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The Torre de Hércules (or Tower of Hercules), a stone lighthouse perched at the edge of town, is the oldest Roman-built lighthouse still in use today. It’s been altered a bit—the original tower had an external staircase open to the elements, but...
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Overlooking the ocean, 12 massive sculptures bear silent witness to history, inviting interaction and contemplation. Galician artist Manolo Paz created the granite sculptures in 1994, inspired by the Neolithic menhirs, or standing stones, that are...
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Paseo Marítimo Alcalde Francisco Vázquez, 2, 15001 A Coruña, La Coruña, Spain
Jutting out into the bay, this sturdy castillo has protected the city—as a fortress, as a prison and as an isolation ward for sick sailors—since the 16th century. Now a designated national monument, the castle is home to the impressive...
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Rúa Zalaeta, 2, 15002 A Coruña, Spain
The city’s lively and long-standing arts scene was active before young Pablo Picasso studied art in A Coruña. The full history of the city's cultural past is laid out at the Museum of Fine Arts, a bright and spacious modern museum built into an...
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Praza de María Pita, s/n, 15001 A Coruña, Spain
Credited with defending the city against the invading naval forces of Sir Francis Drake, Maria Pita still stands victorious in the lively square named in her honor. The car-free plaza offers some fine examples of the city's famous glassed-in ...
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Built atop a fortified Bronze Age Celtic village, the ciudad vieja (old town) of A Coruña, with hilly, narrow medieval streets opening into leafy squares, is a charming compact neighborhood to explore. Enter the Romanesque churches, check out the...
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The town's oldest church serves as the starting point for the Camino Inglés, where English pilgrims who had just landed in port would begin the walk to Santiago de Compostela. Here, as in churches and shelters along the pilgrimage routes, you’ll...
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27001 Lugo, Spain
Celts and Romans left their mark throughout Galicia, but Rome’s enduring presence in Lugo is, well, solid as stone. The old city is the only one in Europe to be surrounded by intact 3rd-century Roman walls—designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—...
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Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Follow the well-worn footsteps of centuries of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, a spectacularly beautiful and historic city. The small and mostly pedestrian streets of the Old Town lead to and from the main cathedral square, Praza do Obradoiro....
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Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
After mysterious lights led a 9th-century hermit to St. James’s remains, King Alfonso II ordered that a chapel be built on the site. Since the Middle Ages, the magnificent cathedral has been the destination of pilgrims walking the Camino de...