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What to see in Terrassa

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What to visit in Terrassa

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Roman city of Égara became one of Catalonia’s principal economic driving forces. At one time, there were more than 40 factories in the city, the majority related to the textile sector. Most of the Modernist buildings dating back to that period are still standing today.

Terrassa, situated some 35 kilometres outside Barcelona, is the capital of the Vallés Occidental region, which it shares with Sabadell. The municipality boasts a rich built heritage and an interesting range of cultural options. In fact, the town hosts a series of concerts, fairs and exhibitions throughout the year. 

What to see in Terrassa

Due to its rich history, visiting Terrassa is like taking a journey back in time. However, the city has managed to combine both past and present. Proof can be found in the Modernist buildings that today house museums and cultural centres, or the conservation of many of the chimneys from the former factories.  

1. Vallparadís Park

Stretching out for 3.5 kilometres, this is one of Catalonia’s largest city parks. It runs through the city from north to south and is divided into various spaces, including a municipal swimming pool and a miniature train line. It is an ideal spot for visiting in Terrassa and enjoying a peaceful stroll, as it is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

2. Cartuja Castle

This 12th century castle is a great place to visit in Terrassa and is located in the centre of the city at the top of Vallparadís Park. In the 14th century, it ceased to be a stately home and was converted into a residence for monks. Today it houses the main facilities of the Terrassa Museum.   

3. Seu d’Ègara

Still in the park, just a short distance from the castle, visitors will find this medieval site that has been declared a National Monument. It is made up of three churches: San Pedro, Santa María and San Miguel.

La Seu conserves remains and the architectural styles of all the civilisations that have settled in this area throughout history. During the visit, you can admire exhibits from the days of the Iberians, as well as Roman columns and mosaics, Gothic altarpieces and the only Visigoth paintings in Europe.  

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4. Historic Quarter

One of the must-see places when visiting Terrassa is its historic quarter with its fascinating streets and buildings.  

  • Espíritu Santo Cathedral: built in the Late Gothic style, inside visitors can admire the outstanding Modernist chapel.
  • El Palau Tower: standing in the old square known as Plaza Vella, this tower is all that remains of the former 12th century Palace-Castle. The square is full of street cafés, making it one of the liveliest spots in the city.
  • City Hall: a Neo-gothic style building designed by the architect Lluís Muncunill.
  • Alegre de Sagrera House-Museum: the former home of the textile manufacturer Joaquim de Sagrera that still conserves the original murals and stained glass windows. Here, visitors can learn about the life of the bourgeoisie in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • La Independencia Market: one of the city’s historic buildings that today houses Terrassa’s municipal market.
  • Principal Theatre: another of the buildings that forms part of the city’s historical heritage.

5. Masía Freixa

One of the finest sites to see in Terrassa is this building in the style of Gaudí designed by the architect Muncunill. The owner, Josep Freixa, decided to convert his textile factory into a second home. The interior still contains the original furniture from the dining room and study. Today, this masía houses the Municipal Tourism Service and Catalonia’s Industrial Tourism Network.

Visitors can enjoy a walk around the building in San Jordi Park, which also features a Modernist design. This open space includes a picnic area and amphitheatre.

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6. Catalonia National Museum of Science and Technology 

The museum, housed in a former textile factory, not only stands out for its Modernist architecture, but also for its exhibitions, not to be missed if you are visiting Terrassa. One of them includes historical exhibits related to industrialisation and also provides an insight into the production of wool. Another exhibition describes the origin of the universe and includes an experience in the planetarium.

7. Textile Museum and Documentation Centre

Terrassa was a major centre for textile production and therefore a visit to the museum dedicated to this activity is a must. The museum not only describes the history of this industry, but is also home to a large collection of textile items from various countries.

What to see near Terrassa

Choosing a hotel close to the main roads in and out of the city makes it easy to visit other cities such as Barcelona and Sabadell as well as places not to be missed near Terrassa such as the Miniature Catalonia theme park and Güell Industrial Colony (both located half an hour outside the city).

