Symbol of Oleiros

Santa Cruz Castle

Santa Cruz Castle is one of the symbols of Oleiros town, both due to its natural extraordinary beauty and landscape, as well as its high historical interest.

Its construction was commissioned in the 16th century to reinforce the city defence system, after the attack on A Coruña Port by the English Armada, led by Sir Francis Drake.

Over time it lost its strategic value and in the 19th century it became property of the family of writer Emilia Pardo Bazán. Later on, the castle became the summer residence for orphaned children from the military and it is currently the headquarters of CEIDA (Galicia’s Environmental Information and University Extension Centre), where exhibitions, courses and various activities related to the protection and safeguarding of the environment are held.

The castle is located on a little island connected to Santa Cruz Port by a pedestrian footbridge. Around the island, a coastal promenade offers a unique view of A Coruña city.

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Access rules

Opening times


Monday to Friday




Tourist information point

Temporarily closed

Location and Contact Details

981 630 618

The costs of contracting the people who work in this service is supported by:
Deputación da Coruña