We left the peace and tranquillity of Ria Cedeira, for the hustle ad bustle that is A Coruña, when I say hustle and bustle I’m not really talking about the people, compared to London, A Coruña is a village, but more of the port activities.
Although the Marina is protected by the north Atlantic/Biscay swell, it’s not protected from the busy coming and goings of fishing trawlers and cargo ships, let alone the odd visit from a cruise liner.
A Coruña is a port city on a promontory in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name, having also served as political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative centre between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela. (which we will post on a little later)
We needed to spend a couple of weeks in A Coruña, as Helen needed to pop home for a couple of jobs and there are supposedly good transport links via the airport – although from Helen’s experience Vueling the plane company didn’t manage to get a flight one time either way making her a couple of days late on the way out and a couple of hours late coming back.
A Coruña is a typical Galicia place with an amazing plethora of restaurants and Tapas bars to keep any foodie happy for weeks and although part of the seafood coast, (its speciality being Pulpo (octopus)) all manner of dishes can be found. including Raxos (chicken, chips and rochforty garlic sauce) great for boozing and eating and of course artisan ice cream!
A Coruña is also known for its lighthouse, The “Tower of Hercules” an ancient Roman lighthouse on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 mi) from the centre of A Coruña. The structure is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and overlooks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure, built in the 2nd century and renovated in 1791, is the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today.