La Coruna Mini Guide
Known as the glass city for its glass fronted harbour buildings, La Coruna is one of the most rewarding places to visit in Spain due to its breathtaking scenery. It is the second biggest city in Galicia and is known as A Coruna by the Spanish. The symbol of La Coruna is the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest lighthouse which was built in Roman times, and there is a busy port in the city and many fishing villages surrounding it. Julius Caesar initially came to the area in 62 BC because of its metal trade and today heavy industry is the main export of its port.
There is also an oil refinery there and La Coruna is the richest and most economically powerful city in the province of Galicia. Following the Spanish Civil War the city’s population exploded as it subsumed other small villages and hamlets around it and there are now around a quarter of a million people in the metropolitan area. The peninsula on which La Coruna was founded overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on Spain’s north West coast.
A temperate maritime climate means that rain and storms can often be expected though the temperatures remain mild. It is because of these tempestuous conditions that glass window balconies, which are known as the Galerias, were built. And the fierce weather was also indirectly responsible for a drive in La Coruna to improve the infrastructure of the city and welcome tourism. In 1992 an oil tanker called the Aegean Sea was on route to the Respol oil refinery but winds of 100 kilometres per hour and poor visibility sent it off course, before it exploded into a ball of flames under the Hercules tower. 70,000 tonnes of oil leaked out onto the coastline which necessitated a massive cleanup operation.
Sights to see in the city are the 10 kilometre sea promenade where you can go for a bracing walk, a medieval quarter and Maria Pita Square where the imposing Palacio Municipal is located.
The regional A Coruna Airport takes flights from Iberia and Tap Portugal
among others. Car hire is recommended from the airport as many of the most beautiful towns and villages to visit are on the coastline surrounding La Coruna. So dramatic is the coastline there that it is known as the Costa da Morte or Coast of Death by fishermen, but don’t let that put you off.
There’s a lot of history to be discovered around La Coruna. Hiring a car can take you to see the nearly 2,000 year old lighthouse or see you on your way to the pilgrimage at Santiago de Compostela. Whatever you decide to do, a hire car is essential. Rhinocarhire.com guarantee to offer you the best deal on inclusive car hire in the city.
From only 110 euros per week we supply a regularly maintained, latest model car with comprehensive insurance, collision damage waiver and liability insurance. If you want to, you can pay a little extra and take out insurance to cover your excess. That way if you have an accident you’ll pay nothing.