A 40-minute drive away, A Coruña is worth a visit even if you only have one afternoon. It is a bright, welcoming city, completely open to the sea and with a monument that in itself justifies the trip, the Tower of Hercules, the symbol of the city and the only Roman lighthouse still in operation. Its view allows you to contemplate one of the most spectacular sunsets on the Atlantic coast and the surroundings are impressive if we visit it on a day with a lot of sea.

A Coruña is known as the “crystal city” for the large number of galleries it has overlooking the sea. Its center is in the Obelisk area, where a large part of Herculean life is concentrated. It is worth visiting the gardens and cantons of Méndez Núñez and the surroundings of the Plaza de Lugo, dotted with modernist buildings.

The galleries of the Marina give it the name “city of glass.”

Going up towards the old city, the Plaza de María Pita or Town Hall Square remembers the heroine of the city’s fight against the corsairs of Sir Francis Drake, in 1589. Once there, it is easy to explore the historic center, where it is worth visiting the Romanesque Church of Santiago, the Plaza de Azcárraga, the Collegiate Church of Santa María and the Convent and Plaza de Santa Bárbara.

It is also essential to visit the Garden of San Carlos, a viewpoint over the city that houses the tomb of General Moore, who died in the battle of Elviña between the English and the French.

The Paseo Marítimo, which surrounds the city for 10 km; the views from Mount San Pedro and its bubble-shaped elevator; and the Scientific Museums (Aquarium, Domus and House of Sciences) complete the extensive list of attractions of the provincial capital.

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