Welcome to A Coruña, Spain!
In the rugged and gritty corners, of an otherwise sunny and colorful country, this city thrives from its maritime industry, with a distinct passion for their identity. A Coruña is an overlooked jewel in the Galician region’s crown, offering an alternative view of life in Spain. Hardly a majestic city, A Coruña’s beauty lies within the tenacious charisma of its industrious past and the hospitality of the proud locals. Discover Spain off the beaten path, and explore the best of the northwest region with this insider’s guide of A Coruña.
What to Do in A Coruña
The city nicknamed as the “Crystal City,” A Coruña gets its alias from the unique architectural style of some of its buildings. The shimmering glass facades, of the Galerias, is a marvel to view. Its design is perfect for harnessing natural light while preventing water from entering the building. Head to the Avenida de la Marina or Avenida Motto, to get front row views of the stained glass windows featuring beautiful designs that form abstract patterns.
Worldwide Local Tip: A Coruña takes their gastronomy very serious and an affordable way to savor the taste of the city is by trying some tapas. Barrera Street is packed with bars and restaurants, offering tasty morsels from bites of fresh seafood to decadent fried snacks. The bustling local atmosphere on the streets will make the food taste even better.
Beer in A Coruña
Visit the brewery of one of Spain’s most beloved beers, the Estrella Galicia. The Cerveceria Estrella de Galicia has been converted from a busy factory to a thriving cathedral. It’s perfect for the devout followers beer lovers and attended by the loyal locals and curious visitors. The copper flasks and rustic wooden motif adds authenticity to the experience, with the bar pouring the crisp, refreshing drink by the glass load.
Worldwide Local Tip: Grab a bargain at one of the 195 stalls of los Mallos flea market, also known as Mercadillo de la Sardineira. Popping up every Tuesday and Saturday, in the historic old town, you can see anything from clothes to unwanted household items.
Don’t Miss the Castillo de San Anton
Set on an islet artificially connected to the mainland, the Castillo de San Anton is an important site for A Coruña tourism. An imposing fort, it was built in the 16th century to protect the bay of A Coruña from attacks from the sea. The stone fortress has been converted into an Archaeological Museum and provides excellent views of the city skyline. Get lost in the museum’s fascinating artifacts, which are crucial in piecing the city’s rich local history together. For a small fee of 2 Euros, you can explore every nook of the fort, from the dark underground cisterns to the scenic views of the upper battlements.
Worldwide Local Tip: The locals adore soccer and watching the local La Coruña FC, Deportivo La Coruña, which is considered to be a religion. Head to the massive Riazor Stadium to hear the passionate chants and songs of the home crowd as you watch the most followed sport in Spain.
Enjoy Your Visit!
A perfect under the radar destination for worldwide locals, in a tourist saturated country, A Coruña is the perfect city to add to your Spanish experience. Explore a city that warmly welcomes you as a local; with plenty of things to do, A Coruña truly is an underrated city to visit.