Terrassa also boasts a spectacular natural setting, with attractions such as the Montserrat Massif and the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Nature Park. Hiking lovers will find various routes that will enable them to discover part of Catalonia’s Romanesque heritage.

The Best Restaurants in La Barceloneta

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The best restaurants in La Barceloneta

If you’re visiting Barcelona, make sure you visit its most seafaring district, home to a wide range of gastronomic options. But if you still don’t know where to eat in Barcelona, then head for the area known as La Barceloneta, where you’ll find ideal restaurants to suit all tastes. And the backdrop is simply amazing!

Restaurants with charm in Barcelona

La Barceloneta is not only Barcelona’s most seafaring district, but also one of the most traditional. It’s the perfect choice for an unforgettable day out, and of course, for sampling the very finest Catalonian gastronomy. However, La Barceloneta is not only a great place for enjoying local fare, but there are also numerous restaurants serving traditional Spanish and international dishes.  

That’s why La Barceloneta is one of the best areas for eating out in Barcelona. You’ll find several restaurants on the sea promenade itself, but also in the surrounding streets.

1881 Per Sagardi: one of the recommended restaurants in Barcelona  

1881 Per Sagardi is one of the recommended restaurants in Barcelona due to its magnificent sea views and prime location next to the port. It is part of the Catalonia History Museum and the menu features a wide selection of rice, fish and shellfish dishes prepared using traditional Basque Country recipes.

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You’ll also find hake barbels and char-grilled cod and even aged beef vaca vieja for authentic gourmets.

7 Portes: one of the most attractive restaurants in Barcelona

7 Portes is not only one of the most attractive restaurants in Barcelona, but it is also one of the oldest in the city. So if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in town and you’d like to try the finest traditional dishes of Barcelona, then the 7 Portes restaurant is just what you’re looking for.   

The seasonal rice dishes are an authentic delight, as well as the truffle cannelloni and of course the cod fritters, the house speciality.  

Maná 75

Lovers of paellas and rice dishes should head for Maná 75, in La Barceloneta. This attractive and spacious restaurant, furnished with round tables, can cater for large numbers of diners. Although rice dishes are the house speciality, don’t forget to try the shellfish and fish dishes and the selection of tapas.

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And best of all? Dine at the restaurant on one of the jazz evenings! Book a table inside or on the terrace and relax over a delicious dish to the accompaniment of some great sounds.

FOC Barceloneta

Why not venture out of your hotel in Barcelona and take a relaxing stroll down to the FOC Barceloneta restaurant? It’s situated right on the beach! If you love Latin American cuisine, then this is the restaurant for you. The dishes are prepared from the very freshest produce and always with a colourful and contemporary twist.

FOC is the perfect choice after an early start to your day and a trip to the beach, before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with charm in Barcelona and heading back to the beach for a rest.  

Cafetería Attica Bar: one of the best restaurants near La Barceloneta

Take advantage of the opportunity to spend a few days relaxing at the hotel Attica 21 Barcelona Mar. Here you’ll find comfortable rooms and a coffee shop serving a choice of dishes to be enjoyed in an elegant and laid-back setting. Pair any of the dishes on the menu at the Attica Bar with one of the wide choice of cocktails, or a traditional coffee or infusion.

What’s more, you can enjoy the comfortable rooms in a prime location in Barcelona, just a few steps away from the beach!

Can Sardi, experts in Catalonian cuisine

One of the recommended restaurants in Barcelona serving a menu of dishes made from the very freshest ingredients. Can Sardi is not only renowned for its traditional Catalonian fare, but also for the typical dishes of Sardinia. The pasta dishes, prepared in traditional style, fish and shellfish are all simply exquisite.

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Velissima Barcelona: one of the best places to eat in barcelona  

Velissima is a restaurant inspired by the 1950s, Amalfi Coast chic and the dolce vita. Entering Velissima is like taking a journey back to the Italy of yesteryear. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Barcelona, in this restaurant you’ll find typical Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta and all kinds of fish and shellfish. And the desserts are simply irresistible! And don’t forget to check out the wine list!

