The second largest city of the province of Galicia, A Coruña is home to a UNESCO site, a picturesque waterfront and a long beautiful beach cut deep into the bay. For us Central Europeans it is quite remote, so we were very happy to be able to spend 10 days here on our trip.
Torre de Hércules is a listed UNESCO site and a great example of roman architecture. It is the only roman lighthouse preserved till this day, and still functioning. Built some 2000 years ago, visitors can still see the original parts inside. A very sensitive neoclassical restoration was conducted in the 18th c., using all of the original roman parts. Nowadays, the tower is 55 m high and offers magnificient views from its platform. Book a visit in advance here.
The waterfront by the marina is truly exquisite. It runs from the Maria Pita square all the way to the Méndez Núňez gardens, but the most beautiful part is close to the square, which in itself is also worth visiting. Just avoid the overpriced cafés, have a look at the townhall and then take a stroll along the waterfront’s promenade. And don’t forget to get an ice cream in Heladeria Colón, by far the best in town.
On the west side, the 1,5 km Riazor beach invites for walks, sunset watching and swimming in the calm waters of the bay. Playful dogs run around having fun, that is if you visit outside of July and August, as the beach is closed to them in the peak months.
The San Pedro hill offers beautiful views of the bay from the restaurant and adjacent viewing platforms. On the other side of the hill, a battery with the biggest cannon I have ever seen used to protect the city.
Our favourite places to drink and eat?
- Heladeria Colón – the best ice cream with huge selection
- Rochester pub – nice atmosphere, huge selection of beer both on tap and bottled
- Caneca Furada – a lot of craft beer on tap and great tapas
- Arnica – nice colourful outside seating, good cocktails
- Caveira – enchiladita with a sauce to die for, close to Torre Hercules