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City visited by Hercules

A Coruña is a small city in Galicia, Spain, which is also the capital of the province of the same name. The resort has a big fishing and trade port and is known for its well-developed fishing and tobacco industry. A Coruña became famous for the Torre de Hercules, The Tower of Hercules. It’s a lighthouse, which, according to the local legends, was built by the mythical strongman itself. Regardless of whether we believe in these stories or not, it’s worth to see it - the Tower proudly crowns a little hill washed by the waves. It was listed as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site

The city is also known for its characteristic white balconies covered in with glass, so-called galleries. Firstly, it was used in the Royal Dockyards in order to protect against challenging weather conditions. In the eighteenth century, some dockyard builders yard came up with an idea of using this type of construction in modern buildings and thus came the fashion for glass galleries.

Once you see the famous tower, we can move on for a romantic walk along the coast. While exploring the area and admiring the sights you will pass the Finisterre Aquarium. If you’ll be patient enough and will wait a little bit by the balustrade, you’ll be rewarded with a sweet view of seals playing joyfully. Then you can continue and head right to the beach Orzán, where the surfers practice (after all it’s the Atlantic Ocean, these waves cannot be missed!). Their silhouettes, and the sport they practice is so strongly connected with the area, that they even have a monument dedicated to them. It’s a pretty huge attraction, because it’s not placed on the ground – it hovers over the waves. Another interesting place is the "playa de las Amorosas" (The Bay of Love). If you look from the right angle, it resembles the shape of a heart.

Beaches in A Coruña

A Coruña beaches deserve more attention. The coastline of the city is long and diverse, with many coves scattered along its entire length. Apart from Orzán, very popular is also the Riazor beach. Both are very popular among windsurfers, are characterized by big waves, and both are located in the vicinity of the main promenade in the resort. Because they’re beautiful, sandy and easily accessible from the city, they’re crowded with tourists and therefore also protected by lifeguards.

A little bit further you find San Amaro beach. It’s situated very close to the Tower of Hercules, near the cape, fringed with a little cove. The place is not that crowded, simply because it’s less accessible just lesser-known. Not too far away is As Lapas beach, very similar and also having its own cove by the cape. It’s a place for people eager for beauty and peace.

It’s worth noting that Orzán, Riazor, As Lapas, San Amaro, Oza and Matadero, were recognized with Blue Flag certification.

Resort’s attractions

It’s best to come here in the summer, because the Night of San Juan, a very important Spanish holiday, is celebrated then. The equivalent of our Midsummer Day is celebrated extravagantly, you can participate in a big party, see fireworks, parades and numerous bonfires on the beaches.

The main square of A Coruña is María Pita Square. The monument of local heroine, who protected the city from British siege of sixteenth century, is located there. Another attraction of the square is the historic town hall. You should also see the Mount of San Pedro Park, a former military area, with spectacular views over the city. There’s a cafe, playgrounds, and three restored artillery pieces.

Of course, you cannot skip the Paseo Maritimo, one of Europe's largest promenades. It stretches around the city, passing sights such as the Aquarium, the Estadio Riazor (sports stadium) and the Tower of Hercules. Stroll along the promenade takes a lot of time, but abounds with experience. While visiting the center tourists can take a ride on a special tramway, that covers the stretch between the Parrote and the Esclavas School.

A real pearl of A Coruña is Domus, also known as Casa del Hombre - the first interactive museum in the world devoted to the human being. This amazing place designed by Arata Isozaki is entirely dedicated to the human body. It’s necessary to visit.

Local campsites

If you want to have more freedom, and already rejected the offer of local hotels, you can choose from several campsites located around. A Coruña is full of them, and each one is characterized by a remarkable intimacy, so no one will disturb our rest and the joy of staying in such picturesque place.

Popular among tourist is also camping Pablo Gallego (Plaza de María Pita, 11, 15001 Coruña). On its grassy terrain, there’re a lot of camping pitches, and the price of accommodation is 10 Euros / day. Adult will pay 6 Euros/day, a child - 5 Euros, while the access to electricity costs 5.5 Euros/ day.

People also recommend other campsite, Martisol (Moruxo, 123 Crta. Bergondo-Ramal Playa Gandarío). Here the prices are a little bit higher – parking place for a camper costs 16 Euros / day. But you pay only 3 Euros/day for child accommodation, and 6 Euros/day for an adult. Both campsites are situated in a very comely area with easy access to all attractions.

Walk around A Coruña

As you can see, the city has a rich tourist offer. The time spent on sightseeing, as well as the time spent on the beaches will engrave in our memory . And who knows, maybe longing for the coves of A Coruña will make us come back again?

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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