One day in A Coruña

A few years ago I attended a conference on Renewable Energies in As Pontes de García Rodríguez (A Coruña), town where the most powerful thermal power plant in Spain is located, which by then had exhausted the coal stocks in the mine from which it was supplied, leaving an immense hole in the ground that, as they explained to us, they intended to fill with water from the river Eume. Fortunately the project has been carried out and today the hole has become the largest artificial lake in Europe (18Km perimeter).

Well, once the congress was over I decided to stay a day in A Coruña to get to know the city a little better. I stayed in a hotel located on Riazor beach, almost in the center, practically at the height of the isthmus of the peninsula in which the city is located.

It was a Saturday in June and when I woke up in the morning, the sight of the beach and the promenade along which many people walked and ran invited us to go out and join them. I started walking with the intention of touring the entire beautiful and well-kept promenade that completely borders the peninsula. I was slowly approaching the Tower of Hercules enjoying the landscape and, of course, upon arrival I made the required visit and spent some time touring the green areas of its surroundings and admiring the great compass rose built on the ground, in a space very close to the sea.


After finishing the visit and returning to the Paseo Marítimo, I did not feel strong enough to finish the tour on foot. So I took the tourist tram that made the full route during the summer and I say why an unfortunate derailment occurred at the beginning of July last year, together with a lack of profitability and a poor condition of the tracks in some points of Its layout led to the decision of the City Council to abolish the sine die service, so I doubt that this summer visitors to A Coruña will be able to enjoy this pleasant trip on a tram from the beginning of the 20th century.

The tram dropped me off at the marina, almost in front of the beautiful seafront that with its white glazed viewpoints has become an icon of the city. I went into the old neighborhood and immediately found the Plaza de María Pita, an emblematic place dedicated to the heroine who defended the city from the attack of the English back in the 16th century. In the square is the Town Hall and also the restaurant that they had recommended to me to eat well, the La Penela restaurant. It is located in a modernist building in a corner of the square and offers traditional Galician food, but its elegant appearance did not correspond with my clothes, shirt and sweatpants, so I opted to enter the Tavern of the same name that is in the next corner. There, in a more popular, friendly and familiar environment, I remember having a Betanzos-style potato omelette that was delicious.


After changing my clothes at the hotel, I spent part of the afternoon walking through the pedestrian and commercial Real street and its surroundings and then go to Colon Theater, located on Avda. de la Marina in a very pleasant green space next to the Méndez Núñez gardens, where I attended a concert scheduled within the framework of the Mozart Festival that is held in A Coruña every year during the months of May and June. At the exit, I walked to the street of the Strip, full of bars and taverns that, due to their marked tourist nature, still remained open some of them. A scallop gratin and a portion of Galician octopus, washed down both dishes with a good alvariño, satisfied my appetite and put an end to my visit to the city of A Coruña.