La Mar Salada, one of the best restaurants in La Barceloneta

One of the most recommended restaurants in La Barceloneta is La Mar Salada. Here you’ll find traditional Mediterranean dishes with an innovative and modern touch. This is an exclusive place to eat in Barcelona, so don’t give it a second thought and book your table.

All the ingredients are fresh and of excellent quality. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and views of the port.

Ají, a taste of Peru and Japan in Barcelona

For fans of Peruvian gastronomy, there’s no better place than Ají. Did you know that ají – the Spanish word for a type of chili pepper, is one of the most commonly used condiments in Peruvian cuisine? It is a long and extremely hot chilli pepper. Dishes inspired by this delicious chili pepper await you at the Ají restaurant in Barcelona.

Yet this popular restaurant not only offers traditional dishes from Peru. The menu also features reinvented dishes that combined the best of Japanese gastronomy. Ají is the pioneer and maximum exponent in Barcelona of this culinary style known as nikkei. Make sure you order the truly delicious tartare. Without a doubt, one of the best places to eat in Barcelona.

What to visit near Madrid

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What to see near Madrid

Madrid is known as a vibrant city offering countless activities for residents and visitors alike, with something to suit all tastes. However, the leisure and entertainment offer is not limited to the city: there are also several places and towns near Madrid that can be visited in a day, or even in an afternoon, including many natural sites. You can also try the local gastronomy, enjoy the spectacular and varied scenery or experience at first hand the history and culture of this area of Spain. All this and more is part of what to see near Madrid.

Attractions near Madrid

There are many picturesque towns near Madrid, where you can also connect with nature. These are the best places to visit near Madrid:

Navacerrada

Navacerrada is one of the places near Madrid that is well worth a visit (just 52 km away), where you can rest, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Apart from its stunning natural landscapes, it is also the site of Navacerrada Pass, where the ski resort is located, a major attraction for visitors in winter.

In the town, the most outstanding examples of architecture are to be found in the church and on Paseo de los Españoles avenue.

Sierra de Guadarrama Mountain Range

According to the residents of Madrid, the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range is one of the most recommendable attractions to visit near Madrid. It can be accessed via several means of transport and boasts a variety of landscapes including paths, mountains and in some places the popular River Tagus, the longest in the Iberian Peninsula.

The mountain range offers a choice of activities, the most popular of which include the following:

  • Sporting activities: in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, you can go hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking. In winter, you can go skiing, climbing or snowboarding.  
  • Organised activities: visitors can sign up for several activities that are free of charge and organised by the Nature Park authorities. However, it must be remembered that numbers are limited. The best-known include a visit to the Monk’s Cave, the Arroyos del Mar streams or the Baños de Venus pool. The degree of difficulty for each activity varies, enabling visitors to choose the most suitable one for them. They are generally organised each weekend.
  • Bird and plant watching: the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range includes special routes for bird watching and spotting difference species of plants and botanicals. Details are available at the park’s information points.

Other places to visit near Madrid

El Paular

On the list of places to visit near Madrid, you will also find the Royal Monastery of El Paular, better known simply as El Paular. It is located in Rascafría, which is also part of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range. This monastery was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, in the Monument category, more than a century ago, which is one of the reasons why it is a popular choice for weekend visitors.

El Paular is open to the public and offers self-guided audio tours (with headphones) as well as guided tours (by the monks themselves), where visitors can admire the tabernacle, church and chapterhouse.

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Castle routes near Madrid

The list of places to visit near Madrid includes castles and fortresses, icons of the Middle Ages that today are part of the tourist routes.

Examples on this route include the Castle of San Ildefonso and El Escorial Monastery. Both options are within easy reach of Madrid and offer visitors a wealth of architecture, history and culture (in summer there are frequent live music performances or presentations). 

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Apart from the visits and the wealth of history, another attraction is the chance to sample the local gastronomy. However, there are many other places to visit near Madrid that are famous for their charm and that are a great option for a weekend meal or an enjoyable afternoon. Here are a few examples:

  • Buitrago del Lozoya: the attractions include a walled enclosure as well as Buitrago Castle, built during the Christian reconquest of Spain. 

