Today’s a special day, a day of firsts, like many other days but not quite. Today, we have a very special guest post. My parents have jumped into the blogging wagon. They were so excited about their recent trip to Coruña that they wanted to share some tips with you in case you’re planning an upcoming trip to this lovely northern city. Do you think blogging may be contagious? Oh well…so I leave you to it!
A few weeks ago we took advantage of a long weekend to scape the bustling life in the city. Chosen destination: A Coruña, second largest city in Galicia and 17th largest in Spain. This coastal city can be reached by train, and inter-city buses from almost anywhere within Spain and Portugal, and by plane from major European airports with Vueling and Iberia.
We stayed at the Hotel Eurostar Ciudad de la Coruña (★★★★), perfectly located in the Parque Escultórico de la Torre de Hércules makes of it a prime accommodation for visitors to the city. The rooms have a breath-taking view over the Atlantic Ocean, the breakfast buffet is fantastic, and to top it off they have regular discounts and promotions for guests.
From the hotel we did two routes, one towards the Ocean and another towards the city. Both of them easy to find, and with enough to do to fill a whole day.
Within walking distance from the hotel, through the Parque Escultórico (sculpture park), the Tower of Hercules (USECO World Heritage Site) can be found. This ancient Roman lighthouse is 55 meters high and watches over the North Atlantic coast of Spain since the 1st century A.D., which makes it the oldest lighthouse still in use (aprox. 2000 years old!).
If you continue walking along, you’ll come face to face with the Aquarium Finisterrae, a curious place, very interactive, and for the Verne fans, they have a reconstruction of Nemo’s “submarine” Nautiuls.
A bit further away in the same direction, you’ll come across Ensenada de Orzan and Riazor beach, really nice to take a break or come with a picnic basket. But for the real deal, take the bus and make it all the way to Monte de San Pedro, where you’ll witness the best sunsets in the city, and if you are lucky also the “green flash” given the right atmosferic conditions occur.
The city is also not far away from the hotel, so we decided to take advantage of that to get a better feel of the place than rushing around with a bus. As you walk towards the center, you’ll first encounter the peaceful Castillo de San Antón (San Anton’s Castle), home to Coruña’s archeological museum.
And the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), where many historical buildings can be visited such as la Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the Jardín de San Carlos where british general Sir John Moore tomb lays, and many “casonas señoriales” (stately homes), to name a few.
Not far is the town square (Plaza de María Pita) overlooked by reagal town hall, and the Fine Arts Museum among many other beautiful buildings.
Time for lunch don’t you think? Anywhere in this area is a good place to eat, specialities include octopus Galician style, mussel, pork shoulder, galician turnover and galician beef, all of which accompained by a chilled glass of Albariño or Ribeiro wine will marvel your tastebuds into oblivion.
To walk down the incredible experience your lunch break was, walk along the glazed houses known as the “Galerías”, down the promenade (longest in Europe with 13 Km) to the Jardínes de Méndez Nuño (Mendez Nuño Gardens) with the magnificent “Obelisk” and the modernist exhibition center “Kiosko Alfonso”.
A Coruña is a stunning little city well worth the trip and possible bad weather because in spite of the rain (or thanks to the rain) we get to witness things like this
Talking about rain, don’t forget to pack rain clothes, chances are it’ll rain at one point or another. Welcome to the North (of Spain!)
Have you ever been to A Coruña? What was your most memorable experience there? Which route would you pick?