Written by teddyña on 31 Oct, 2003
This is a more personal view about Coruña. First I have to explain that in Spanish, it's said LA CORUÑA, although in Galician (the language spoken there), it’s A CORUÑA. I prefer to call it just CORUÑA. Although we have our own language (that is…Read More
This is a more personal view about Coruña. First I have to explain that in Spanish, it's said LA CORUÑA, although in Galician (the language spoken there), it’s A CORUÑA. I prefer to call it just CORUÑA. Although we have our own language (that is because once upon a time, Galicia belonged to the same kingdom as Portugal, so you can say it's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese). not everybody speaks it. It's not like in Catalonia. It's more like an internal language fight that has to do with locals, but it shouldn't affect you.
On holiday, days can start with a nice breakfast in any of the bars that you can find in LA MARINA. This is a charming place just in front of the sea, the port, sheltered by the buildings, but with huge arches on the street. And then it's up to you to walk around the place or just lay down on the beach.
The beach is easy to find. Coruña is a peninsula; on one of the shores of the isthmus, you have the harbour, and on the other one, you'll find ENSENADA DEL ORZAN, that comprises RIAZOR, ORZAN, and MATADERO beaches. The only thing to do is just stay there and get sun-tanned. I'll go on with the walking tour.
The old town is a bunch of streets, full of history during daylight and full of bars at night. The best caipirinhas ever are at O REI DAS CAIPIRINHAS; the best patatas bravas and sangria are in MORETA just behind PLAZA DE MARIA PITA, the only main square in Spain dedicated to a woman. There is one of the most beautiful city halls (building) around. From there, you'll find narrow streets full of small restaurants where you can enjoy typical TAPAS and SHELLFISH -- very cheap!! And also enjoy a porron (glass wine jar with a long spout) of Priorato (sweet wine from Catalonia) wine in O PRIORATO. Buy something in CALLE REAL, where you can buy from a tacky souvenir to designer clothes. And then you reach LOS CANTONES, one of the oldest gardens in town, with some of the most important museums (KIOSCO ALFONSO, ESTACION MARITIMA . . . ).
Now you can meet your friends who got burnt on the beach in PLAZA DE PONTEVEDRA, one of the best-known meeting points in the city and go for a walk to PARQUE DE SANTA MARGARITA, where children can play and adults can relax. A very cultural visit could be CASA DE LAS CIENCIAS, which full of activities to bring science close to children and also adults because you can enjoy a one hour session in the PLANETARIUM watching the stars. This could be done in one day.
If you have more days to spend on the city, you can go around it in the "almost" biggest promenade in Europe where you'll see the oldest working lighthouse in the world, TORRE DE HERCULES, which was built by the Romans, and, of course, rebuilt some times since then. You’ll also see DOMUS or Man Museum, where you'll find interactive activities about humans, the AQUARIUM, where you'll find local and exotic species; if you're lucky, you can enjoy a match with our sports stars, DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA in football and LICEO in hockey. MONTE DE SAN PEDRO was a defense place for the city, but because we are not in war anymore, you'll find an outstanding view of the whole city.
Nights are really fun, but I will not explain anything. You only have to ask for ORZAN or CALLE DE LOS VINOS and there you go!!!!
If you want to see some pictures, go to website, and
is a virtual tour around the city.
Written by teddyña on 03 Sep, 2003
A Coruña is a perfect place to know Spain and the Spaniards. Although every year the number of tourists is increasing, forget about the invasions you can see in the south. Some foreigners can be seen around, usually students or cruise travellers, but most of…Read More
A Coruña is a perfect place to know Spain and the Spaniards. Although every year the number of tourists is increasing, forget about the invasions you can see in the south. Some foreigners can be seen around, usually students or cruise travellers, but most of the tourists travelling there are Spanish families avoiding the heat and the massive beaches of the south.
Although Galicia´s weather is usually rainy and cloudy, and we cannot garantee the sun as in Andalucia, summers are warm and beautiful. Lots of sunny days and good temperature to go to the beach and get tanned. There are lots of beaches in Galicia and all are different.
Going out? A Coruña has different places with different environments. To go for a coffee, for a beer, dancing, you can have anything, and if you are in the centre (Orzan Area or Plaza de Maria Pita), you can have everything. Just ask the locals.
And you can also find history there. Picasso lived and studied there, and here´s where he learned to paint. The Battle of Elviña, against the English happened there. The oldest lighthouse still on duty is the famous TORRE DE HERCULES, the symbol of the city.