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  • Manzanares el Real: Mendoza or the New Castle is one of the most outstanding fortifications in this area. It is also the site of the ruins of another fortress known as the Old Castle.
  • Torrelodones: this location boasts the best-conserved Moorish watchtower in the autonomous community of Madrid, and tourists flock here to take photographs.

In addition, cities such as Segovia, Ávila, Toledo and Salamanca are relatively close to Madrid and can also be visited in a day provided you set out early from the capital. Depending on your chosen destination, the journey will take between 45 minutes and two hours.

Madrid’s excellent location makes it easy to get around the various municipalities, which is why you are advised to stay in a good area that will enable you to relax, connect with nature and also visit the capital – an excellent idea for those eager to explore more than just the city.

What to do in madrid this weekend

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What to do in Madrid at the weekend

Madrid can proudly claim to be the European capital with the most hours of daylight. However, there is much more to the city than this as it boasts a vast architectural, cultural, natural and gastronomic heritage. In fact, several of the world’s finest museums and theatres are located in Madrid, which is also noted for its lively street life.

Discovering all the delights of Madrid in just 48 hours is an impossible task, although it is always possible to get a taste of its essence by visiting the best-known landmarks. So, if you’re planning a short break, you’ll want to know what to do in Madrid at the weekend.

What to do in Madrid on a Saturday

Madrid’s various districts, both in the city centre and on the outskirts, are well connected by public transport, which link the city’s most popular tourist spots. What can I do in Madrid on a Saturday?

Puerta del Sol Square

This is Madrid’s best-known square and the site of several places of interest:

  • The zero kilometre, a slab from where all Spain’s national roads radiate.
  • The statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, the symbol of the city.
  • Casa de Correos, which currently houses the autonomous government of Madrid, and home to the famous clock that transmits the chimes that welcome in the New Year.

Oriente Square

This square is reached from Arenal Street and is flanked by three of Madrid’s most important buildings: the Royal Theatre, also known as the Opera House, the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral.

Mayor Street and Mayor Square

Calle Mayor is a street lined with historic shops and bars serving two classic Madrid delicacies: chocolate con churros and calamari baguettes.

The square is equally popular – a vast space with street cafés that is ideal for taking a break and enjoying an appetiser. Not far away is San Miguel Market, a meeting point for foodies. There’s definitely no better way of spending a Saturday in Madrid!

Callao Square

One of the things you can do in Madrid at the weekend, and that not many people know about, is to take a trip up to the eighth floor of El Corte Inglés department store and access the vantage point. The views of the city are spectacular, especially at sunset.

Gran Vía

Callao Square brings you to Gran Vía, an avenue that is famous for its stores and theatres. However, also worth observing are its Modernist-style buildings with their rooftop statues.

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Temple of Debod

Walking down Gran Vía brings you to Spain Square, from where you can access the Temple of Debod, an Egyptian building dating back to the 2nd century BCE and set among landscaped gardens.

What to do in Madrid on a Sunday

After a refreshing night’s sleep at one of the best hotels for relaxing in the surroundings, there can be nothing better than a breakfast of chocolate con churros to fill you with energy for the rest of your visit to Madrid.

Paseo del Prado Walk

After leaving Atocha railway station and walking along the famous Paseo del Prado walk, you can visit several of the sites considered absolute musts for any visitor to Madrid. They include three of the world’s most outstanding art galleries: El Prado National Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and the Reina Sofía Art Centre and National Museum. Other attractions include Madrid’s best-known fountains – Cibeles and Neptune – as well as the Botanical Gardens.

Behind Cibeles you can admire Cibeles Palace, home to Madrid City Council, and an absolute must for anyone spending a weekend in Madrid.

Alcalá Gate

From Paseo del Prado walk, heading towards Alcalá Street, you come to Alcalá Gate, one of the most photographed monuments in Madrid.

El Retiro Park

Alfonso XII Street brings you to one of the best places to enjoy this weekend in Madrid free of charge: El Retiro Park. This is Madrid’s largest park and is a favourite with many for relaxing, playing sports or visiting the temporary exhibitions. It is crisscrossed with countless paths flanked by plants and leafy trees. There is also a lake where you can go rowing, peacocks, statues and the striking Crystal Palace. So now you know what to do in Madrid this weekend!

