Up on a hill barely a couple of kilometers away from the centre of A Coruña, the Tower of Hercules is an ancient Roman lighthouse that has witnessed a good share of Galicia's maritime history. At the foot of the lighthouse, spectacular underwater cliffs ranging from 8 to 40 meters stretch into the sea, surrounded by meandering channels that narrow to just one metre wingspan. At the bottom, the Aegean Sea tanker that sank in 1992 is one of the many shipwrecks that attract scuba divers to these waters.
The ship was on its route to A Coruña from Scotland. Allegedly, a heavy storm managed to push the ship off course and cause her to run aground. A rescue team was sent immediately but failed to keep the ship from breaking in half. The sunken wreckage displays the ship's engine, boilers and the hold, which offer shelter to the usual marine "suspects" of this area, especially bream, large bass, pintos, wrasses, octopus, cuttlefish, lobsters, crabs, eels, rays and even every now and then the Dogfish shark.