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A Coruña, Spain
In the northwest part of Spain, a section of the country most people visit by a cruise ship, is a city called A Coruña that took my breath away when I visited. To put things in context, there is a raw, craggy coastline that looks out at the almost...
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A stylized barrel roof set above windows that mimic its arc speak of 1930s civic reform when street stalls were replaced with a bright and clean covered market. The design here is great, but the local produce is the star: tables piled with...
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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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Rúa Juan Flórez, 64-66, 15005 A Coruña, Spain
The worldwide clothing chain started in A Coruña in the 1970s when Amancio Ortega realized that the wives of local fishermen were underemployed and organized them into sewing cooperatives for a new company. Ortega, now the third-richest person in...
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Join the locals at this rustic restaurant serving delicious Galician fare at affordable prices. Order the pulpo a la feria (grilled octopus) and pimientos de Padrón (grilled chiles, mostly mild but sometimes you’ll be surprised by a fiery one)...
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You’ll never be more aware of the region's Celtic influence then when you hear traditional Galician music. The instruments, the lilting melodies and the thrumming beat sound like Irish music until the singing starts and the lyrics are in Gallego...
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Carretera Los Fuertes, s/n Monte de, 15011 A Coruña, Spain
Settle in for an unhurried, extraordinary culinary journey at this Michelin-starred modern restaurant. Chef Luis Veira wields the strength of the region's seafood in inventive dishes, served in a spare but comfortable setting. The tasting menu,...
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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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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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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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Fisterra, A Coruña, Spain
The end of The Way, where pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago come to burn their boots and dive into the sea - I think. We didn't see either, nor did we partake in said events, but it sounds like the sort of thing that would be fun if you arrived...
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AC-430, 2, 15119, La Coruña, Spain
Hike up the hill and get an eyeful of life in the iron-age at Castro de Borneiro. Each ring was likely once a dwelling where one family lived in one room with a fireplace.
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Rúa Principal, 9, 15121 Camelle, A Coruña, Spain
Known to local's simply as "El Alemán" or the German, Manfred Gnadinger, moved to this coastal village in Northwestern Spain, put on a loincloth and began creating his own personal sanctuary right on the coast. He lived in a small cement shack,...