What to do near Madrid this weekend

If this isn’t your first trip to Madrid and you’d prefer to try different experiences, there are alternative options for spending next weekend in Madrid. Depending on where you are staying, you can take a number of excursions in the great outdoors or visit other towns: 

  • Discover Toledo, Ávila or Segovia.
  • Take a walk around the Enchanted City in Cuenca.
  • Visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
  • Go hiking in the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares Regional Park.

What to see in Madrid in a day

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What to see in Madrid in a day

Madrid boasts a wealth of architectural heritage, picturesque districts, attractive city parks, museums and monuments, as well as a delicious and varied gastronomy. It is impossible to see all the treasures this city conceals in one or even two days.

However, if you’re short of time, you can always visit the city’s best-known landmarks and the sites that every visitor to the city should discover.

What to do in Madrid in a day

Most of the principal landmarks are located within the same area, forming a route that can easily be completed on foot.

1. El Retiro Park

Madrid’s largest city park is a favourite spot for Madrid’s residents who flock there to rest and unwind from their busy lives. The park is filled with statues and gardens that are ideal for a gentle stroll. However, visitors can also enjoy the performances of street artists and musicians or take a peaceful boat ride on the lake. The park’s most striking building is the Crystal Palace, which houses temporary exhibitions. If you’re looking for something to do in Madrid in a day, then we recommend you check out the upcoming exhibitions that will be held there.

2. Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate)

The Retiro Park’s eighteen gates include one of Alcalá Street, famous for being one of the longest in Spain. It is also the site of the iconic Alcalá Gate, a monument that was once part of the city walls.

3. Cibeles Fountain

Making your way along the same street towards the centre, you come to Cibeles Square and its famous fountain, an authentic icon for fans of Real Madrid football club. It is also the site of major buildings such as the City Hall or Bank of Spain.

4. Puerta del Sol Square

Puerta del Sol is located at the end of Alcalá Street and is the site of the zero kilometre marker from which the country’s national roads radiate. It is an absolute must for anyone visiting Madrid in a day. The Casa de Correos or Royal House of the Post Office is the most striking, with its famous bell tower whose 12 chimes welcome in the New Year. The square is also the site of one of the city’s symbols: the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree.

5. Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

Walking down Calle Mayor, you come to this vast porticoed square, lined with three-storey buildings in striking reddish tones. The ground floors house a wealth of traditional tapas bars.

Other tourist sites to see in Madrid in a day

6. San Miguel Market

One of the best things to do in Madrid in a day, apart from tasting the delicious chocolate con churros, is to go for tapas. The dozens of stalls you’ll find in this market are perfect for tasting the wide variety of tapas, paired with a refreshing beer.

7. Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace

At the end of the street known as Calle Mayor stand two buildings: the city’s most important cathedral and the former residence of the Spanish monarchs. The tour of the Royal Palace offers visitors the chance to explore its many rooms and the Royal Armoury.

Close by are the Sabatini Gardens and the Campo del Moro Gardens, which lead to the River Manzanares.

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8. Temple of Debod

Crossing Sabatini Gardens brings you to this Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century BCE. The temple was gifted by Egypt to thank Spain for its help in the construction of the dam in the region of Nubia. The best time to visit is at sunset, when the sun’s rays cast shades that surround the temple in an aura of mystery.

9. Plaza de España (Spain Square)

Just a short distance from the temple is the Plaza de España or Spain Square, site of the monument to Cervantes. It is flanked by the Madrid Towers and the Spain Building, the first skyscrapers to be built in the city and two of the must-sees during a day in Madrid.

10. Gran Vía

The route ends on Gran Vía, Madrid’s busiest shopping street. In addition to the many shops and restaurants, visitors can also attend a show at one of the theatres located on this street.

What to see near Madrid

Finding accommodation in the centre of Madrid can sometimes be difficult, and due to the noise many tourist opt for rest in quieter hotels on the outskirts. Most are well connected by road or train, and the journey to the city centre takes just a few minutes.

