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About La Coruna

The name of Coruna's cruise dock - Transatlantic Quay - reflects its location on the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsular making it - you might be surprised to learn - the closest European port to New York.

It is a charming mixture of old town and new town also with a couple of beaches along the two-mile stretch of coastline it overlooks. The colonnaded Maria Pita Square is at the heart of the old town, with many shops, bars and restaurants all around. There are various fascinating museums including the interactive House of Mankind plus an aquarium and planetarium.

Coruna is also the main Atlantic gateway to one of the most ruggedly scenic regions in Spain - Galicia. Among its attractions is one of the worlds great pilgrimage destinations: Santiago de Compostela, with its Romanesque cathedral.

 

Shore excursions in La Coruna

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Atlantic Woods Hike

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Explore the largest, protected coastal Atlantic forest in Europe on this small group tour.

After crossing Fornelos Hanging Bridge over the Eume River, a trek of approximately 1.3 miles (1½hrs) is waiting for you to explore the largest coastal Atlantic forest in Europe, Fragas do Eume Nature Park. Home to many endangered species of flora and fauna, the forest also echoes a unique history, particularly strengthened during Medieval times.

Following along the trail of the Eume River, you will be in the midst of Galicia’s Fragas, mixed woodland mainly of oak, alders, birch, ferns and ash trees. This vegetation creates the ideal habitat for an enormous variety of woodland animals.

Take a moment to capture on camera one of the many waterfalls that you will encounter along the densely forested mountain slope.

At the end of the trail, you will reach Caaveiro Monastery, a real architect’s jewel. Rescued from the 9th Century, it stands at the heart of the Nature Park and displays the marks of the several transformations undertaken over the centuries.

A well deserved stop will be made at Taverna de Caaveiro, where you can quench your thirst with a refreshing soft drink, coffee or tea, accompanied by a local Spanish omelette, olives, biscuits and cake.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and is only suitable for those in good physical condition, with no breathing/heart problems. Passengers with back or neck injuries, pregnant women and children may not participate. There is approximately 1½ hours’ total walking uphill and along mixed terrain, including some scrambling and limited use of fixed ropes. Please wear footwear suitable for hiking. A bottle of water and a trekking pole will be provided for each participant. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

City Drive and Aquarium

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

See La Coruna’s main sights on a panoramic drive before a visit to Aquarium Finisterrae – the Aquarium of the End of the World.

A scenic drive along La Coruna’s waterfront will take you past the Mendez Nunez Gardens and Castillo de San Anton, before reaching the city’s most important monument, the Tower of Hercules. Pause briefly to capture photos of this wonderful Roman lighthouse that was erected in 2nd century AD.

Nearby, the Aquarium Finisterrae is an interactive centre for marine biology, oceanography and the creatures of the sea. Upon arrival you’ll have free time to visit independently and view the pools and aquariums containing more than 600 species of marine life. The Nautilus Room is based on the study of Captain Nemo in the Nautilus and holds an observation tank filled with Atlantic fish in 4.4 million litres of water, the largest tank in Europe. Ensure to visit the Octopus Garden, jellyfish and seahorses and don’t forget to pop in on the two families of Atlantic seals! For a hands-on experience you can also touch starfish and turbot via an indoor pool, connected to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Aquarium houses a gift shop and cafeteria as well as offering superb views of the Atlantic ocean.

Your drive back to the ship will take you along the coastline to view the beaches of Orzan and Riazor, before passing the Millennium Monument and the city centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Signs inside the Aquarium are in Spanish only. The visit to the Aquarium will last approximately 1¾ hours, during which walking and standing is required, as well as negotiating some steps. Flash photography is prohibited inside the Aquarium.

Complete Santiago de Compostela - Small Group Tou

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Join a small group for a guided visit inside Santiago Cathedral and museum followed by canapés at the Parador Hotel.

The historic city of Santiago de Compostela is Galicia’s most famous and illustrious city, boasting World Heritage status and a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. The cathedral itself is the final destination for thousands of Christian pilgrims who walk the ‘Way of St James’ pilgrimage across Galicia, eager to visit the tomb of the saint himself.

Within your small group, join your knowledgeable guide for a guided visit inside the cathedral. Marvel at the flawless design of the interior and take time to admire the main alter and the statue of St James. You’ll also venture down the narrow staircase to the crypt, where the remains of St James are believed to be buried.

Continue with your guide to the cathedral’s museum, which showcases a wonderful collection of important archaeological exhibits portraying the rich history of Santiago de Compostela.

Pause for photos at Plaza del Obradoiro, which is the focal point for pilgrims arriving in the city, and the square of Plaza de las Platerias, with its ornate ‘fountain of horses’.

Complete your tour at the beautiful Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos, where delicious canapés accompanied by wine will be served.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven and cobbled ground, as well as a number of steps at the cathedral. Headsets will be used inside the cathedral to avoid disturbing the congregation. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. Photography within the crypt is forbidden at all times. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way. Restoration works are being carried out at the Cathedral throughout 2019.

La Coruna by Segway

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 1½ hours

Do something a little bit different and discover the city of La Coruña by Segway.

Join your knowledgeable segway instructor at the quayside and following a training session you’ll head off on your segway for an enjoyable ride through the city of La Coruña.

Together with your segway, you’ll journey past La Marina Avenue and San Antón Archaeological Museum before continuing by the beautiful sea promenade. A highlight of your tour will be a stop at the most important monument in town; the Tower of Hercules.

Continue around the peninsula, passing the Aquarium and the beautiful beaches of Orzán and Riazor, before heading back to the pier via the city centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by segway. This tour carries a weight restriction of minimum 6 stone and maximum 18 stone. Children under 8 and pregnant women may not participate. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. It is also recommended that passengers wear sun protection. Helmets are provided and must be worn. A bottle of water will be provided during the tour.

La Coruna Tapas Trail

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Explore La Coruña’s culinary secrets on this small-group walking tour.

Departing on foot from the quayside and passing through the beautiful gardens of Méndez Núñez, your first stop will be the local market of Plaza de Lugo. Together with your knowledgeable local guide, discover the stalls of this bustling market which has been supplying the homes of La Coruña with fresh products since 1910.

Then, it’s time for you to taste some delicious local delicacies. Along your leisurely walk, you will stop at three different bars. At the first 2 venues, try some traditional tasty tapas including Padrón peppers, Spanish Omelette, Calamari, Galician Empanada, Serrano Ham and local cheese, accompanied by a glass of locally-produced red or white wine.

Your walking route will continue towards María Pita Square, heart of the city of La Coruña. Take a seat on a covered terrace overlooking the square to round-off your tour with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee, followed by a tasting of typical Galician liquors.

You may stay in town to browse the local shops after your tour or return directly to the ship.

Essential information

This tour is conducted entirely on foot. Comfortable, Flat walking shoes are recommended. There are some steps to negotiate at Plaza de Lugo Market.

 

A selection of cruises to La Coruna

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