Did you ever heard of Coruña? A Spanish little town in province of Galicia.
If not, I’m taking you on a ride around this little cute city!
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. It’s the second most populated city in the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name, having also served as political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative centre between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela.
A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the Golfo Ártabro, a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. It provides a distribution point for agricultural goods from the region.
Tourism in A Coruña has increased in recent years to the point of receiving 62 cruise ships a year. The two main beaches of A Coruña (Orzán and Riazor) are located in the heart of the city and are bordered by the promenade above. This location makes them a great attraction for tourists, being also a meeting point for surfers much of the year. Moreover, the city has other beaches like As Lapas, San Amaro, Oza and Matadoiro. These four beaches, along with Riazor and Orzán, were recognized with blue flag certification in 2011.
A Coruña’s emblem, the Tower of Hercules, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city’s top attraction. It is a structure that represents the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, during which A Coruña was a strategic port city that granted the Romans access to the British Isles. In 62 B.C., Emperor Julius Caesar visited A Coruña, which at the time was called Brigantium. His visit marks the beginning of the city’s evolution into one of the grandest metropolises of the Western Roman Empire.
Once the Roman Empire collapsed, the city often fell victim to Viking and Norman attacks, but its people managed to persevere. A Coruña’s most defining moment came on January 16, 1809, during the Battle of Corunna when the British defeated the Napoleonic French troops, who were after control of the Iberian Peninsula. It was during this historic battle that British Army officer Sir John Moore, perished. His tomb is now located in A Coruña’s San Carlos Gardens.
A Coruña is a city full of surprises. From the medieval Cidade Vella, or old town, to the ultra modern 21st century buildings along the water, A Coruña’s urban layout is stunning and singular. It is the perfect walking city because of the Paseo Marítimo, a ten-kilometer-long seaside promenade that encircles the city. Once the project is completed, it will be the longest of it’s kind in Europe. A distinctive culture exists here – one that is closely tied to the sea. Urban beaches, striking architecture and picturesque water views at every turn contribute to the city’s charismatic ambiance.
Torre de Hércules
Since 2009, this Roman lighthouse has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It measures 180 feet in height and looks over the northern Atlantic Ocean like a sentinel. It was originally constructed in the 2nd century A.D. and is the oldest Roman lighthouse still in operation!
The Torre de Hércules, or the Tower of Hercules, has evolved into the symbol of the city. If you’re wondering why its façade doesn’t look, well, ancient; it’s because it was almost entirely reconstructed during the 18th century as part of a three-year project by King Carlos IV.
For those who don’t shy away from a little exercise, the Paseo Marítimo is the best way to stroll around the city on foot. And I do mean around; this scenic promenade winds around the entire old town from the Orzón Beach to the marina by María Píta Square. When completed, this impressive stretch of pedestrian-friendly walkway will be eight miles in length.
The Paseo Marítimo not only has unobstructed ocean views, it also guides visitors directly to many of A Coruña’s attractions, including the Torre de Hércules, Castillo de San Antón, Aquarium Finisterre, Domus and several urban beaches.
If walking a six-mile stretch does not appeal to you, there is always the tram system, or tranvía. These colorful trolleys were made a permanent part of the tourism scene here in 1997.
A 123-acre urban park adorned with sculptures, benches and grassy lawns surrounds the Torre de Hércules. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower for optimal views of the city and the surrounding ocean. General admission for Torre de Hércules is €3, entrance is free on Mondays.
To Coruña I went for a day trip. I take a walk around the city and the rest of the day I was just laying on the beach enjoying sun.
That was my little walk around Coruña and my recommendation what to see there.
I hope you had a great time to reading it and that this will motivate you to put a Coruña on your bucket list while you’re on your trip around Spain.
Because the Spain is not just Madrid and Barcelona, it’s so much more! 😉