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The city is famous for its Roman Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse which has been in continuous operation since possibly the 2nd century AD. It has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The lighthouse features as the main embelem of the city’s flag and coat of arms. But La Coruña holds many other things that are worth a visit.
The city of La Coruña is also known as the City of glass, because of the “Galerias” that cover many of its buildings. The “Galerias” are galzed window balconies.
The Old Town (Ciudad Vieja in Spanish) is the oldest part of A Coruña. It preserves the stronghold known as the Old Fortress, now converted into the Garden of San Carlos, in which Sir John Moore is buried. Its streets and squares revive the city’s medieval and baroque history and noble mansions and residences. Notable buildings are the Royal Galician Academy, the institution dedicated to the study of Galician culture and especially the Galician language, the Romanic churches of Santiago and Saint Mary, As Bárbaras Monastery (Romanic and Baroque) and the headquarters of the Operational Logistics Force of the Spanish Army. In July, a Medieval Fair takes place in the streets of the Old City.
The city has several museums, such as the Castle of San Antón Archaeological Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Unión Fenosa Museum of Contemporary Art (MACUF) and the network of scientific museums (Casa das Ciencias, which also includes a planetarium, DOMUS and Aquarium Finisterrae).
A Coruña’s social scene is most popular on Summer nights. Most bars and clubs are on Calle Orzan, which runs directly parallel to Paseo Maritimo on the beach side. Another popular destination, for mostly a more youthful crowd, is Los Jardines (The Gardens), a park near the beginning of Calle Real and the Los Cantones Village Shopping Centre.
María Pita Square, the most important square in the city. Notable landmarks are the City Hall and the statue of the local heroine Maria Pita.
Mount of San Pedro Park, a former military area, with spectacular views over the city and the ria. You can arrive by road or using an elevator from the promenade. It has a cafe, play areas, gardens and three restored artillery pieces.
The promenade (Paseo Marítimo) is nine kilometres long, one of the largest in Europe. It runs around the city’s headland, passing sights such as its Aquarium, the Estadio Riazor and the Tower of Hercules. There is a touristic tramway that covers the stretch between the Parrote and the Esclavas School.
In the summertime, the Orzan and Riazor beaches are immensely popular destinations, located directly opposite of the port in the central part of the city. During María Pita festivity, which takes place all over August, Riazor is the venue of Noroeste Pop Rock Festival, a free music festival with groups from Spain and abroad.
Another popular celebration that you can not miss is the Night of San Juan. Probably the biggest celebration in the city that happens every year on June the 23rd (night). This night, everybody in the city goes out and makes fires, eats sardines and have fun all night long.
More information at A Coruna tourism office web page