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Top Things To Do And See In A Coruña

 A Coruña, Spain | ©slideshow bob / Wikimedia Commons
A Coruña, Spain | ©slideshow bob / Wikimedia Commons
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.

Climb to the top of Torre de Hércules

The oldest working lighthouse in the world, the Tower of Hercules has become somewhat a symbol of the city. Built in Roman times, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb to the top to witness spectacular 360-degree coastal and city views and to learn all about it at the visitors’ center. There are also some lovely nature walks around the area.

Torre de Hércules, Avenida Navarra, A Coruña, Spain, +34 981 223 730

Parque da Torre de Hércules | © Tevfik Teker/WikiCommons

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 ©Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias / Wikimedia Commons

Visit the marine life at The Aquarium Finisterrae

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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.
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Admire the view from the Mirador San Pedro

To get one of the best panoramic views of the city, head to the top of the San Pedro Hill via a huge spherical glass lift, allowing you to admire the views on the way up too. At the top you’ll find a variety of activities, including the Restaurante Mirador San Pedro, which has various spaces such as a laid-back café, a fine dining restaurant, a wine cellar and a cigar lounge. There is also a playground and outdoor picnic and barbecue area, and an interpretation center, where you can learn all about the history of the area.

Mirador de San Pedro Monte de San Pedro 13, A Coruña, Spain, +34 981 100 823

Ascensor el Monte San Pedro, A Coruña | ©Drow male / Wikimedia Commons

Ascensor el Monte San Pedro, A Coruña | © Drow male/Wikimedia Commons

Drink some freshly brewed Estrella Galicia

Estrella Galicia is one of Spain’s best-loved beers and its home is here in A Coruña. Founded in 1906 by Jose Mª Rivera, it’s possible to visit the original location of the first Estrella Galicia brewery in the neighborhood of Cuatro Caminos. The site is now the brewery-restaurant Estrella de Galicia, and you can enjoy food and fresh, unpasteurized beer straight out of the brewery.

Rúa Concepción Arenal, 10, 15006 A Coruña, Spain

Estrella Galicia brewery A Coruña | ©Nemigo / Wikimedia Commons

Estrella Galicia brewery A Coruña | © Nemigo/Wikimedia Commons

Get your geek on at the Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia

A Coruña’s Museum of Science and Technology is one of the most important museums of its kind in the country. Located in a fascinating, glass cube-like building called the Prisma de Cristal, it displays more than 15,000 objects including scientific instruments, industrial tools, transport vehicles and technological devices. Exhibits include the front of a Boeing 747 plane and the first computer used in Spain.

Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Plaza del Museo Nacional, 1, A Coruña, Spain, +34 900 100 134

Museum of Science and Technology, A Coruña | ©Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias / Flikr

Museum of Science and Technology, A Coruña | © Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias / Flickr

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 ©Juan Freire / Wikimedia Commons