Top Things To Do And See In A Coruña

A Coruña, Spain
A Coruña, Spain | ©slideshow bob / Wikimedia Commons
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A Coruña sits in the very northwest corner of Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. A vibrant coastal city with plenty in the way of culture, history, gastronomy (it’s famous for its seafood) and natural sights. From climbing up the world’s oldest working lighthouse to drinking fresh Estrella Galicia beer and riding up the glass lift to Mirador San Pedro, here are our top things to do in the city.

Take a stroll to see the Galerías

A Coruña is known as the ‘Glass City’ due to its unique architectural style of constructing galerías – enclosed glass balconies – onto the side of its buildings. Most date back to the 19th century and feature patterns, as well as colors and embellishments. The best galerías can be seen on the harbor front along Avenida Marina, but there are also many in the center of the city and along Avenida Motto too.

Galerias A Coruña

1. Visit the marine life at The Aquarium Finisterrae


Aquarium Finisterrae, A Coruña
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Not far from the Torre de Hércules, is the Aquarium Finisterrae, meaning ‘aquarium at the end of the Earth’. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, it’s home to a variety of marine life, from seals and sharks to octopus and fish – all types of creatures that actually live along the Galician coast. As well as the wildlife, the aquarium also has displays on the lives of the local fishermen, their culture and traditions.

Relax on the beach

The residents of A Coruña enjoy access to a long 1.4 kilometer crescent of sand, hugging the bay. Known as Praia do Orzán at its east end and Praia de Riazor at its west, it’s very popular, especially in summer. The beach also has some good waves for surfing at other times of the year.

A Coruña beach

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