La Coruña (Galicia): history and culture

La Coruña (Galicia): history and culture

Day or night, there is always life in La Coruña. This is a city for strolling and enjoying life, with miles of beaches, a beautiful Tower of Hércules overlooking the area, and a long seafront promenade which goes almost all the way around the city.

The inhabitants of La Coruña are famous for living well, so follow their example. Sit at a café on the main square known as Plaza de María Pita and discover its fascinating history. Or stroll along the area of the Cantones and admire the famous glass windows, from the Modernist period. And if you would like to go shopping this is the perfect place, especially if you want to dress in style. 

La Coruña city is located in La Coruña Province in the region of Galicia in Northwest Spain. Its Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) is an area of important marine ecosystems, with steep cliffs, dunes and fishing villages with traditional lighthouses and beaches. The characteristic inland landscape features mountains and green valleys. Highlights include nature areas such as the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo biosphere reserve, the Fraguas de Eume nature reserve, the Corrubedo Dunes and the Carregal and Vixán Lagoons.

In the city of La Coruña, the capital of the province, visitors should make a point of visiting the Hercules Tower, declared a part of our World Heritage by UNESCO.

La Coruña City is a combination of old and new. On one side of the city sits the world's oldest functional lighthouse, "la Torre de Hercules", which dates all the way back to Roman times. Contrast this with the futuristic "Domus” interactive museum of man. Not far away, the ancient "Castillo de San Anton" projects out into La Coruña's harbour at the end of a small stone pier. This sight serves as a clear indication of La Coruña's past defences against its many attackers and invaders.

Exploring La Coruña is no easy feat, and each of the attractions mentioned above require some walking. If you are in the old quarter there is a military museum, the Galician archive or the tomb of British (actually Scottish) hero Sir John Moore. If you are in the newest parts of the city there is plenty of shopping, but also a lively atmosphere, attractive buildings and the sea is never far from view.

The most important festivals are the International Celtic Music Festival in Ortigueira and the Festivity of Saint James the Apostle, declared of International Tourist Interest. The local gastronomy is renowned for its first-rate shellfish, including famous products of several varieties of crab.