La Coruna, Spain
For the disabled cruiser visiting La Coruna, getting around in La Coruna means one of two things: walking or catching the bus. It’s quite a small city so it’s not worth hiring a car, and parking can be a bit of a nightmare anyway, not to mention the narrow streets and confusing one-way system. You’re better off keeping it simple. The Ciudad Vieja, or old town, is slightly hilly and has cobbled lanes.
The public transportation system is 100% accessible for people with reduced mobility.
La Coruna, Spain
La Coruna is in the municipality of Galicia, in north west Spain.
Built on an ancient Celtic hill fort, much of this compact Spanish city is manageable on foot. Brimming with history, tradition and splendid architecture, it features a wealth of open spaces, parks and pristine beaches.
Maria Pita Square is at the heart of the Old Town, with numerous shops, bars and restaurants.
There is a number of museums as well as an aquarium and a planetarium. The very old Roman Tower of Hercules lighthouse is a favorite spot for tourists.
The City’s best beaches – Riazor and Orzan, are extremely popular especially in the summer months with both locals and tourists alike.
Nearby places to visit include Vigo and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
There is plenty opportunity to sample typical Spanish cuisine, as well as many International dishes.
Where You’re Docked
The Cruise Terminal is in the center of the city, around 5 minutes walk away.
You’ll get tourist information and maps from the tourist office just outside the cruise terminal gates, where you’ll also see taxis. Agree on the fare before setting off. Bus stops sit close to the cruise terminal.
Good to Know
As in most cities these days, it pays to be alert and aware of your surroundings. A good idea is to take your ship’s daily newspaper with you so that you have the emergency numbers on hand if you should need them. Leave expensive items in the safe in your cabin.
By Foot: Most of La Coruna can be covered on foot.
By Bus: There are 22 bus routes that cover most of La Coruna for around 1.45 euros. For the Disabled Cruiser with reduced mobility, 100% of the buses have a single-level floor and the kneeling system enables the vehicle to incline in order to facilitate access at stops. The inside floor is made of anti-slip material both when wet and when dry. All buses have a telescopic ramp with an outside button for wheelchair access and a central platform for the disabled.
By Bike: Rent a bike from Eco-Logica, which is near the Domus museum at the end of Orzan beach. The town has a lot of hills. Prices from around 6 euros per hour. (Calle Cantabrico 2; 981 904 040)
By Tram: A tram starts at the Playa de Riazor and goes around the city, following the coastline and finishing at the harbor. It makes several stops, including the Tower of Hercules lighthouse, the Domus museum and Castle of San Anton. The fare is 1 euro per ride.
The official currency is the euro. A few ATMs are dotted around town. Otherwise, look for the word “Cambio” (Exchange).
Two official languages are spoken in La Coruna, Spanish and Galician, but many people speak very good English.
Plenty of authentic gift items will catch your interest, from Spanish shawls, Galician lace goods and leather ware to articles made from Toledo steel, Lladro porcelain and wickerwork.
Seafood lovers will be ecstatic that freshly caught fish and shellfish are abundant, and prices won’t mangle your wallet. You’ll find everything from boiled octopus and stuffed squid to shrimp, scallops, mussels, crayfish, eels, choquitos or chipirones (different kinds of small squid served in its own ink) and grilled sardines.
Points of Interest
- Santiago de Compostela – Capital of Galicia, Spain, this city is dedicated to honoring St. James, or Santiago – the first martyred apostle. For 2,000 years, pilgrims trekked great distances to walk St. James Way.
- Pilgrim Museum – St. James Cathedral has a subterranean museum displaying a collection of tapestries and archaeological pieces. The 9th-century crypt is the final destination of pilgrims.
- Tower of Hercules – This epic 180-foot-tall lighthouse is a World Heritage Site and Spanish National Monument. Built by the Romans, it’s the world’s oldest existing lighthouse, fully operational, every day, for nearly 2,000 years.
- Plaza del Obradoiro – This is one of the most jaw-dropping destinations on Earth. The burial place of St. James, it is a stunning collection of statues, fountains, facades, and, of course, the epic Cathedral.
- Old Town – Roman protective walls standing after millennia, churches, the Military Museum, shops, Galician writers’ mansion and nearby Constitution Square, Old Town is a delightful stroll through Galician history.
- Plaza Azcarraga – With the “desire fountain” in the center, and the General Azcarraga Headquarters, a neoclassical palace built in 1740 to become the seat for the General Captaincy of the Galician Kingdom, to one side, Azcarraga Square is a series of snapshots into Coruña’s life, from ancient to new. Shaded by centuries-old ash and plane trees, it’s been a marketplace, festival center and a shady garden repose.
- Sargadelos Ceramics – Some of the world’s finest pottery comes from this 200-year-old Galician institution. More than a factory or store,it’s a living cultural and artistic design center, offering scenic beauty and Europe’s finest porcelain.
- Betanzos – Once a thriving port rivaling La Coruña, Betanzos has one of the best preserved old quarters in Galicia and is renowned for its welcoming taverns with regional wines and local delicacies. Two stunning churches, Santa María de Azogue and San Francisco are the main attractions of this beautiful Roman town.
La Coruna Accessible Excursions
There are no organized accessible shore excursions in La Coruna.