The lucky geographical location in a Sandy isthmus surrounded by the sea made that A Coruña was attacked many times during the two millennia it has existed. It is indeed a city full of history. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!
A Coruña is a historical city, modern and magnificent, with gorgeous sea inlets, bays and excellent beaches, together with several monuments and museums. Thus, things to do in A Coruña can take you a couple of days to accomplish them all. If you had some spare time, we would recommend you to visit the surrounding areas of Betanzos and Pontedeume.
A Coruña is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and in fact, Riazor and Orzán beaches are proof of it. The Peninsula where the Old city is located, apart from the Heracles Tower (a symbol of the city), is a combination of different Romanesque streets, plazas and medieval and Baroque churches. Among the main sights of the city are the remains of the walls, Santiago (12th century, the oldest church in A Coruña, declared Historical-Artistic Monument) and Santa María del Campo (it houses the Sacred Art Museum) churches. However, the nerve center of the city is María Pita Plaza, presided over by María Pita Statue, representing the heroine carrying a lance, and the sub-lieutenant who led the attack against the city in 1589 at her feet.
Santa María del Campo Church
The city has several castles and fortresses that guide you throughout the history of A Coruña. San Antón Castle dates back to the 16th century, built in order to protect the city against the attacks from the sea. It became a prison in the 18th century until 1960, when it was granted to the City Hall. It was declared Historical Artistic Monument in 1949, and of Cultural Interest in 1994. Since 1968 it houses the Archeological and Historical Museum of A Coruña. Among other museums we would like to highlight are: the Fine Arts Museum of A Coruña (it has works by Murillo, Tintoretto, Rubens and Goya), Museum of Man, and the Science Museum, which together with the Aquarium Finisterrae, will delight your children. Although it is not a museum, the typical houses with white glazed galleries built in the 19th century constitute one of the most famous views of the city. You can also learn about the most important figures of the history of the city, since their houses have now become museums as well. Among them, you should visit the heroine María Pita House Museum, the writer Emilia Pardo Bazán’s House, the Republican politician Casares Quiroga’s House, and the painter Pablo Picasso’s House where he lived between the years 1891 and 1895.
The Virgin of the Rosario is the patron saint of A Coruña. The festival commemorating it is held in the first eight days of October. The city also celebrates the Hogueras (Bonfire) of San Juan on June 23rd, and celebrations devoted to María Pita are held throughout August.
You can find many hotels where to sleep in A Coruña. Among them, we highlight the following ones: Hesperia Finisterre, the only five-stars hotel, with sea views and all kinds of facilities; Hesperia A Coruña, with a sports center (Metropolitan La Solana) available for guests, together with a gym, and a heated seawater pool; Melía María Pita, facing Orzán and Riazor beaches; and NH La Coruña Atlántico, next to the beach and the city center.
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A Coruña has numerous products related to the sea: both seafood (small crab, spider crab, scallop, prawn, lobster…) and fish such as monkfish or turbot. Beef is also very good here. Go through the locality and try Couto pepper (with PGI), Herbón pepper (with certificate of origin), and turnover. Definitely try octopus a feira (“fair style octopus”: boiled potatoes together with octopus, praprika and olive oil) or lacón with potatoes (shoulder of pork) with potatoes and paprika as well. As for deserts, try the famous Tetilla cheese with certificate of origin, or Santiago’s Cake with almond (with PGI), Coffee Liquor, honey from Galicia and chestnut. Since 2004, there is a tapa contest every September in which you can participate and evaluate the tapas.
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There are so many restaurants in A Coruña that it will not be easy to choose one. A Pulpeira de Melide stands out because of the mixture of Galician food with the cuisine of other cultures. If you visit the Man’s Museum, do not miss the restaurant there, Casa Pardo. Alborada, awarded one Michelin star in 2010, has an avant-garde cuisine that will not let you down. For tapas, you can either go to the bars located in the streets between the Marina Avenue and the Real Street (La Bombilla, O Courno, A Troula, O Tarabelo and A Mundiña) or to the surroundings of the Lugo Plaza (Cienfuegos, La Bodeguilla and Ribera & Compañía, among others).
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You can find many places to hang out. In the old city we recommend Patachín and La Velvet. In the Orzan district, Tatraplán is a classic for rock lovers. In Riazor, you must go to Discoteca Chaston, Sala Garufa Club and the famous Playa Club. You will probably be hungry after dancing all night long, so go to Bonilla to try their amazing churros.
Finally, we present you a list of hotels where you can spend the night in A Coruña as well as some restaurants and bars you shouldn’t miss!
NB: Some of the links provided will lead you to websites in Spanish.
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