Corunna: Rising up out of the ocean, A Coruña, a truly seafaring city, has been both port and gateway for a countless number of peoples and cultures.
Legend has it that it was here that Hercules beheaded the giant Gerion and built a tower on the site where his mortal remains were buried. Two thousand years have passed since the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest working Roman lighthouse and UNESCO Site, first shone out across the sea.
Today that same lighthouse is a landmark for sailors and visitors to A Coruña alike.
The modern city of A Coruña, which lies in Spain’s north-western region, rises up like a huge balcony overlooking the Atlantic, offering spectacular views of its steady development and progress, its dynamic business and cultural activity and its transformation into a modern city, symbolised by the longest sea promenade in Europe.
A City of Culture and Leisure
A Coruña offers visitors a considerable number of museums and exhibition halls which hold the key to the past, the mysteries of life, the secrets of the firmament, the flora and fauna of the Atlantic coastline and a range of differing artistic trends.
Interactive and educational museums where visitors are encouraged to touch and have fun, such as the Science Museum, the Domus or the Aquarium.
The city of A Coruña is ideal for a gentle stroll. Wander along its streets and avenues and discover the Modernist architecture of its buildings, or magnificent squares such as María Pita, its famous gallery windows or the Romanic and Baroque treasures hidden in the Old City.
Those in search of nature and open spaces will be able to discover natural settings in A Coruña in which to practise water sports, or enjoy a game of golf or a horse-ride.
Leisure in A Coruña is an ocean of possibilities, from all kinds of sport (sailing, surfing, diving, horse riding, golf…) to a thermal circuit in one of the city’s spas.
Among them is the Casa del Agua one of Europe’s largest water centres and a thalassotherapy circuit that was named the best in Spain in 2007.
A Coruña also has a bicycle renting system – the ideal way to discover the city on two wheels. The bicycle lane on the promenade is a good alternative to bear in mind when planning what to do with your leisure time. Wandering round the Old City or along the numerous routes at the foot of the Tower of Hercules and all round the coast is another attractive possibility for enjoying the city in a more relaxing way.
Music can always be heard in A Coruña. The city is home to one of Spain’s finest orchestras, the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia, which will delight even the most discerning of music lovers during the Opera season.
Jazz sessions, concerts held in the Coliseum, pubs and discos, complete the city’s nightlife, which has something to suit all tastes and inclinations.
For shopaholics, the city has several shopping areas combining large department stores, elegant boutiques and traditional quaint shops. Here you can buy a simple item of craftwork or opt for the very latest designs in jewellery or Galician fashion.
The Taste of A Coruña
The wealth of ingredients and its long-standing culinary tradition make A Coruña the perfect choice for lovers of fine food and wines. Eating in the city has always been associated with the natural and simple dishes which are popular among its residents, who enjoy going out to bars, local taverns and restaurants.
The local gastronomy is based on the quality of its ingredients, and ranges from simple dishes to more elaborate culinary creations in the Michelin starred city’s restaurants.
Fish, seafood, pies, meat and vegetables, prepared in a thousand different ways to create succulent dishes that are impossible to resist.
A Coruña is the perfect starting point for your excursions in Galicia. Less than an hour´s drive away, visitors will have the opportunity to discover charming fishing villages and towns along the “Coast of Death”, or Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, journey´s end for thounsands of pilgrims.