Visit Galicia – Visit Corunna

It was once said about visiting Galicia and visiting Santiago de Compostela that don’t even think about leaving without seeing Corunna.

Corona, when it’s not raining seems to be one of those super cities in life where everybody appears to enjoy staying outdoors and enjoying the superb surroundings they find themselves in.

Corunna is one of those cities that is blessed with small amounts of virtually everything. It has a really nice harbour, good beach great seafood, good night life, some splendid architecture, some great places to get away from it all and if you like your sport has a football team that in the last 10 to 12 years to be brutally blunt has come from nowhere to take Europe by storm.

This last fact seems to have given citizens of Corona and the surrounding area and increased shot in the arm and acted as a great confidence boost all round.

The activities of Deportivo La Corunna appear to have shaken the established hierarchy of La Liga and in the last 10-12 years really given the twin powers of Real Madrid and Barcelona something to think about.

Corunna though, is a lot more than just some nice night life, good food and a half decent football team. It is one of the most enjoyable cities in Spain but also manages to achieve this with the fact that it is a working port and commercial centre for the rest of the region of Galicia as well.

Corunna is or should be one of the strategically important places in Spain and indeed one of the most romantic episodes of the Peninsula War between 1808 and 1812 took place when the forces from Napoleon forced a much smaller British force led by Sir John Moore to retreat back along the northern coast and finally to take a stand at Corunna.

During the fateful battle at Corunna on 16th January 1809, the British Commander, Sir John Moore was wounded fatally and died with one of the last acts carried out by the British Army before escaping back via sea to England (despite the fact that the Battle of Corunna was actually claimed by the British as a victory) was to actually bury their fallen Commander on the ramparts of Corunna.

The site of the grave of Sir John Moore is in the centre of the Jardines San Carlos, a rather romantic and beautiful gardens lying on the site of the old fortress walls of Corunna.

Corunna has lots of appeal and loads to see. Not to be missed.