A Coruña in Spanish Galicia
The city that Hercules visited
There is a small city in Spanish Galicia. This is A Coruña, the capital of the province of the same name. The resort has a large fishing and trading port and is known for its well-developed fish and tobacco industries. He was also famous for the Torre de Hercules, Tower of Hercules. It is a lighthouse, which, according to preached legends, was built by the mythical strongman himself. Regardless of whether we believe these stories or not, it is worth seeing - it proudly crowns a small hill washed by waves. The tower was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
The city is also known for its distinctive glass balconies, known as galleries. Initially, they were used in royal shipyards to protect against difficult weather conditions. In the 18th century, some shipyard builders came up with the idea of integrating this type of structure into modern buildings, and thus glass galleries became fashionable.
When we get to know the famous tower, we can go for a romantic walk along the coast. While exploring the area and enjoying the views, we will pass the Finisterre Aquarium. If someone is patient enough and sits on the railing for a longer time, he will be rewarded - he will have the opportunity to see the seals play happily. Then he can move on to the rest of the trip and reach the Orzán beach, where surfers practice (after all, it's the Atlantic Ocean, such waves should not be missed!). Their characters and the sport they practice are so closely related to the area that a monument has even been dedicated to them. It is a great attraction because it does not stand on the ground - it hovers above the waves. Another interesting place is "playa de las Amorosas", or the Bay of Love. If viewed at the right angle, it resembles a heart shape.
Beaches in A Coruña
The beaches here deserve more attention. The town's coastline is long and varied, with many bays scattered along the entire length of the coast. Apart from Orzán, the Riazor beach is also popular. Both are very liked by windsurfing enthusiasts, they are characterized by large waves, they are also connected by the close vicinity of the main promenade of the resort. As they are beautiful and sandy and easy to get to from the city, they are crowded with tourists and therefore also protected by lifeguards.
San Amaro Beach is a bit further away. It is located very close to the Tower of Hercules, right next to the headland, surrounded by a small bay. There are no crowds here, because the place is less accessible and simply less known. Nearby, you can discover a similar beach, As Lapas, which also has its cove at the headland. It is a place for seekers of beauty and peace.
It is worth adding that both Orzán and Riazor, As Lapas, San Amaro, Oza and Matadero received the so-called Blue Flag - a sign of the cleanliness of bathing waters.
Attractions of the resort
It's best to come here in summer, because that's when an important Spanish festival takes place - the night of San Juan. The equivalent of our Midsummer Night is sumptuously celebrated, you can take part in great fun, see fireworks displays, parades and numerous bonfires on the beaches.
The most important square of A Coruña is María Pita Square. There is a statue of the local heroine who protected the city from the siege of the English in the 16th century. The square's attraction is also the historic town hall. It is also worth seeing Mount of San Pedro Park, a former military area from which tourists today admire the beautiful panorama of the city. There is a cafe, playgrounds and three restored artillery cannons.
Of course, you cannot miss the Paseo Maritimo, one of the largest promenades in Europe. It stretches around the city, running past the Aquarium, the Estadio Riazor (sports stadium) and the Tower of Hercules. The walk along the promenade is long but exciting. When visiting the resort, tourists can also take a special tram, which covers the section between Parrote and the Esclavas school.
The real pearl of A Coruña is Domus, otherwise known as Casa del Hombre - the world's first interactive Museum of Humanity. This is a museum devoted entirely to the human body, an amazing place designed by Arata Isozaki. Being here is a must see.
If someone has decided that they do not want to use the offer of hotels in A Coruña because they prefer to have more freedom, they can choose one of the nearby campsites. There are plenty of them here, and they are characterized by extraordinary intimacy, so no one will disturb our rest and the joy of staying in such a picturesque place.
The Pablo Gallego camping site (Plaza de María Pita, 11, 15001 Coruña) is very popular among tourists. There are many pitches for motorhomes in the grassy area and the parking price is 10 euro / day. An adult will pay 6 euros for a night spent here, a child - 5 euros, while access to electricity costs 5.5 euros a day.
The second campsite, Martisol (Moruxo, 123. Crta. Bergondo-Ramal Playa Gandario) is also recommended. Here the prices are a bit higher - you have to pay 16 euro / day for a motorhome place. For this, a child's accommodation costs 3 EUR / day, and the price of an adult's accommodation is 6 EUR / day. Both campsites are located in a beautiful area with easy access to all attractions.
A walk in A Coruña
As you can see, the tourist offer of the city is very rich. Both the sightseeing and the stay on the beach will fill our time and make us remember this trip for a long time. And who knows, maybe the longing for the coves of A Coruña will make us come back here again?
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