Often overlooked by travellers, La Coruña (or A Coruña in the local Galician language) is an enchanting port city with a Brighton-like feel. Located in Galicia in northwest Spain, it sits on a rocky peninsula in an estuary of the Atlantic ocean, giving it a wild, exotic flair. La Coruña port is busy distribution point for local agricultural goods and a popular stop for travelling cruise ships.
One major point of pride for locals in this city is the UNESCO-listed Torre de Hércules (Hercules Tower), the world’s only functioning Roman lighthouse. It’s nearly 2,000 years old and offers unparalleled views of the city and seaside from the top.
There are also numerous lovely beaches in La Coruña. If you’re used to Mediterranean swimming, the water may feel a little cold - but the waves are ideal for surfing and water sports.
Food is a major part of life for La Coruña, with tapas, empanadas and fresh seafood dishes making an appearance on most menus. Your best bet is to walk around the cobbled streets of the Ciudad Vieja (old city) and explore the restaurants in the main square, Plaza de María Pita. If you’re looking for something a little different from your typical Spanish beach holiday, you’ve come to the right place.