If you’re staying on the outskirts and would like to know what to visit near Madrid, you have the chance to visit a number of interesting alternative sites. Below are just a few of the many tourist attractions to be found in the north of the autonomous region of Madrid:

    •  Las Rozas Village, a huge shopping mall and the perfect place for leisure and a little retail therapy.
  • El Escorial, a 16th century monastery included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It includes a royal palace, a basilica, a library and the royal pantheon.
  • La Granja de San Ildefonso, in Segovia. This is one of the finest palaces in Spain, set amidst carefully tended grounds and monumental fountains. An attraction close to Madrid that is definitely not to be missed.
  • Hiking in the spectacular setting of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range.

What to see in A Coruña in a day

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Visiting La Coruña in a day

La Coruña (A Coruña in the Galician language), a city located in the north-west of Galicia, is considered the capital of the Rías Altas. Its magnificent natural setting of rugged green landscapes bathed by the Atlantic, together with a rich architectural heritage, make this one of the province’s most popular tourist destinations.

This history of this port city goes back more than two thousand years and is reflected in its customs and traditions, but also in its gastronomy, which is closely linked to the sea.   

What to see in Coruña in a day

The city of A Coruña is not too large, which makes it ideal for exploring in a day, strolling around its medieval streets and discovering other sites of tourist interest.

1. La Marina Avenue

This pedestrian street, which runs parallel to the port and is lined with restaurants and coffee shops, is popular with visitors due to the magnificent glass balconies of the buildings that overlook the sea, earning the city its nickname of the “City of Glass”. However, in actual fact, these façades are really the rear of the houses, the front of which look onto María Pita Square.

The avenue takes us to the Parrote Viewpoint, which boasts magnificent views of the entire bay and San Antón Castle.

2. María Pita Square

This is La Coruña’s best-known square and the heart of its historic quarter. In the middle of the square stands a statue of the local heroine, María Pita, and facing it is the City Hall, where the council meets. On the façade we can see four figures representing each of the Galician provinces. This is one of the most recommendable places to visit during your day in A Coruña!

3. Marqués de San Martín Square

Just a few steps away from this square is another smaller one with a particular charm: Marqués de San Martín Square. It is the site of the Church of San Jorge, with a façade that clearly reflects the influence of the Baroque style of Santiago de Compostela.

4. Historic quarter

La Coruña’s historic quarter is characterised by its low-rise houses, cobbled streets and many delightful corners that are well worth a visit. It is home to several sites of interest that can easily be visited in a day

  • The Church of Santiago, a 12th century temple that is visited by many of the pilgrims travelling the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago).
  • Emilia Pardo Bazán House Museum.
  • San Carlos Garden and its viewpoint.

5. Sea Promenade

La Coruña boasts Europe’s longest sea promenade, which extends for 13 kilometres around the bay. Sites of interest include the Finisterrae Aquarium and the Domus, or Museum of Humankind. Visitors should also look out for the eye-catching red modernist-style lampposts.

Other sites not to be missed when spending a day in A Coruña  

6. San Antón Castle

The building, a former defence fortress dating back to the 16th century, stands on a small island connected to the Sea Promenade. It houses A Coruña’s Archaeology and History Museum. 

7. The Tower of Hercules

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Continuing along the Sea Promenade, we come to the jewel of La Coruña, listed as a World Heritage Site. Rising up 55 metres and built in the 1st century CE by the Romans, it is the world’s oldest working lighthouse. The top of the tower affords breathtaking views of the ocean. To see the tower in operation, it must be visited before sunrise, which is why we recommend you make this landmark the first stop on your one-day tour of A Coruña.

Just a short distance away we can admire the twelve Menhirs for Peace, which are part of the Tower of Hercules Sculpture Park

8. Orzán and Riazor Beaches

After leaving the Tower, the Sea Promenade brings us to A Coruña’s two most popular city beaches. The Millennium Obelisk stands nearby, erected to commemorate the start of the 21st century.

9. San Pedro Hill

Next to the obelisk is an escalator that takes us to the top of San Pedro Hill, which boasts the most spectacular views of the city and the coastline.

