La Coruna

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La Coruna is a major part on Spain's Atlantic coast and a popular port of call for cruises to the Mediterranean and the Canaries.

To the north of the city is the oldest working lighthouse in the world, the Torre de Hercules, originally built by the Romans and now adopted as a symbol of the port. It is situated on a rocky promontory which has not been built on and a walk round the rocky headland is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and give you an appetite for more cruise food. A pleasant, wide pedestrian promenade, the Paseo Maritimo, leads to the headland, which is carpeted in wildflowers in spring. There are excellent views of this attractive coast, somewhat reminiscent of parts of Cornwall, all the way. The route passes the city's archaeological and anthropological museums, an aquarium and some enticing beaches and you may also visit the lighthouse, so there is plenty to do if you wish to extend this walk to an all-day expedition.

There is very little opportunity for refreshment on the route until very near the end. Drinks (passable coffee) and snacks machine are available at Torre de Hercules, as are toilets. Trainers are adequate footwear for this walk. It is easy going and there is no reliance on public transport so, depending on your pace and whether you visit any of the museums or beaches passed, about three hours should be adequate.

Do remember that, though you are in Spain this is green, northern Spain and La Coruna sticks out into the Atlantic. The weather is changeable and showers often sweep in from the ocean. You have been warned...

Spain - North West Spain - A Coruna - Town or city


Ancient Monument, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Sea