La Coruna’s peninsular is home to one of the world’s oldest Roman lighthouses – the Tower of Hercules – and a 16th-century castle overlooking the port. You’ll drop anchor just across the bay from where the Spanish Armada set sail in 1588, and the town itself is known for its galeria windows – designed to look like the back of a war ship. Head inland, and you’ll reach the capital of the Galicia region – Santiago de Compostela. The Old Town’s medieval cobbled streets have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status, and the towering cathedral weaves together baroque, gothic and Roman themes.
• In the main square of La Coruna you’ll find a statue of Maria Pita, known as the heroine of Galicia. When her husband was killed defending the city from English invaders in 1589, she grabbed a spear and led the fightback from the top of the city walls.
• La Coruna has some of the most highly-rated beaches in Spain. The golden sands at the Riazor and Orzan beaches are a big draw for sunbathers, and huge swells make it ideal for surfers, too.
• The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is said to be the burial place of Saint James the Great, one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles, and it’s become a place of pilgrimage since the Early Middle Ages.
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Santiago De Compostela►
This trip is your ticket to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination on the age-old pilgrim route, Camino de Santiago. The city’s star turn is the cathedral in Plaza del Obradoiro, which has been a welcome sight for thousands of weary pilgrims over the years. The façade you see today is a lavish Baroque beauty. Head inside, meanwhile, and you’re faced with a grab-bag of architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic to name just a few. Look out for the famous silver urn said to contain the ashes of the apostle St James. And take a closer look at the cathedral’s ancient door, perhaps the finest creation of 12th-century sculptor, Maestro Mateo. After your visit to this Spanish gem, we’ll take you back to La Coruna where your ship awaits. Just so you know... It is approximately one hour drive to Santiago De Compostela and whilst you're there, remember to cover your knees and shoulders.
La Coruna & Betanzos►
Big city buzz meets small-town charm on this trip which takes in La Coruna and Betanzos. Your day starts with a mini panoramic tour of La Coruna. You’ll see the Torre del Hercules, a Roman lighthouse that still guides ships into the harbour today. Plus the imposing San Anton Castle, standing proud on the city’s promenade. Afterwards, you’ll head on to Betanzos. Venture through the chunky town gates and explore narrow lanes well-stocked with grand churches and noble mansions. Back in Medieval times it was popular with noblemen, which earned it the nickname ‘Betanzos de los Caballeros’ – Betanzos of the Knights. Once you’ve had a chance to see the sights and enjoy the time-warp feel of the place, we’ll take you back to La Coruna where your ship awaits.