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Introducing A Coruña

A Coruña (Castilian: La Coruña) is a port city and a beachy hot spot; a busy commercial centre and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife – all in all, an intriguing place to discover.

Britain looms large on A Coruña's horizon. In 1588 the ill-fated Spanish Armada weighed anchor here. The following year Sir Francis Drake tried to occupy the city but was seen off by María Pita, a heroine whose name lives on in the city's main square. In 1809 a British army sent to help Spain resist the invading French was forced into a Dunkirk-style evacuation here, losing its leader Sir John Moore in the process. In the 19th and 20th centuries A Coruña's port was the gateway through which hundreds of thousands of Galician emigrants left for new lives in the Americas. Today this is Galicia's wealthiest provincial capital.

Central A Coruña lies along a northeast-pointing isthmus with the port on its southeast side and the main beaches on the northwest. A mushroom-shaped headland extends 2km north from the isthmus, with a wonderful broad pedestrian walkway circling its entire perimeter.