Center of A Coruña
The tourist center of La Coruña can be considered from the Avenida da Marina, where the port and navy of the city are located, to the area of Plaza Maria Pita. The Avenida da Marina is very wide and modern, combining old residential buildings, but with the white glazed facades so typical, with benches, lamps, and other modern elements adorning the avenue. It is a very nice walk to take at any time of the day, always with lots of people walking around, children running around, and tourists. In the Plaza Maria Pita is the statue of this heroine that gives the square its name, who according to the legends defended the city when there was a pirate invasion in 1589.
Throughout the city center, you will see some important churches such as the Iglesia de Santiago, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and the Iglesia de San Francisco. The Iglesia de Santiago is Romanesque in style and was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1972. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo, meanwhile, was declared with the same title in 1984, with a facade and baroque tower that call attention for being totally out of place. Finally, the Iglesia de San Francisco belongs to the Convent and Third Order of San Francisco, which was started to be built as a chapel in 1746.
Museo de Bellas Artes in A Coruña
At the Museum of Fine Arts in La Coruña, art lovers can familiarize themselves with and appreciate paintings by important Spanish artists such as Velázquez, Morales, Goya, and Murrilo; as well as top international artists such as Rubes, Tintoretto, Van Dyck, and Brueghel.
Tower of Hercules
One of the main tourist attractions and one of the places you can’t miss when you are in La Coruña is the Torre de Hércules. According to legend, he was the founder of the city, and this tower is one of the symbols of the city. It is the oldest lighthouse in the world, which was built during the reign of the Roman Empire. In front of the Tower of Hercules is an island, where the Castillo de San Antón is located, which in ancient times served to defend the city from attacks that came from the sea.
If you like walking by the sea, then this is the place for you. At 13 kilometers long, the maritime promenade in A Coruña is the longest in the world – well, at least that’s what I read in the Spanish media. Well, it is a real eye-catcher for all inhabitants and visitors. As you walk along the promenade, you will be able to contemplate the entire local waterfront, traveling back in time between the Celts and the Romans. Admire the sculptures, the menhirs, the compass rose, and stop to observe the ancient cemetery of Muslim warriors.
In Galicia, being a region near the sea, the food is basically all related to the sea. In the center of La Coruña, you will see several restaurants and bars with typical food, in general, typical Spanish food. But a suggestion is to try the various seafood restaurants. One such restaurant is Mundina, where each dish is an authentic work of art. There is a great variety of dishes, fish, seafood, and seafood cuts to the barbecue. You can also try typical dishes from other countries, with several thematic restaurants.