10. Estrella Galicia Museum (MEGA)

This is a space created to teach visitors about the history of Estrella Galicia beer and its production process. The activities also include tasting sessions and a virtual music festival.  

What to see in the surroundings of La Coruña in a day

After discovering what to see in La Coruña in a day in the central areas, it’s time to plan a very special excursion, as there are many fascinating places to visit outside the city. It is therefore advisable to stay at a hotel close to the main roads leading in and out of La Coruña, which connect with the city centre and numerous places of interest, making them easy to visit. Here are a few examples:   

  • Santa Cristina Beach, situated ten minutes outside the city centre, offering all the services you could need away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • The town of Santa Cruz and its picturesque castle standing on an island.
  • The seaside towns of Sada, Mera.
  • Finisterre Lighthouse. An absolute must for anyone spending a day in La Coruña!

The Tower of Hercules: everything you need to know

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Hercules Lighthouse: everything you need to know

The Tower of Hercules, also referred to as Hercules’ Lighthouse, is located in the Galician city of La Coruña, in Spain. Fifty-five metres high, it is famous because it is the world’s only working Roman lighthouse (as well as being the oldest). For this reason, it has been included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Today it is considered as one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, due to its outstanding historical value and interest.

The History of the Tower of Hercules  

To date, there is no documented evidence of the origins of Hercules’ Lighthouse. However, it is known that it was rebuilt by the Romans between the 1st and 2nd centuries CE to guide the ships that sailed the western seaboard of their empire. Until the 20th century, it was known as Farum Brigantium and its construction is attributed to the Portuguese architect Gaius Sevius Lupus.

The first mention of Hercules’ Lighthouse dates back to the year 415 CE, when the writings of the day referred to “a tall lighthouse that stood in the city of Galicia, Brigantium”. It is also mentioned as “part of the route to Britannia”.

The lighthouse fell into disuse in the Middle Ages, but it was later used as a defensive element. The first renovation of the tower dates back to the 17th century, when a wooden staircase was built to reach the top. However, it was not until the reign of Charles III that it was completely rebuilt, following the designs of the Spanish engineer Eustaquio Giannini.

An interesting fact about the history of the Tower of Hercules is that it is twinned with the Statue of Liberty in New York, USA and with El Morro Lighthouse in Havana, Cuba, the oldest on the American continent.

And, if you’re wondering how many steps the Tower of Hercules has, the answer is around 230, the equivalent of 2,215 footsteps. In other words, a climb to the top will burn off around 300 calories.

Today, the site where the lighthouse stands is a museum where visitors can admire the works of several major artists, set against a natural backdrop.

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The Tower of Hercules and its Legends

The Tower of Hercules is shrouded in legend. One tale claims that the mythical hero Hercules who arrived here by ship and buried the head of a giant he had defeated in battle. Other historians believe that this may have been the site of the legendary Breogan Tower, associated with Irish mythology.

Tickets for the Tower of Hercules

Admission tickets for the Tower of Hercules can be purchased at the Visitor and Information Centre or online at the lighthouse’s official website. The general admission fee is 3 euros and the reduced rate is €1.50.

Admission is free on Mondays, but you must obtain a ticket from the sales office. Opening times are shorter in autumn and winter, from 9.45 to 17.00, but from June to September the tower is open from 10.00 to 21.00.

It takes around 40 minutes to visit the tower, but if you require a guided tour, you should allow an hour. These tours are available at 12 noon and 16.00, although in summer there is an additional tour at 20.00. Numbers are limited.

If you’re travelling from outside La Coruña, we recommend you choose a hotel that is within easy reach of the tower. The Hotel Attica21 Coruña is just 12 minutes’ drive from the tower. By bus, the journey takes around 45 minutes. What’s more, if you’re a sports fan and are fit enough to cycle up a steep slope, it will take you just 30 minutes by bike from the hotel.

Likewise, if you’re planning to visit the tower over the Christmas season, remember that both the offices and the lighthouse are closed on 24th, 25th and 31st December, as well as the afternoon of 1st and 5th January and all day on 6th January.

