What to see in A Coruña? History and gastronomy

To talk about A Coruña is to talk about the sea. Going from the centre to the beach in minutes, visiting and enjoying its Promenade, contemplating the Tower of Hercules always with the majestic Atlantic at your feet are only a few of the things you can do.

Alone, with your partner, family or friends: discover what A Coruña has in store for you and fall in love with its wonders. You'll want to keep coming back!

The must-sees in A Coruña

  • Plaza María Pita: the veritable emblem of the city. It houses the Palacio Municipal (town hall) and the monument to María Pita. It is also one of the best known meeting places in the city and is bursting with terraces and bars where you can sample delicious Galician cuisine.
  • Promenade: the longest promenade in Europe, spanning more than 13 kilometres from the Castle of San Antón to El Portiño, one of the best options when visiting the city. This pleasant walk takes you along the length of the city while taking in some of its landmarks, including the marina, San Amaro beach, the Tower of Hercules, Riazor beach, Orzán beach and Matadero beach, to name just a few.
  • Tower of Hercules: declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there's no wonder why! This Roman lighthouse is one of a kind and the oldest working lighthouse in the world. A veritable wonder. Visiting the tower and enjoying the views over the Atlantic from the hill on which it stands is definitely worthwhile.
  • Menhirs: around the Tower of Hercules, there is a large sculptural park featuring menhirs by Manolo Paz. Postcard-worthy views of the Tower of Hercules can be seen through the window-like openings that these sculptures feature.
  • Old City: A Coruña's old quarter. Here, we recommend you get lost in its streets taking a stroll and enjoying its atmosphere and shops. And it goes without saying! Sample some of the tapas on offer on Calle Franja, Calle Galera or Calle Estrella.
  • A Coruña beaches: Did you know that the province of A Coruña boasts an impressive 1000 kilometres of coastline? There's no chance of you getting bored here! Furthermore, a number of its beaches are perfect for surf lovers thanks to their huge waves. Want to hear more about the best beaches in A Coruña? Find out more!

Top rated gastronomy

Galicia, and especially A Coruña, is known for its succulent cuisine and in particular, the freshness of its seafood. Also worth particular note when it comes to Galician gastronomy is its beef, which has its own Protected Geographical Indication.

So, some typical dishes of A Coruña that you simply can't leave without trying include octopus a la gallega or octopus a la feria, a Galician empanada, pork shoulder with turnip greens or padrón peppers.

How to get to A Coruña?

Looking to discover everything that this haven of peace in northern Spain has to offer? We don't blame you! A Coruña is a true pleasure for the senses. It is the smell of meat cooked on stone, the bells ringing on its cobblestone streets, the Atlantic wind on the face, the unforgettable taste of its fish or the views from Mount San Pedro.

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