‘The city where nobody is a stranger’
la Ciudad de cristal
La Coruña’s motto is ‘La ciudad donde nadie es forastero’ (The city where nobody is a stranger). It is a charming city, not too big and not too small. It is also known as ‘La ciudad de cristal’ (The city of glass) because the first thing that was visible to boats, when they arrived at the port, were the glass galleries of the surrounding buildings. The city centre is situated on a peninsula which makes it easy to get your bearings quickly. There is an excellent public bus service which is very reasonably priced. The people are very friendly, so much so, that sometimes when you ask for directions they willl even accompany you part of the way to your destination. La Coruña is a city which has something to offer everyone, a city which truly can cater to all tastes.
El Paseo Marítimo and La Torre de Hércules
For those who like a stroll, there is the Paseo Marítimo. At 13 km, it is the longest seaside promenade in Europe and boasts spectacular views out over the bay and further beyond. Along the Paseo Marítimo you will find the city’s beaches and the Torre de Hercules which is a fully functioning Roman lighthouse. It is the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beside the Torre de Hercules is the Casa de Los Peces, La Coruña’s Aquarium. There are various different museums in the city, so whether you’re interested in art, science, technology, the military or history, there’s a museum for you.
Football, Surfing, Cycling, Relaxation!
Football enthusiasts can go to the Riazor Stadium, the home of Deportivo La Coruña to watch a football match, buy a football jersey or even do a tour of the stadium. Those who enjoy watersports can go surfing, and for those who like a leisurely cycle there are plenty of bicycle hire shops. If you really want to indulge in some quality relaxation, the Termaria Spa beside the Riazor stadium, has termal salt-wáter pools, steam rooms, saunas and outdoor terraces equipped with sun loungers.
La Coruña is a shopper’s paradise! Marineda City is the largest shopping shopping centre in Spain and the third largest shopping centre in Europe. If you feel like a more relaxed afternoon’s shopping in the city centre, you can head to Calle Real, Plaza de Pontevedra or Los Cuatros Caminos shopping centre. The famous department store La Corte Inglés can be found at both Marineda City and Cuatro Caminos. La Coruña is home to Inditex, the comany whose brands include Zara, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and Oysho, so there’s certainly no shortage of good shops.
Para los amantes de la música
Music lovers can enjoy a variety of openair concerts in summer, many of them free especially during the Noroeste festival. There’s usually a stage erected on the beach for both the festival of San Juan and the Noroeste music festival. Ocasionally there are free outdoor classical music concerts at the Port. In addition to this there are venues such as the Palacio de la Opera and The Coliseum which are often played by famous international big name artists, bands and musicians.
Tapas, pinchos o algo para picar
There are restaurants and tapas bars to suit every budget and you can even eat for free, as many bars give you a complimentary pincho when you buy a drink. Callos are often served on Sundays, and some places have pulpo (octopus), mejillones (mussels) or churrasco (ribs) every Friday or Saturday in addition to the usual fare offered such as tortilla, chorizo or empanada (tart).
There’s even a bar that makes a huge pan of paella, outside every sunny Sunday in summer.
Los Rosales is a beautiful tree filled, leafy young neighbourhood, in a priviliged location. There is an eliptical shaped park, the Plaza Eliptica, at the very centre which is surrounded by the apartment blocks, built on the ovular shaped streets which encircle it. Many of the homes enjoy fantastic sea views, while some have equally beautiful views of the Plaza Eliptica or the Monte San Pedro. The Paseo Maritímo promenade is only a stones throw away and Monte San Pedro, which was recently ranked 5th best urban park in spain, is right on the doorstep. There is a shopping centre, as well as various shops, supermarkets, bars and cafes. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes to walk to the city centre, and of course there are buses and taxis available too. Los Rosales is a neighbourhood that has everything you could possibly want during your stay!