La Coruña City Guide for Tourists

Torre de Hércules, La Coruña

A Coruña is the capital of the region of Galicia, in north-west Spain. Not as historic or famous as nearby Santiago de Compostela, but well worth a day or two.

There are airports in La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, and Oviedo.

Number of Days to Spend in La Coruña

La Coruña is quite big, so even though there isn't a great deal to do, one day might not be enough time. Give yourself two.

Hotels in La Coruña

For hotel reservations in La Coruña, an excellent, easy-to-use site is Venere.

They have hotels to suit all budgets and have a clutter free Web site that allows for hassle-free accommodation booking.

If you're after a budget-priced bed in a dorm, try Hostelworld.

Three Things to Do in La Coruña

  • Climb the Torre de Hércules: The lighthouse at the end of La Coruña gives you some great views of the Rías, the estuaries that dominate Galicia's coastline.
  • Eat Seafood on c/Franja: Just off the pretty main square, Plaza de Maía Pita is c/Franja, where the Pulpo a la Gallega is at its best and is reasonably priced. Just don't eat on the seafront - the food is no better than on c/Franja but will be more than twice the price.
  • Take in the Romanesque Churches in the old town: La Coruña's old town is small and compact and has some lovely churches. See these Pictures of La Coruña for details.

Day Trips from la Coruña

Galicia's coasts are the most interesting areas around here. Near La Coruña is Ferrol, the birthplace of former dictator General Franco.

Though Santiago de Compostela is more central and is better for exploring the west, the bus from La Coruña to Fisterra is quicker than the one from Santiago.

You'll struggle to see much if you're relying on Galicia's poor public transport. Alternatively, take a Guided Tour Starting from A Coruña - they're good value and pack a lot into a single day of sightseeing.

Distance to La Coruña

  • From Madrid 593km - 5h45 by car, 7h by bus, 9h by train, 1h flight (with Iberia).
  • From Barcelona 1108km - 12h by car, 16h by train, 15 by bus, 1h30 flight (with Iberia).
  • From Seville 925km - 10h by car, 14h by bus, 1h20 by plane. No train.

First Impressions of La Coruña

La Coruña is big and bright, modern and spacious, and so is vastly different from the old-world charms of Santiago de Compostela to the south.

If you are arriving by public transport, you will find yourself quite a long way out of town. Best to take a taxi into the center. The heart of La Coruña is Plaza María Pita, a pretty square with dolls' house buildings and a magnificent city hall. Facing the city hall, you have the new town spreading to your left, with its excellent restaurants and all the typical shops.

Behind you (through the arch) is the cluttered port and the Avenida de la Marina, famous for its large number of Galerias. To the right of Plaza María Pita is the old town, where you'll find a number of nice Romanesque churches, a military museum, and the Jardín de San Carlos, which features the tomb of General Sir John Moore, a British seaman who died in battle protecting La Coruña.

North of Plaza María Pita, in the far tip of the peninsula, is the Torre de Hercules, a lighthouse with Roman ancestry, though it is said that Hercules himself built the first lighthouse on this spot.