Port of A Coruña in Galicia
We have always been struck by the fact that most of the tourism that arrives in Spain is concentrated around the Costa del Mediterranean and the number of those who visit the north of the country is clearly smaller.
However, for those of us who don't like the suffocating heat typical of summer, and we love the lush nature and good food, the North of Spain It is the perfect choice.
Specific Galicia It offers us a different climate to most regions of the country, since a large part of the cloud fronts that enter Spain do so in the northwest and rains are quite common.
This weather provides a spectacular green mantle full of trees and forests with a special charm.
One of the cities that receives these fronts is A Coruña, located at the most northwest end of the country, considered as the capital of the Rías Altas and the second most populous city in Galicia.
Facing you trip to Coruña, if you prefer to discover the city with the company of a Spanish guide, you can join the guided tour of A Coruña, with a duration of five hours and in which you will know its main monuments and corners.
What to see and do in A Coruña
But if you want to visit it on your own, you will find this list of essential places that you should know in this beautiful city.
Tower of Hercules in A Coruña in Galicia
Tower of Hercules
The Tower of Hercules It is, without a doubt, one of the great emblems of the city and its history is full of myths and legends.
What is clear is that it is about roman lighthouse oldest in the world and the only one of that time that is still in operation today.
This lighthouse has undergone many transformations throughout history, being reformed in the different epochs that it has been living.
Today you can visit inside, and you can even climb to its highest part to see the spectacular panoramic views of this area of the city.
Also inside you can tour the remains of the archaeological excavations that were found, and you can see some audiovisuals that explain their history.
The best time to see the halo of light from lighthouse of the Tower of Hercules It is before dawn, so if you want to enjoy it in operation, it's time to get up early.
Wind Rose in the sculptural park of the Tower of Hercules
Two Winds Rose
The Two Winds Rose It is located just below the Tower of Hercules and it is a huge mosaic which by way of compass represents the nautical directions
Different meanings are attributed to him about ancient Celtic legends, hence it is considered a very special spiritual place where positive energies converge.
It is not strange to find groups of people who sit together to enjoy the silence and the sea breeze.
It is a place that transmits a lot of peace and from where you can enjoy one of the best sunsets in A Coruña with panoramic views of Riazor beach.
Sculptural park of the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña
Torre de Hercules sculptural park
Next to the Tower of Hercules we find a park full of mysticism in which many Celtic legends have developed.
There are many historical stories about this area that refer to the sea, navigation and sea routes strongly linked to the history of the city.
The park is full of informative panels explaining these interesting legends transmitted over the years.
In this park there are some areas where you should stop as are the menhirs, dolmens or sculptures that are distributed throughout.
It is undoubtedly the best place to walk along the sea.
A Coruña Town Hall in María Pita Square
Maria Pita Square
It is the main square of the city and in which the town hall In a beautiful building.
It takes the name of one of the most important heroines of the city, to which a sculpture that presides over the square has been dedicated.
History tells that thanks to the courage of Maria Pita The city was able to survive in 1589 the siege of the English fleet that had cornered the population within its walls.
It is undoubtedly one of the backbone of A Coruña And a must for all tourists.
Lugo Square Market in A Coruña
Lugo Square Market
The rocky and brave Galician coast is bathed in the cold Atlantic Ocean, which makes it the ideal place for all types of seafood and fish.
If you are one of those who like barnacles, clams, mussels and other seafood, Galicia It is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world to eat.
For us this market is the most impressive in the city.
It is a personal opinion, since there are several markets where you can buy seafood in A Coruña, but this is undoubtedly the one with the most movement, rhythm and life.
Barnacles from the Lugo de A Coruña market
It is a large two-storey market, where the lower part is dedicated only to seafood and the upper floor to meats and vegetables.
For someone who does not live on the coast, who is a fish and seafood lover as is our case, we think it is a luxury to see so much variety and quality together.
A saleswoman told us that all tourists are impressed when they enter the market and see everything exposed, although for Galicians it is something normal that they see as routine.
