Coruna’s coastline is full of contrasts. From the sharp and rugged cliffs in Costa de la Muerte – which translates to Coast of the Dead – to the golden beaches of Ferrol, it’s a rich region in both nature and history. There’s plenty to see in this vibrant part of Spain too. History fans should search out a visit to the Cathedral. Home to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago, or St James the Great – which was discovered in the Middle Ages, the site is a must for culture vultures. A Coruna town, nestled
A Coruna town, nestled in the northern coast, is known as the glass city thanks to the multi-level galleries by the harbour. It’s the perfect spot for couples looking for a romantic escape. Families will also find a home away from home in Coruna, especially if they stay in Ferrol. The area is peppered with old fishing villages and offers a much more relaxed getaway than the loud and boozy resorts of the Mediterranean.
A popular way to discover this region is by doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Nature lovers will especially enjoy the experience, but first timers can always do the Camino Frances route. At only 780km, it’s the most popular walk amongst beginners. Of course, a flight will get you there in no time – without the blisters!
Santiago de Compostela
The capital city of both Coruna and Galicia itself is a historic landmark. Thousands of people flock to it each year, usually taking one of the many routes of the Camino de Santiago. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to the many architectural feats that call it home. The most important is, without a doubt, the Cathedral. The coast is less than an hour drive away, though many continue their pilgrimage all the way to Cape Finisterre.
A vibrant coastal city perfect for cosmopolitan travellers looking for an urban retreat. A Coruna may be famous for its glass villas, but it’s bursting with colour. Bright pink and blue facades give the sober streets a fun edge, and golden beaches lap at its feet. Stay in A Coruna and you get the best of both worlds; the bustling restaurant scene and lively nightlife of the city, and a chance to relax at the beach.
Head a little further north and you’ll find a network of old fishing villages surrounded by striking beaches. Galicia’s lush green natural landscapes are at their finest in this beautiful region, which is home to a whopping 25 beaches. Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and families will find a home away from home in this quiet yet stunning destination.
Relax in the urban beaches
A Coruna has some stunning urban beaches to soak up the sun. The three closest ones to the city have been awarded a Blue Flag in recognition of their clean water, so you can expect pristine paradise-like beaches. The Riazor beach is well-equipped for a full day working on your tan, though it’s also a great place for an evening stroll. Surfers and bodyboarders will want to catch some waves at Playa de Orzan, and the smaller Playa del Matadero is perfect to kick back and relax.
Visit Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral is a must stop on your Coruna visit. The building is Romanesque in structure, with sprinklings of Gothic and Baroque. It’s the resting place for Saint James the Great, who brought Christianity to Spain. Many legends surround the beautiful building, and visiting is, literally, a religious experience.
Burn your boots at Cape Finisterre
Cape Finisterre was once believed to be the edge of the end of the world. That’s what the name translates to from Latin. Many walk to this rocky peninsula all the way from Santiago and burn their boots when they get there. Of course, there’s no need to start a fire, you can always just drive.
Discover Ferrol’s beaches
You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Ferrol – there’s 25. The most popular is Doninos beach, a two kilometre long stretch of golden sand lapped by azure waters – and a lagoon right behind it. Romantic Santa Comba beach is perfect for couples, while Ponzos beach is popular with nudists.
Galician food attracts as many tourists as its historic landmarks. Spanish classics like tapas and paella feature in every menu, but it is well worth trying the dishes native to the region. Local produce from the country, farm and sea are as fresh as you’ll get. Octopus is one of the most popular dishes, but you can always opt for a tetilla cheese or a Santiago almond tart if tentacles aren’t your thing.
Coruna has a bustling restaurant scene. Over 300 gastronomic festivals are held all over the country, so you know you’re in good hands. Whether you visit a traditional tavern in Santiago’s cobbled streets or indulge in some fine dining by one of A Coruna’s beaches, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
The country of the thousand rivers welcomes holidaymakers from all walks of life. Families, couples and nature lovers will enjoy its rugged green landscapes, golden beaches and vibrant cities. It’s also the perfect spot for self-confessed foodies looking for a taste of northern Spain.
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