La Coruna (A Coruna), Spain - Cruise Port Guide - Anchors Up
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La Coruna (A Coruna), Spain - Cruise Port Guide

La Coruna (A Coruna), Spain - Cruise Port Guide Anchors Up

Location

The port is conveniently located at the heart of the city, just a brief 5-minute walk away.

A recently constructed terminal has significantly enhanced services for both cruise passengers and crew. This modern facility features a shopping center and comprehensive tourist information services. The recently established Los Cantones shopping center, while still in its early stages, currently hosts a selection of fast-food restaurants and movie theaters. The center also provides free WiFi for visitors.

For those in need of transportation, taxis are readily available within a 400-meter distance, ensuring convenient access to and from the port.

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Monthly climate averages for La Coruna Spain

The Tourist Information Point is located at Plaza de María Pita and also at the Translatic Dock depending on which ship is in port.

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Sights

La Coruña is a captivating blend of old-world charm and modern vibes, boasting a two-mile stretch of coastline adorned with a mix of old and new town atmospheres. The heart of the old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square, surrounded by a plethora of shops, bars, and restaurants. Along the picturesque coastline, there are a couple of beaches to enjoy.

The city offers a cultural delight with various fascinating museums, including the interactive House of Mankind, an aquarium, and a planetarium. La Coruña also serves as the primary Atlantic gateway to the ruggedly scenic region of Galicia. Among its gems is Santiago de Compostela, a world-renowned pilgrimage destination featuring a Romanesque cathedral.

While La Coruña is rich in attractions, it is often considered suitable for only a few hours of sightseeing, making it an ideal port of call for a short exploration.

 

Tours, excursions and transportation

Regrettably, the once-popular tourist tram is no longer in operation. However, the city boasts an extensive and continually expanding promenade, guiding you past beaches, coves, and cliffs from the Castillo de San Antón to the port. This scenic route leads to the Tower of Hercules Sculpture Park, an open-air museum surrounded by legendary tales, and loops around to the beaches of Orzán and Riazor.

Most attractions are easily reachable on foot, though the Torre de Hercules, the oldest functioning lighthouse in Europe, might be a bit of a stretch with a 40-minute walk. Alternatively, you can opt for a short bus trip on routes 3, 3A, or 5, conveniently stopping in front of the terminal.

For those interested in venturing further, train schedules to Santiago de Compostela are available. The train station, approximately 2.5 km away from the cruise terminal, is easily accessible. Taxis not only offer city tours but also provide excursions to Santiago de Compostela, ensuring a convenient and enriching exploration of the region.

 

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Nearby destinations

Santiago de Compostela features the impressive Santiago Cathedral, dedicated to Christ's apostle, James. Pilgrims, around half a million each year, visit this revered shrine, once the third most important pilgrimage site after Jerusalem and Rome. The Cathedral is surrounded by four large squares.

Being the capital of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is about 76 km away, a 50-minute drive from La Coruna cruise port. The city's rich history and beautiful architecture make it a great place to explore during your visit.

 

Shopping and food

Around the Maria Pita Square there are the main, albeit small, shopping streets.

At the port there is a free shuttle bus taking you to El Corte Ingles, the leading Spanish department store.

 

Other information

Currency: Euro.

Emergency number: 112. The service is available in Spanish and, in some tourist areas, assistance is also provided in English, French, and German.

Language: Spanish serves as the official language across the entirety of Spain. Nevertheless, other languages coexist alongside Spanish in specific regions of the country.

 

Opening hours

Shops and businesses typically operate from Monday to Saturday, with hours from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and then from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Large shopping centers and department stores maintain uninterrupted hours from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM and may also open on Sundays.

Pharmacies generally open from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. However, in major cities, you'll find pharmacies that operate 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rotating late-hour schedule, published in newspapers and displayed at all pharmacies.

Museums are normally closed on Mondays.