After traveling through many places in the world, I can assure you that it is from the market that has impressed us the most for its quality.
Port of A Coruña
As a city of fishing tradition that is A Coruña, its port is one of the most characteristic enclaves.
Port of A Coruña in Galicia
Today you can see the moorings where the boats that go out to fish following this ancient tradition; This area is the only one that can be visited from the port.
Although occasionally in some years during the summer they usually arrive hugeschool ships who tie in it so that the whole city can visit them for free.
In the several visits we have made in summer to Coruña we have been able to get on several of them; If your stay in the city coincides with the presence of one of these ships, do not hesitate to visit it.
At the entrance of port of A Coruña, on the seafront, do not miss the building in which the casino, which you will identify by their blue domes and beautiful decorations.
And, of course, you'll see one of the city's icon images, the buildings with glazed galleries that follow each other in the area of The marine.
Tall Ships Regatta in the port of A Coruña
San Anton Castle
This 16th-century castle was part of the fortress that was used to defend the city from attacks by invaders that besieged it for several centuries.
He castle of San Antón de A Coruña it was also used as a prison, even as an area of quarantine for sailors who arrived with some disease.
Located on the old fortress, now you can visit a Museum in which you can see archaeological remains from all periods found over the years in the city.
The entrance costs 2 euros.
The port with its castle is the beginning of the promenade that runs along the west end of A Coruña.
Building of the center of A Coruña
Old Town of A Coruña
A Coruña It has always been a city linked to the influence of the sea, so its old town has many buildings of fishing tradition and vestiges of colonial houses with spectacular ornamentation.
Walking through the old town is walking through years of history, and where you can see large windows that impress any visitor.
It is currently the area with the most life in the city, where the vast majority of restaurants and walking zones from A Coruña.
It is a perfect place to get lost among its streets stopping to enjoy its cuisine.
San Pedro viewpoint in A Coruña
San Pedro viewpoint
Whenever we visit a city we like to know the viewpoints from which to enjoy views in height.
From my point of view, the most beautiful of A Coruña is the San Pedro viewpoint located at the east end of the Riazor beach.
It can be accessed by car, or by funicular from the same promenade, which takes you to the top of the hill.
It is a green space where a restaurant with huge windows is located, and where it is worth sitting for a while to enjoy the panoramic views of A Coruña.
Boardwalk on the beach of Riazor in A Coruña
The city of A Coruña it wouldn't be the same without the spectacular Riazor beach, reference point for it.
It is a beach not very big, but with a lot of charm, since it is located in the center of the city.
Have a promenade beautiful through which the old tram tracks run, and a place where the inhabitants of A Coruña They usually walk whenever they can.
For the more soccer players, at one end of the beach is the football stadium of Deportivo de la Coruña, whose stadium has the same name.
He is one of the most important teams in the country and in his stadium we have been fortunate to be able to watch a game during our last trip.
Villa next to the Riazor beach in A Coruña
What and where to eat in A Coruña
Undoubtedly one of the strengths of all of northern Spain, and especially Galicia, is its gastronomy.
There are few places where you can eat so well at such affordable prices.
Meat, seafood, vegetables, Galician bread, wines ... the variety and quality is impressive.
Its white wines are very famous. as Galicia they have five zones with denomination of origin, which have converted to this community in a reference in wines like their Alvariños or Ribeiros.
Views from the park of the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña
We will recommend a restaurant which is certainly one of the best, if not the best of A Coruña, and is the Melide Pulpería, always mandatory stop on our visits to the city.
They do not present you with a fixed menu, but it varies according to the seasonal products that are on the market that day, although, yes, the octopus cooked in a copper casserole is always a fixed.
The menu changes but always eats spectacular, it really is very worthwhile, there is nothing to see that it is always full.
Although it must be said that almost anywhere you enter eat in A Coruña you are going to eat great, and in this regard I also point out the Estrella de Galicia Brewery.