- LA CORUNA**
Date: * 4th November 2014
- Weather: * Mostly Showery with some sunny periods, Hails, Thunder & Lightning
Our visit into the port of La Coruna was a most welcomed break, because of the weather and sea conditions the previous afternoon and night, for the seas had been really rough and our ship had been moving around a lot. But for the time of year, we`ve had some fabulous winter sunshine.
This was our first visit to La Coruna (or as it`s known locally “A Coruna”), it is situated in the north west corner of Spain in the region of Galicia and is also that regions capital. Our berth is right in the centre of the city. And we had no particular plans for our visit, just to go ashore and explore to see what was there. After breakfast there was some doubt whether we would go ashore or not, because the weather had been quite showery with thunder and lightning not very far away, and that persisted for most of the day.
Finding a break in the weather we stepped ashore and were a bit surprised on what saw, a palm lined square come park, it was more sophisticated and well laid out, more like an inland city than a coastal one. La Coruna is also known as the “Crystal City” because of the glass-enclosed balconies which adorn the tall apartment buildings facing the harbour, and I must say they do look impressive. We followed the harbour road around and then under an arch into the Plaza de Maria Reta this was a fine open space with on one side a fine looking town hall the other sides of the plaza were substantial granite buildings. Out through some corresponding arches on another side of the Plaza and into what looked like the main shopping street, it was nice to see independent retailers rather than the multi-national chain shops. All along this shopping street there were many street sellers of umbrellas and that is not surprising as this area of Spain is renowned for its rainfall.
We now found ourselves back the commercial part of the city, with many fine bank buildings, but with threatening black sky overhead we decided to make our way back to the ship. Our observations of the weather were well founded because as we arrived at the terminal building we had a thunder storm coupled with some hails.
This was just a fleeting glance of La Coruna but some of its nearby attractions are, the still used Roman Lighthouse, Cape Finisterre and its proximity to Santiago de Compostela with its fine cathedral and the final destination for the pilgrims on the walk of St. James.
So of out into the Bay of Biscay and onward to our home port of Southampton, I known it was only a short trip, and hope you have enjoyed following us on our days ashore.