From my brief visit, I only remember three things in La Coruña - the tower of Hercules (whose picture was damaged), the wild coast, and the ayuntamiento - a very common spanish look, but a nice square and building anyway.
I will return with time.
The tomb, in the San Carlos Gardens, turned out easier to find than I had expected. Just ask – the local people know it well, and hold Sir John Moore in as high regard as the English do, or did. (So by the way did Marshal Soult, who had the tomb made.) On the far side of the garden, through the portico with the first few verses of the famous poem engraved in English on one side and in Spanish on the other, there is a sort of "mirador", from where you get a fabulous view out over the port of Corunna to the Atlantic.
We just got on a train one day and decided to come to coruna without knowing anything about it... the weather was good and we came across the beach there basically beside the city centre. Worth a visit.
The Castille de San Anton is a fortress that was built to protect the port. The building dates from the 16th centuary and is currently home to the Archaeology museum which we visited and found really interesting
These gardens are pleasant and located within the old town of A Coruna (Ciudad Vieja). The gardens are pleasant and quiet - they are home to the tomb of General Sir John Moore.
Originally the walls were erected in the 14th century outside the city walls, and these were incorporated into the city in the 16th century. This was an important bastion for the defence of the city until it's arsenal exploded - it was then left unused until the 18th centruy when it was developed into a garden by Don Carlos F. de Croix. It's modern day appearance is due to the Governor of Mazzaredo in 1834.
The tower is an offical and functioning control tower for the Government department controlling harbours and ports across Spain. You cannot enter it but it is something you cannot miss.
The University has a facility next door to the Tower, and this is has a cafe and toilets which the public can use, in summer especially.
Enjoy the walk along past the structure and find yourself out in the middle of the bay at the end of the long and large jetty.
This is the first thing to do once you arrive in Coruña. The promenade is full of beautiful sights and it is the longest of its kind in Europe. It goes around the city, through the beaches, the peninsula, the aquarium, the tower of Hercules, the gardens, and much more. You can do it by walking, jogging or by bike. Don't miss!
Yes! Go to the opera!
I watched my first opera here, and I was stunned with amazement!
It's rather easy to come by good priced tickets as well, and the seats that you get are not that bad at all.
Galicia has a richness of monuments and artistical representations: pazos, rural manor houses, cruceiros (stone crosses), horreos, and fountains. There are many architectonical examples of Celt and Roman settlements scattered all over Galicia: fortified castros, Romanic churches or stone bridges. Many rural houses have been turned into small hotels where you can enjoy for a few days the Galician country life style.
Since old times when people believed Earth was plane, it used to be said that the end of the Earth was Finisterre. It is said that pilgrims who arrive at Finisterre must despoil as a way of throwing away the damages that cause pain to human being. In the middle age some pilgrims got nude and burnt their clothes at Finisterre.
I was pleased to discover that the museum was home to two internationally known Reubens' paintings. They had been stolen several years ago; but they had been recovered.
Daedalus and the Minotaur were recovered in Stockholm, Sweden - and the other Aurora was recovered in Miami, Florida, USA.
Check out the BBC web site for the Art Crimes series, which provided one edition dealing with all the facts relating to the thefts.
The museum is an excellent place to visit!
The tower of hercules is the landmark of the city of A coruna - it stands some 60 metres above sea level and has a height of 59 metres. The lighthouse stands halfway between Orzan inlet and Artabro Bay and is the world's oldest working lighthouse.
The bay was the site of an early settlement known as Bragantia, and was founded by a celtic people known as the Artabros. During the reign of the Roman Emporer Trajan during the second century AD, this site was chosen for the construction of the Tower, which was designed to guide vessels heading for the British Isles in search of tin, copper and iron.
The tower was designed by the Coimbra archiutect Cayo Servio Lupo, who, as can be seen from the inscription at the base of the Tower, dedicated the building to mars, the god of war. The lighthouse was in use until the 5th century, when raids by the Normans forced the inhabitants of the early settlement Brigantia to flee the area and seek refuge further inland.
It was not until the 15th century that the port was rebuilt by Alfonso IX and was named Crunia.
The museum houses a range of arms and weapons from the 18th century up to the present day.
The museum generally opens at 10:00 until 14:00 and then from 16:00 through to 19:00 (Monday - Saturday)
Sunday opening hours are 10:00 - 14:00.
A new cultural feature houses the permanent colelction of the works of Luis Seoane and visiting exhibits. During my visit - I enjoyed the work of 10 Galician artists in Latin American exile between 1930 and 1970.
The museum was inaugurated in 1990 by Rafael Taboada Vazquez - the Abbot of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria. The design of the museum was undertaken by Manuel Gallego Jorreto and is some 32 sqm (8m x 4m).
The museum holds a collection of silver and gold which has been treasured by the Abbey; the majority of the items of the collection come from the period between 1750 and 1825. This was when the abbey was at it's strongest financial position.