Soñando Sunday: A Coruña

 

A Coruña, Galicia

 
María Pita or “Plaza Mayor”
 

Transport options to arrive: Plane, Train, Bus or Car

·  Trains and Buses exist, but are not the best value in terms of time-to-cost ratio. Driving is my personal recommendation for the sake of mobility and freedom.

Recommended time of year to visit and length of visit: Summer, 2-4 days

Fun Fact: A Coruña is the official name of this port city in gallego (the language spoken by Galicians) whereas La Coruña is the official name in castellaño (Spanish). Still, you will hear some locals refer to it simply as Coruña―perhaps in order to avoid choosing among their two official languages in this instance.

Top three must-sees:

The Torre de Hércules

1.    Torre de Hércules (Tower of Hercules): At 1900+ years old, this is the oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world. Climb up and discover great views of the city. There is also a beautiful mosaic compass rose dedicated to the Celtic people at the foot of the famous structure. FREE entrance on Mondays.

2.    Puerto de Ocio (Harbor of A Coruña): Take a stroll past the many picturesque sailboats and other recreational ships and up towards the Castillo de San Antón. As you do, you’ll notice Galicia’s signature white wood-enclosed balconies of the buildings across from the port.

3.    María Pita: The city’s main square (called 'Plaza Mayor' in most other cities), the Galicians choose to refer to this square by the name of the famous defender of Spain, María Pita, who stood up to the English invaders in 1589.

Navajas (or Razor Clams)

 

One thing to eat: Navajas (Razor Clams)

These shellfish are called “navajas” due to their unique shape that is equated to pocketknives. As someone who doesn’t typically order seafood, I was a bit mortified when the dish arrived, but rest assured that the clams ARE grilled and actually have a taste much more similar to steak than most shellfish I have tried. Atrévate!