The often neglected La Coruña in Galicia, located in the northern tip of Spain, is just the place to find wondrous foods, glorious beaches, and take part in our beautiful culture! A Coruna is a port city and a beachy hot spot; a busy commercial centre and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife – all in all, an intriguing place to discover.
Britain looms large on A Coruña’s horizon. In 1588 the ill-fated Spanish Armada weighed anchor here. The following year Sir Francis Drake tried to occupy the city but was seen off by María Pita, a heroine whose name lives on in the city’s main square. In 1809 a British army sent to help Spain resist the invading French was forced into a Dunkirk-style evacuation here, losing its leader Sir John Moore in the process. In the 19th and 20th centuries A Coruña’s port was the gateway through which hundreds of thousands of Galician emigrants left for new lives in the Americas. Today this is Galicia’s wealthiest provincial capital. For two summers (in 2010 and 2011) it hosted a satellite version of Barcelona’s Sónar festival, capitalising on the busy local club scene. Now the city is hoping that the Muncyt will put it on the map, Guggenheim-style, as an exhilarating and original short-break destination.
Central A Coruña lies along a northeast-pointing isthmus with the port on its southeast side and the main beaches on the northwest. A mushroom-shaped headland extends 2km north from the isthmus, with a wonderful broad pedestrian walkway circling its entire perimeter.