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La Coruna, Spain

A Coruña is located in Galicia, Spain.
It is 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, it also served as the political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative center 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.

A Coruña has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) in the Köppen climate classification, heavily moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. Autumn and winter are often unsettled and unpredictable, with strong winds and abundant rainfall... Read more

La Coruna, Spain

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A Coruña is located in Galicia, Spain.
It is 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, it also served as the political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative center 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.

A Coruña has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) in the Köppen climate classification, heavily moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. Autumn and winter are often unsettled and unpredictable, with strong winds and abundant rainfall coming from Atlantic depressions, and it is often overcast. The ocean keeps temperatures mild, and frost and snow are rare. Summers are mostly sunny, with only occasional rainfall; temperatures are warm but rarely uncomfortably hot because of the sea's cooling influence during the day, most often being around 22 °C (72 °F) between July and September. Spring is usually cool and fairly calm. Even the warmest month on record was relatively subdued, being August 2003 with an average high temperature of 25 °C (77 °F). Temperatures above 25 °C (77 °F) occur many days in the summer, while temperatures above 30 °C (86 °F) are infrequent.


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La Coruna, Spain: Port Information


Cruise liners dock in the center of the city, and everything is within walking distance.
Cruise terminal has everything you need. There’s a large shopping center.
Taxis are available.

Get around La Coruna, Spain


If you want to go along the seafront promenade (paseo marítimo) you can use the tram, which will carry you from the football stadium (Riazor) to the other side of the city, near the town hall.

Taxis are white, with a green light on the top showing they are free.

What to see in La Coruna, Spain


In the Cidade Vella, you can find (among others):

  • Castelo de San Antón. This Castle holds an interesting Archaeological Museum. It used to be located on an island.
  • Church of Santiago

    . Located in the Old Town, the church is originally Medieval but has seen major changes.
  • Colexiata de Santa María

    . Now hosting the Museum of Sacred Art.
  • Museo Militar. The Military Museum holds collections of weapons, uniforms, maps and so on.
  • Museo Emilia Pardo Bazán. A museum dedicated to one great Spanish writer of the XIX century. The building also houses the Galician Language Academy
  • Xardín de San Carlos. A beautiful and romantic garden. Often used for wedding photoshoots, and where the remains of Sir John Moore (a British General that fought in the Elviña battle during the Napoleonic wars) lie.

Some other sights:

  • Torre de Hércules

    —Roman lighthouse. Apparently, this is the oldest lighthouse in the world that is still in use. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Castro de Elviña—Castros are Roman or pre-Roman settlements. This particular castro has been neglected for a long time and is undergoing major archaeological work. Many findings are on display on the Castelo de San Antón.
  • The port
  • Casa de las Ciencias—Science Museum
  • Domus—Another science museum, dealing with the human body.
  • Aquarium Finisterrae—An aquarium, very close to the Domus.
  • Picasso's home which you cannot visit; there is simply a small plaque to identify it.
  • María Pita´s square, with the Council Building
  • Fine Arts Museum

What to do in La Coruna, Spain


  • Beaches. The beaches of Orzán and Riazor (situated on the Western side of the peninsula) provide a nice sandy beach within the city itself. However, if you are used to swimming in the Mediterranean, you might find the water slightly cold.
  • Paseo Marítimo. The seafront promenade that surrounds the peninsula provides an opportunity for nice strolls. Starting by the La Marina, you can proceed on to the Castelo de San Antón, the Dique de Abrigo, towards the Torre de Hércules, Casa de los Peces, Casa del Hombre, Orzán and Riazor beaches, Millennium monument, and proceed towards the area known as O Portiño, on the flanks of Monte de San Pedro. This last bit of the promenade is outside the main city.

What to eat and drink in La Coruna, Spain


Eat

You will find a huge selection of typical Spanish cafeterias. Most restaurants offer seafood dishes of good quality.
You will also find a good number of hamburgueserias, a few Italian restaurants/pizzerias, and at least one typical Mexican restaurant.
Prices are similar to the rest of Spain.

Drink

The local beer is called Estrella Galicia.

  • La Gloira (Tea Bar la Gloira), calle San-Francisco. In the old city. a lovely tea bar with a miscellaneous accumulation of objects as an unlikely decoration. Drinking a mint tea in this place sat on sofas or cushions is a real pleasure.
  • A Repichoca, Orillamar, 13. One of the best places in town to have a truly Galician night. Drink licor café, buy handmade crafts or just enjoy one of the spontaneous parties that happen every now and then with people bringing their own instruments to play and dance to traditional Galician music.
  • Momos, Santo Domingo 16. A great little restaurant with a witches’ theme. A good place to drop in for a drink and complimentary tapas. The Menu del Dia offers several choices, quality food, and unbeatable value. You may have to queue or reserve a table but it’s well worth it.

Shopping in La Coruna, Spain


Shopping malls, fashion boutiques, street markets, gift stores, art galleries - La Coruna offers great shopping. Popular items include ​Galician ceramics, jewelry, accessories, clothes, food, and others.

Safety in La Coruna, Spain


Galicia is, in general, a safe place to visit. Observe the usual caution in larger towns and cities. Having said that, you will be perfectly ok in any Galician city just by using your common sense, and you will probably feel safer than in most Western European cities.

Drug trafficking and drug-related activities and crime are not uncommon. However, this seldom transpires beyond some areas and rarely affects the occasional tourist.

The general telephone number as in all EU countries is: 112. Remember that it is rare that the person will be able to communicate in your language.

For the:
national police - 091
local police - 092
Civil Guard - 062
Ambulance - 061

Language spoken in La Coruna, Spain


Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

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June 19, 2019
Europe/Madrid

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