Hola Spain: Coruna (9)

Chapter 9: Coruna

To the north-western side of the Spain is Corunna, a province worth a watch. It is an important city of Galicia enriched with diverse history, green sceneries, alluring Roman and Celtic heritage. It also involves the Atlantic Islands of the Park. The border of Corunna meets with Pontevedra from south, Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Ocean to the north and west; while Lugo is located to its eastern side. Corunna enjoys moderate throughout the year but it is also prone to rainfalls.

Corunna’s capital is also known with the same name. it is an important city for a variety of cultures and people. The city is full of legendry details, history and myths as old as 2000 years. Not only this, it is also a commercial Atlantic port which helps supply many things such as agricultural goods to the place.

Today, Corunna is an amalgam of old and new. It has rich history and culture mixed with modernity and novelty. It has traditional fishing and agricultural industry as well as novel fashion hubs and textile industries. These groups are not only famous and powerful in the city but also have reputation around the world.

It has an International airport that offers cheap flights to every nook and corner of Europe. It has a popular football club, Deportivo de la Coruña.

Sights worth-watching

Beaches and sun baths in Corunna are very famous because of their moderate temperature throughout the year. This makes it a ideal place for water sports such as fishing, diving, sailing and surfing. A bus, train or cab can take you anywhere you want to go in the city.

The province encompasses many beautiful cities and places such as the mesmerizing town of Santiago de Compostela which is an important stop for millions of pilgrims every year. It is a capital city of Galicia and a popular St. James pilgrim route, ‘el Camino de Santiago’.

Santigo de Compostela

Santiago’s center of city has a lot to show. It has beautiful streets that belong from the 12th century, Rua Do Villar, Rua Nova and Rua Franco. They take you to the city center where the wonderful ancient Cathedral of Saint James is located.

Watch the rituals and rites being performed there during mass. Pilgrims bump their head on the author figure to obtain wisdom and prudence; they also queue for embracing Saint James’s stone bust. There is Botafumeiro, a huge perfume holder in which special incense is burned during the pilgrim. The ideal time to visit Santiago de Compostela is 25th of July, the season of the Apostle. Besides, the Cathedral, there are also thousand other churches, monasteries and traditional buildings in the city that one can enjoy. Some of these names can be: Santo Domingo, San Martin, Santa Clara and San Francisco (established by Saint Francis) etc.

Costa de Morte

Costa de Morte which means the place of death is a cliff side with lighthouses. Historically, it was known to be the ‘end of the known world’.

It is windy, wild and desolate Costa Morte offers tourists way to reach beautiful beaches called Rías Baixas. It may be underdeveloped but this is what makes it awe-inspiring with natural coves, original landscape, forested hills, clean and serene environment and tiny towns of fishing.

Cape Finisterre

This place is located at an extreme western edge to Europe. It is basically a peninsula. It has beautiful lighthouses that almost disappear due to thick fog which surrounds the place during winters. To save ships from wrecking by fog, there is a powerful alarm known as “the cow of Fisterra” installed. Towards the end of the peninsula is the part where one can observes world’s beautiful sunsets at Mount Facho. The area is most praised and applauded in historical books for its awe-inspiring sceneries, sunrises and sunsets. The place can be an ideal route for tourists to pass by and meet the villagers around for extremely mysterious legends and tales.

Other useful information about La Corunna consist of specialties that the city has to offer, such as popular and unique cuisines including lobsters, scallops, Padron or Santiago cake etc. They also produce famous Ribeiro and Albarino wines.

Castle of San Anton

The Castle of San Anton belongs from the 16th Century. Built on a beautiful mini island with artificial connections to the mainland, the castle attracts all through its magnificence and splendor. It is one of the most interesting place to visit in the city. There is water to its side which makes it more appealing and romantic for the tourists.

Other great attractions of Corrona include: Tower of Hercules made from the Roman excellent architecture, with a gorgeous view from the top. Not only this, it is economical and easy to reach for all. Monte de San Pedro, Plaza de Maria Pita, Avenida de la Marina, Domus, Acuario and Aquarium Finisterrae are some other “must-go” places of Corunna.

Hotels, restaurants and clubs

Most famous restaurants in Corona are Artabria,located in Rua Fernando. Customers like it for its amazing food presentation and taste. It is a high quality restaurant with serene environment and wonderful interior. Next comes is the Arbore Da Veira. It is situated at Rua San Andres. It is also a great public choice serving high quality and food in luxurious and grand environment.On Rua Santo Domingo, there is another great restaurant known as  Jamoneria la Leonesa. Cosy and calm Jamoneria is an ideal restaurant for people wanting casual but cool place to eat. It is near to Marina and a must go for people loving fish and delicious wines. Apart from these, there are some other great names to try food at such as La Escondita, Gloria Bendita and  La Taberna de Alia etc.

 

While most popular hotels to stop by are: Hotel Blue Coruna which is situated at Rua Juana de Vega and is actually adorned with amazing blue glass all over. It is about 1 km from the Santiago church and has about 3 km from the Hercules Tower. It is contemporary yet cultural in air. Besides, there is Zenit Coruna, Ibis Styles A, Melia Maria Pita, Moon and many more.

Famous clubs and pubs at Coruna are Playa, Mint, Moom 57, Fuzz Bar and Black Widow etc. Enjoy wine, dance and the Spanish night!

Other useful information

The most important time of the year in Corunna is the three summer months from June to August.  It is the peak time for festivity, sunbaths and fun for all.23rd of June is the day of Hogueras de San Juan, a famous tradition and it occurs with another yet fun-packed festival of Sardine and there are many other interesting festivals that are celebrated during these months.

 

 

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