Information about the city - A Coruña

 

 

 

Domus MuseumWelcome to Green Spain, welcome to the north coast of the Iberian Peninsula! You are at the end of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Santiago), in Galicia, which is situated just above Portugal and faces both the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea. We are specifically referring to the capital of Galicia and the city of A Coruña.

 

The first impression of this city is big, bright and modern at the same time.

 

A Coruña is the second-largest city in the autonomous community. It is located on a peninsula, and its isthmus was in ancient times formed only by a small strip of sand.

 

 

 

We are talking about an attractive city at the very tip of Galicia. It is a perfect place for enjoying a gentle stroll around the streets and avenues where it is possible to discover Roman architecture as well as modern and innovative buildings. The atmosphere in the many magnificent town squares is excellent and full of the joy of life on a hot summer's day. Outside the city centre, the beaches, the marina, the fishing port and the commercial port still play a very important role for its people.

 

A Marina

 

The medieval quarter contains most of the historical monuments built before the 19th century together with many buildings dating to the Modernist period. In order to explore the laid-back Galician lifestyle you need to go for a walk down the new and very beautiful promenade, which is the longest in Europe and offers you plenty of opportunity for sightseeing. The fascinating waterfront is always buzzing with life and excitement. It is home for fishing boats as well as cruise ships.

 

Cruise shipsThe city is also well known for its excellent gastronomy which emphasizes the quality of raw materials over culinary technique. Therefore, gastronomy, waterfront and architecture with the UNESCO's World Heritage Site "Tower of Hercules" together make A Coruña a real pleasure for your senses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information about Spain on

www.tourspain.org

More information about Galicia on

www.turgalicia.es

More information about A Coruña on

www.turismocoruna.com

 

 

 

 

Transports

 

Air

There are direct, scheduled flights from and to London, Lisbon, Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Barcelona.

The Airport of Alvedro (LCG) is just half an hour from the city centre by bus, which has a regular service.

Additionally many airlines fly to Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) which is located less than an hour away from A Coruña.

 

 

Rail

The train station is just five minutes drive from the city centre, with frequent bus service and taxi.

For all the information on the rail network visit www.renfe.com

   

Bus

The main station is almost at the city centre. There is a wide range of companies, which provide bus connections with other areas. For information about the available routes call +34 981 184 335 or visit the webpage Tranvías Coruña.

 

 

Passport and visa

 

 

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Spain must have a valid passport and obtain a Spain visa before coming. But people of some countries who want to visit Spain temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles of reciprocity or national interest. For more details please visit the Spanish State Department.

 

 

Time zone

 

 

Spain time Central European Standard Time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

 

 

Climate

 

 

This area is frequently known as green Spain as a result of its temperate climate and elevated rain fall. The north of Spain has an average rain fall comparable with that found in the UK and France and four distinct seasons, although you must always carry an umbrella with you. The reason of this temperate climate are the hundreds of kilometers of coastline.

 

 

Currency

 

 

- Currency exchange: Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers.

 

- Credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, American Express and Master Card are widely accepted at major services in the larger cities. The best option is to choose a credit card provider who does not charge commission on overseas transactions and uses the current bank rate.

 

 

Business hours

 

 

At the shopping centers or shopping areas, the main stores don´t close at lunch time, just the small traders.

 

Opening hours at the city center: Monday - Saturday: 09.00 - 21.00 | Sunday: Closed

 

 

Emergencies and information

 

 

- 112 is the common emergency telephone number that can be dialed free of charge from any telephone or any mobile phone.

 

- For any information about the city, you can call 010 for free (from the city).

 

 

Tipping

 

 

Tipping was not common in Spain. Nevertheless, more and more people do it nowadays, may be because of the tourists influence. The waiters and waitresses always expect a tip, a bit of the change after the clients have paid their bill.

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