La Coruna

Tantalizing restaurants, bars and shops 
The colonnaded Praza de María Pita
Distinctive glass-fronted buildings

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La Coruña/Santiago de Compostela

Galician soul

The fine port of La Coruña centres on a narrow peninsula that juts from Spain’s northern coast, 64km north of Santiago.

A broad headland curves in both directions from the end of that peninsula to create two large bays: one facing across to Ferrol, and sheltering a large harbour, the other lying open to the Atlantic, lined by a long sandy beach.

In the dynamic city in between, a five-minute walk by way of old stone alleyways, with tantalizing restaurants, tapas bars and nightspots jostling for attention, takes you from bustling modern port – where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return – to relaxed resort. The heart of La Coruña, poised between the old city and its modern sprawl just inland from the port, is the colonnaded Praza de María Pita. The narrow and atmospheric streets of the old town wind around the Romanesque churches of Santiago and Santa María del Campo, and are shielded from the sea by a high wall.

The distinctive glass-fronted galleries of the sea-facing buildings, rising six storeys high along the Avenida da Marina in front of the port, form a magnificent ensemble. They were originally designed so local residents, whose lives were intertwined with the ocean, could watch the activity of the harbour in shelter. 

When sailing the Nothern Europe with MSC Cruises, the most obvious excursion from La Coruña is Santiago de Compostela, which ranks among the most beautiful cities in all Spain. A superb mix of twisting stone lanes, majestic squares and ancient churches, interspersed with countless hidden nooks and crannies, Santiago’s medieval core remains a remarkably integrated whole, all the better for being very largely pedestrianized. 

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    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    From the land of the windmills to the caliente Spain. An MSC cruise to Northern Europe is an excellent opportunity to visit some of the most fascinating cities of the Atlantic coast of Spain and the North Sea.

    The Spanish leg of the cruise will take you to the port of Bilbao, one of the most important cities in Basque Country, and to Vigo and Ferrol, cities of the colourful Galizia. Bilbao will enchant you with its historic centre, a maze of alleyways in which delicious cups of coffee are a continuous temptation, and the extraordinary lines of the Guggenheim Museum, a museum of contemporary art. Vigo is an extremely scenic natural port enlivened by the restaurants, shops and kiosks lining its seafront. Ferrol is also a very old city. A short distance away, close to La Coruña, there is one of the few light houses built by ancient Romans still standing, the Tower of Hercules.  A cruise along northern Spain also has spiritual appeal.

    Along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, there are setting off points for Santiago de Compostela, the destination of pilgrims from around the world anxious to visit the city’s great cathedral with its altar dedicated to Apostle James.