A wonderful city that remains largely undiscovered by tourists, A Coruña is the ideal destination for those who want to explore the wonderful natural setting that is northern Galicia whilst staying away from the bustling crowds. This is the perfect location for urban dwellers who want to experience delicious food and wine in a busy city and yet have easy access to some of Spain’s best beaches and natural parks.
Surrounded by a rugged coastline bathed by sparkling Atlantic waves and striking scenery of rolling green hills and forests further inland, A Coruña is a gem waiting to be discovered. The nearby Rias Altas offer several wonderful medieval towns, such as Betanzos and quaint stone farmhouses amongst their wonderful hiking trails for those who love rural tourism and need a break from the city. Fragas do Eume National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise and home to one of the best Spanish coastal forests.
The climate is typically north Atlantic, with warm summers that make a dip in the ocean all the more refreshing and frosty winters that offer the perfect excuse to cuddle up by the fire in a family-run asador and sample some queimada, traditional Galician wine and herb liquor. Bring a raincoat as the weather can be as temperamental as A Coruña’s wild cliffs.
Holiday in A Coruña
Start your visit with a walk along Old Town’s cobbled lanes where you can have an invigorating breakfast at one of Plaza de Maria Pita’s many cafes before heading towards Iglesia de Santiago, a 12th century church. A stroll through the narrow streets will take you to Xardin de San Carlos where you can visit the tomb of British general Sir John Moore, a testament to the city’s glorious naval past.
On your way towards the harbour, don’t forget to stop at San Anton castle, an imposing 16th century fortress that proudly presides over the city and is home to the archaeological museum. Art and architecture lovers will be delighted with A Coruña’s many museums and art galleries, in particular Bellas Artes museum and the 19th century glassed-in balconies alongside the marina.
A Coruña doesn’t stop in the evening. You will find many excellent mesones (traditional eateries) that serve tasty Galician specialties such as filloa de mariscos, delicious seafood crêpes or monkfish and prawns brochettes. If you fancy a nightcap Playa del Orzan is your best bet, with trendy wine bars and traditional taverns where you can relax while you listen to traditional Galician folk music and bagpipers.
Renting holiday accommodation in A Coruña
A holiday rental in A Coruña will give you the freedom to plan your stay the way you want it and to meet some of the amiable local people. With a choice of modern city centre apartments and self-catered rural homes, renting holiday accommodation will give you the perfect excuse to get to know the locals and find the best places to explore, as only they can give that insider knowledge that can make a wonderful holiday truly special.
After a soothing day at the beach or strolling along the labyrinth that is A Coruña’s Old Town you deserve the luxury of enjoying your own space with a refreshing glass of wine and a friendly chat with your neighbour who will tell you where to find the taberna that serves the juiciest pulpo a la gallega, tender slices of seasoned octopus.