coruña at last, as far west as e intend to go on this trip, unless we decide to visit Finisterre next week, but we are not sure yet.

It’s been a horrible drive on that awful national road N634 from Ribadeo, past Mondoñedo and all the way to Villalba, where we re-joined the autovia.  The national road was full of holes and ridges, very windy and steep in places and it was very trying for Adonis, who drove all the way.  It’s a shame that the E70/A6 motorway is only half built: it would have saved a lot of time and bother.

So we made it here for 1 pm, but the road to La Torre de Hercules (the oldest working lighthouse in the world, dating back to Roman times, and a UNESCO monument and museum) was shut and had to come back round through city, which was another nightmare, due to the sheer volume of traffic, so we made our way back towards the beach and followed the Paseo Maritimo all the way to this car park, right by the Torre and the monument to Breogan.

Breogan Momument

Sunset at La Torre de Hercules

I’ve phoned my family and we’ve agreed to meet at 6.30pm by the monument.  We had lunch soon after arriving in car park at 2 pm and Pepo and I have just come back from walking Bramble round the path surrounding the Torre and taken pictures of lovely ragged cliffs and sea.  Adonis is having a siesta and we’re going to rest for a bit before meeting family.

I’d like to add that camping at Taurán was absolutely marvellous, as was the beach itself, and we’ll try and stop there again on our way back east.

Lighthouse in action

        

View from around Torre de Hercules

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