Situated on the Atlantic coast of Spain, La Coruna is an ancient and historic place whose history has maintained close links with its old fishing and commercial shipping roots. La Coruna came under Roman control in the 1st century BC, who built the Tower of Hercules, the oldest lighthouse in the world, which is still in use.
La Coruna was the port from which the Spanish Armada sailed against England in 1588. In 1589 the port was taken and almost totally destroyed. Several famous Spanish people lived in La Coruna, including Picasso, who trained in La Coruna as a teenager before showcasing his first exhibit in town. La Coruna has a large harbor and 8 beautiful beaches that surround the urban center. Four of these beaches, including the two largest ones in the city, are within walking distance from the Conference Palace. At the last half of the month of August, the weather will be optimal for a walk in the beach, or a swim in the ocean.
You can take a tour around the highlights of the city as well as the cuisine of Galicia. Begin with a drive along La Coruna's waterfront boulevard, and watch for the Archaeological Museum located at the castle of San Anton. You will stop at the city's most important monument, the Tower of Hercules. This age-old lighthouse dates back to Roman times and is still fully operational. Near the Town Hall you can continue your visit in the old part of the city.
Stop at a local restaurant to sample some local specialties, including Galician cheese, ham and three different dishes of seafood along with a glass of Galician wine. Meson Trotamundos restaurant in La Coruna serves the most delicious octopus dish, pulpo gallego, a Galician delicacy. If you are on a tight budget and want good value for money, pop into the conveniently situated restaurant Casa Santiso for their set lunch menu. Restaurante Bania is friendly and has a good service with delicious veggie dishes and salads, their specialty.
A short distance from the pier, you will pass by the Gardens of Los Cantones built on reclaimed land. Watch for the "galleries"-houses whose windows reflect sunlight and whose facades were built by fishermen out of wood and glass. You will pass the Castle of San Anton. Take some time to walk around the monument and the park. Continue along the promenade, past the Aquarium of La Coruna, the Museum of Mankind and the millennium obelisk made of glass.
From Mount San Pedro you will view the ocean, the Tower of Hercules and the city, and see the cannons with a range of 15 miles. Visit Maria Pita square, named for the lady who defeated Sir Francis Drake.
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