Spain – A Coruna – July 2017

A Coruna is a port city sitting on a promontory in the Galicia Region of northwest Spain. Its a place that many people will never have heard of except for football fans – Deportivo de La Coruna is a professional football club once playing in La Liga but currently in the Spanish Second Division.

A Coruna (and also Ferrol nearby) is where the Camino Ingles began where medieval pilgrims disembarked from their boats to start their treck to Santiago de Compostela. It’s also  famous for a Roman lighthouse – the Tower of Hercules and some standing stones ,Menhires for Peace , which appear monolithic from a  distance but were  actually built as recently as 1994 as a tribute to the Celtic heritage of Galicia.

Its a pleasant town with an interesting port , at least one nice beach that we saw , a commercial centre and some interesting architecture with a medieval area ,like all the towns in N W Spain.

We stayed in the commercial area at the pleasant Moon Hotel   , conveniently beside our favourite Department Store El Corte Ingles. From here its a short walk to the Paseo Maritime , a 24km long promenade which gives some very nice walking around the promontory on which the city sits.

We didn’t enjoy the best of weather during our visit but its fair to say that this probably isn’t a town which overseas visitors would visit other than as part of a tour of the area or as a port of call on a Cruise .We enjoyed the visit nevertheless but 3 nights here were enough. Next stop Leon.

 

The Town Hall in the Plaza de Maria Pita

 

 

 

 

 

Castle of San Anton – a 16th C castle guarding the entrance to the port – now a museum.

 

 

 

Menhires (standing stones) an impressive group of modern sculptures standing in The Park of the Standing Stones

 

The historic old centre has the colourful streets packed with restaurants and bars as found in virtually every Spanish city .

 

 

 

 

 

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