About A Coruña

A Coruña is situated in the Northwest corner of Spain and is the second largest city in Galicia. Its position makes A Coruña the ideal port of call for ships travelling between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The Transatlantic Quay is located in the city centre and therefore provides passengers with easy access to the many sights the city has to offer and other nearby attractions which include Santiago de Compostela.

The city’s most famous landmark, the Torre de Hércules lighthouse which was originally built by the Romans, is Europe’s oldest functioning lighthouse and was recently declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Other historic buildings include the romanesque churches of Iglesia de Santiago and the 12th century Iglesia de Santa Maria, both of which are located within the peaceful, narrow streets of the beautiful old city. Close by is the Jardin de San Carlos which contains the tomb of the English general who was killed in the battle defending the city from French invaders.

Yet another attraction is that A Coruña boasts one of the longest promenades promenades in Europe. This in turn links two of the main beaches, Orzán and Riazor, which are located within the city. Another of the distinctive feature of the city are the glazed in balconies which can be found on buildings old and new. Created to help protect against the strong winds that can blow off the Atlantic Ocean, they have led to it being called the “City of Glass”.

There are many other places of interest nearby including the town of Betanzos with it’s narrow alley ways full of small bars and restaurants frequented by locals and visitors alike. The spectacular Costa da Muerte is also a short drive away and there visitors will find Cabo Fisterra, a headland with magnificent views and which offers the ideal viwing spot for sunsets over the Atlantic.

Santiago de Compostela

After Rome and Jerusalem, Santiago is considered the most important place of pilgrimage for Christians the world over. Located just 30 minutes away from A Coruña, the jewel of Santiago is its magnificent cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanic and Baroque art that dates back to the 11th century. Located on the Praza do Obradoiro its twin steeples tower some 74 metres above the square.