Cruises to La Coruna

256 Reviews
La Coruna (Photo:Botond Horvath/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to La Coruna

The gateway to Galicia, situated on the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, is a common port on many cruises to Spain. Built on an ancient Celtic hill fort, much of this compact Spanish city is manageable on foot. Brimming with history, tradition and splendid architecture, it features a wealth of open spaces, parks and pristine beaches. Residents take pride in their Celtic heritage, and cherish the survival of Galego, their language.

The miradores (glass-fronted balconies) of the tall apartment buildings overlooking the harbor in the Avenida de la Marina are distinctive features of this handsome yet gritty place. Residents can admire the views while helping to protect against the strong winds that sweep in from the Atlantic Ocean. This led to the town being called the Crystal City.

Flourishing San Carlos Garden, which sits atop the old San Carlos fort, is located just inland from the cruise ship pier. Sir John Moore is buried there. He was the British general who led the British and Spanish troops against Napoleon's army in the 1809 Battle of Corunna and died in the fighting. The garden makes a good starting point for a stroll around, the Ciudad Vieja, or old town. This quarter, all spires and cobbled lanes, contains remains of the Roman wall that once protected it. Besides a flurry of look-at-me churches, there is an impressive collection of galleries, clusters of restaurants, tapas bars and quirky shops that spill into the winding alleyways. A Coruna also has museums for all tastes, so whether your bag is art, clocks or archeology, you will find one to suit you.

The Town Hall is in pedestrian-only Mar?a Pita Square, which owes its name to the feisty heroine of the same name. From the nearby port of El Ferrol, the Spanish Armada sailed to invade Britain, but only half of the galleons returned. Later, Sir Francis Drake led a retaliatory invasion, but it was repelled in 1589 by the citizens of A Coruna led by Maria Pita. The square is enclosed on three sides by buildings and arcades.

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More about La Coruna

Why Cruise to La Coruna?

Pros:

History buffs take note: La Coruna has museums aplenty, plus the world's oldest lighthouse

Cons:

La Coruna, like any large city, has some crime. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings

Bottom Line:

Enjoy outstanding seafood, museum tours and excursions to nearby beaches

La Coruna Cruise Port Facilities?

A marina is just in front of the cruise terminal, and there is a shop and caf?. Being so close to town, there is no need to hang around the port.

Good to Know?

As in most cities these days, it pays to be alert and aware of your surroundings. A good idea is to take your ship's daily newspaper with you so that you have the emergency numbers on hand if you should need them. Leave expensive items in the safe in your cabin.

Getting Around?

By Car: If you want to travel further afield, you can rent from Avis (Plaza de Vigo; 981 121201) and Europcar (Avda, Artejo 21; 981 143536).

By Bus: There are 22 bus routes that cover most of A Coruna for around 1.45 euros.

By Bike: Rent a bike from Eco-Logica, which is near the Domus museum at the end of Orzan beach. The town has a lot of hills. Prices from around 6 euros per hour. (Calle Cantabrico 2; 981 904 040)

By Tram: A tram starts at the Playa de Riazor and goes around the city, following the coastline and finishing at the harbor. It makes several stops, including the Tower of Hercules lighthouse, the Domus museum and Castle of San Anton. The fare is 1 euro per ride.

Note: Most of A Coruna can be covered on foot.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency is the euro. A few ATMs are dotted around town. Otherwise, look for the word "Cambio" (Exchange).

Language?

Two official languages are spoken, Spanish and Galician, but many people speak very good English.

Where You're Docked?

The name of the cruise dock - Transatlantic Quay -- reflects its location on the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. A Coruna is the closest European port to New York. A five-minute walk takes you from the port to the city center. Bus stops sit close to the cruise terminal, and you can reach Torre de Hercules (see Don't Miss section) by the No. 3 or No. 5 bus. You'll get tourist information and maps from the tourist office just outside the cruise terminal gates, where you'll also see taxis. Agree the fare before setting off.


La Coruna Cruise Reviews
Last minute, Viking's reputation for seamless travel (which it achieved), cruise ports (unhappy to have lost Liverpool without explanation). La Coruna is a true gem and is slated for a return visit--nice people, lotsRead More
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lawriegr
The centre of this modern city is easily reached from the cruise pier -- a short walk to the main streets. I took a tour to Santiago de Compostela, so didn't spend any actual time in La Coruna.Read More
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kenny654
Great little 'city'. There is plenty of tat to buy from street traders. I would highly recommend the restaurant 'la tagliatelle ' where we went for lunch. Amazing Italian food. The beach is great, but pack some footRead More
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11thDoctor
The ship docks in the town so it's an easy walk off to explore. La Coruna looks like a perfectly nice place to live, but I can't say there's anything that you must or should see in particular. There is a good bit of Read More
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