Situated in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, La Coruña (called A Coruña in Galician language) is a Spanish region located in the corner of the country. It is one of the four provinces off the autonomous community of Galicia, a region of vast green landscapes with a rich Celtic and Roman heritage which keeps, still today, a mystic and magic allure.
The capital of this Spanish province also bears the name of A Coruña. It is an ancient, Atlantic and cosmopolitan city which combines traditions and modern life. The spectacular landscape and delicious gastronomy together with the hospitality of its people make of A Coruña one of the most attractive Spanish cities. It is said that “A Coruña is a place where nobody feels like a stranger”.
A Coruña is a city of contrasts and thousands possibilities. Here you can enjoy the calm seafront, walks through the Old City, around the promenade (the longest one in Europe) or on the fine white sand of the city’s beaches, visit “La Torre de Hercules” the oldest working lighthouse in the world (considered an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009). A Coruña is also a city where leisure and culture blend to form exciting routes. From art, museums and exhibitions to concerts vary of restaurants, pubs, bars and discos.
A Coruña is also well known in the fashion world: from small and groovy clothing shops to distinguish branches such us Caramelo and Adolfo Dominguez. ZARA the clothing company founded in 1975 and part of the Inditex group is the main textile manufacturer of the world and has its headquarters in the nearby town of Arteixo.
Nowadays, this capital is a busy commercial port of the Atlantic and the richest region of Galicia and its economic engine. Companies have grown, especially in sectors such as finance, communication, planning, sales, manufacturing and technical services, making A Coruña the wealthiest metropolitan area of Galicia. The port itself unloads large amounts of fresh fish, and with the increase in other port activities like crude oil and solid bulk, which make up 75% of Galician port traffic. The most important Galician banks (ABANCA) also have their headquarters in A Coruña. Other important Galician companies are: Estrella de Galicia, a known bear branch that also distributes water, soft drinks, and other products; Mundo R, a telecommunication company.
Its geography makes it the ideal destination for “surf lovers”. Lying at 43º 22′ North and 08º 23′ West and a non crowded coastline La Coruña is an ideal place for water sports like surfing, sailing, diving, fishing or just swimming in the sea and walking round the promenade.
From its beaches and spectacular landscapes to its legacy of legends, myths, history and home of ancient celebrations, A Coruña is city worth to visit.
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