Other sites of interest close to the Tower of Hercules  

There are several other sites of interest to visitors within easy reach of the Hercules’ Lighthouse:

  • Orzán Beach.
  • Riazor Beach.
  • Emilia Pardo Bazán House Museum.
  • Termaria Casa del Agua Spa and Fitness Centre.
  • Santa Margarita Park.
  • Science Museum.
  • San Antón Castle.
  • San Pedro and Bens Park.
  • Europa Park.
  • Visma village.

Things to do in A Coruña

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Things to do in Coruña

A Coruña is one of Galicia’s most popular tourist cities. A unique destination that is well worth visiting! Apart from the city itself, there is also a large number of interesting sites and landmarks that will make your stay even more enjoyable. Read on to discover what to see in La Coruña in a day!

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Things to do in Coruña: nearby places to visit

Santiago de Compostela

If you’re travelling by car, getting around Galicia is easy, as everything is well connected. The provincial capital, Santiago de Compostela, is just 40 minutes’ drive from Coruña, and is well worth a visit.

In Santiago de Compostela, the perfect destination for a day trip, you can tour the centre and admire its wealth of attractions: the narrow streets lined with traditional Galician craft and souvenir shops are perfect for exploring.

Obradoiro Square lies at the heart of Santiago and is the site of the cathedral, an absolute must-see. Visit the tomb of the Apostle Saint James and delve into traditions of the city. What’s more, if your visit coincides with a demonstration of the vast thurible known as the botafumeiro, you will be treated to a truly unforgettable experience.

Don’t miss the chance to have lunch at the market, one of the city’s principal tourist attractions, or to enjoy a relaxing stroll around the quaint narrow streets.  

A day in the Rías Baixas

One of the best things to do when staying in Coruña is to take a trip to the famous Rías Baixas. If you’re looking for things to do in Coruña in a day, take a drive to discover the popular As Furnas beaches, an idyllic spot where you can enjoy stunning views.

They can be visited all year round, but the best time is undoubtedly the summer, when the beaches attract surfers and bathers ready to defy the waves. Remember to take a snack and all the supplies you need, as there are no restaurants located nearby.

If you’re looking for a family beach, then Cabío is the best option. It is located in Puebla del Caramiñal and is ideal for practising water sports such as kayaking. There are also a number of beach bars where you can enjoy the finest Galician gastronomy, making your day an unforgettable experience.  

Things to do in Coruña: tour the city in a day!

Coruña is a truly delightful city. There are lots of things to do! If you’d like to explore the city but don’t have too much time, we recommend you stay on the outskirts close to the commercial district, which is ideal for guaranteeing a restful experience and recharging your batteries, ready for a tour of this iconic city. The historic centre has everything you could wish for. Looking for things to do in La Coruña in a day? Read on!

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Visit the Tower of Hercules

One of the best things to do in Coruña is visit the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest working lighthouse. It has a height of 55 metres, 36 metres of which were built by the Romans.

Apart from the popular lighthouse, you should also take time to visit the Tower of Hercules Sculpture Park, an open-air museum that extends for some 47 hectares around the Tower.  

And whilst you’re in town, don’t miss the emblematic María Pita Square. This is one of the city’s principal landmarks, a meeting point for local residents and an absolute must on your list of things to see in La Coruña in a day. The square covers more than 10,000 square metres and is the site of the City Hall, as well as other points of interest.

The city’s port

One of the best things to do in A Coruña is to take a tour of the city’s port. The quays cover an area of more than six kilometres, making it one of the most important sites in the city. Each day, numerous ships arrive in the port to unload fresh produce that is then distributed around the city’s various markets.

A tour of the historic quarter, something to do in A Coruña 

One of the places not to be missed in A Coruña it is famous historic quarter, also known as the Old City or Old Town. Here you’ll find the traditional houses where the nobles once lived and which today are the home of several distinguished Galician personalities.

You’ll discover emblematic stone buildings with their traditional glass galleries, one of the typical architectural features of this area, as well as several sites of tourist interest such as the churches of Santiago, Santa María and Santo Domingo. Spend a day exploring the finest landmarks in A Coruña’s historic quarter!