La Coruna, Spain - Mediterranean Cruises

Christened the ‘Crystal City’ and home to the shrine of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna is a gem on Spain’s north western coast. Tantalise your taste buds as you sample Galicia’s mouth-watering seafood with octopus, oysters and scallops on the menu. If your taste is for history, feast on the vista from the world’s only working Roman lighthouse.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • The Crystal City

    Discover the long and chequered past of La Coruña and why it is often referred to as ‘The Crystal City’.

    The Crystal City

    A guided walk will take you past the shaded Plaza de Azcarraga with its lovely stone fountain and graceful buildings. Another highlight is the beautiful Town Hall, located within the large Maria Pita Square dotted with many open-air cafés and restaurants. View the glass enclosed balconies of the Avenida de la Marina, built to protect against strong winds. Stroll in the peaceful San Carlos Gardens and see the tomb of Sir John Moore.

    Located within the ancient stone fortress of St Anton is the Archaeological Museum. This museum displays Celtic jewellery, Roman pottery, a Viking leather boat, a typical 18th century kitchen, furniture and religious articles.

    Capture on camera Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans and rebuilt in the 18th century.

    Complete your tour with an array of traditional Spanish tapas and a glass of wine, at a local restaurant, offering stunning panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and inolves approximately two hours’ walking, including some steps, slight inclines and uneven, cobbled ground.

    Tour code

    LCG_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Crystal City

    Discover the long and chequered past of La Coruña and why it is often referred to as ‘The Crystal City’.

    The Crystal City

    A guided walk will take you past the shaded Plaza de Azcarraga with its lovely stone fountain and graceful buildings. Another highlight is the beautiful Town Hall, located within the large Maria Pita Square dotted with many open-air cafés and restaurants. View the glass enclosed balconies of the Avenida de la Marina, built to protect against strong winds. Stroll in the peaceful San Carlos Gardens and see the tomb of Sir John Moore.

    The Regional Military Museum occupies part of what was the plot of the former San Francisco Convent and displays a great collection of more than 1,600 military objects from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Discover the different rooms devoted to military arts and customs during a guided visit.

    Afterwards, capture on camera Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans and rebuilt in the 18th century.

    Complete your tour with an array of traditional Spanish tapas and a glass of wine, at a local restaurant, offering stunning panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately two hours’ walking, including some steps, slight inclines and uneven, cobbled ground.

    Tour code

    LCG_112

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Santiago de Compostela On Your Own

    Whether you have been before or never visited, beautiful Santiago de Compostela is certainly worth exploring independently.

    Santiago de Compostela On Your Own

    Sit back and relax onboard your coach as you journey to Santiago de Compostela. During the drive a local escort will provide you with general information on this wonderful city, which is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.

    As the old, world-famous centre of European pilgrimage, Santiago de Compostela boasts a magnificent Romanesque cathedral, with an impressive Baroque façade, which is the heart of the city. There are also many other interesting buildings, such as the Old University, the Romanesque Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Sar and the Gelmirez Palace, to name but a few.

    This option offers the perfect opportunity to adapt your day to suit your needs and make the very most of your time in this fascinating city. You will have approximately two hours to explore independently.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This is a transfer service only; entrance fees or refreshments are not included. The journey to Santiago de Compostela takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. City maps will be provided on the coach. From the drop off point your escort will walk with you for approximately 15 minutes to reach Obradoiro Square; the main square in front of the Cathedral. Modest dress is required inside the Cathedral. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet back at Obradoiro Square to walk back to the coach park for the transfer back to La Coruña.

    Tour code

    LCG_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Discover the way of St James

    An opportunity to walk part of ‘the way of St James,’ the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    Discover the way of St James

    A scenic drive takes you to the small village of Calzada. From here you’ll walk part of the ‘Way of St James’. This pilgrimage route has been made by pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds for more than a thousand years and was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times.

    Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through meadows and plantations, following the scallop shell symbols and yellow painted arrows which guide the pilgrims along the way. During your walk be sure to greet your fellow pilgrims with ‘Buen Camino’ (good way), as they pass you along the way, eager to reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is believed the remains of the apostle St James are buried.

    After walking part of the route, you’ll re-board your coach and drive the rest of the way to Santiago. Upon arrival at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, you can imagine the emotion experienced by pilgrims having completed such an important journey. You will then have around two hours to explore the city independently, during which you can visit the magnificent Cathedral and perhaps purchase luncheon.

    Afterwards, rejoin your coach for the journey back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Calzada village takes approximately 1¼ hours. The walk takes approximately 1½ hours and is over uneven terrain, with some inclines. Please wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking on wet ground as the trail can become slippery in the rain.

    Tour code

    LCG_110

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Complete Santiago de Compostela - Small Group Tou

    Join a small group for a guided visit inside Santiago Cathedral and museum followed by canapés at the Parador Hotel.

    Complete Santiago de Compostela  - Small Group Tou

    The historic city of Santiago de Compostela is Galicia’s most famous and illustrious city, boasting World Heritage status and a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. The cathedral itself is the final destination for thousands of Christian pilgrims who walk the ‘Way of St James’ pilgrimage across Galicia, eager to visit the tomb of the saint himself.

    Within your small group, join your knowledgeable guide for a guided visit inside the cathedral. Marvel at the flawless design of the interior and take time to admire the main alter and the statue of St James. You’ll also venture down the narrow staircase to the crypt, where the remains of St James are believed to be buried.

    Continue with your guide to the cathedral’s museum, which showcases a wonderful collection of important archaeological exhibits portraying the rich history of Santiago de Compostela.

    Pause for photographs at Plaza del Obradoiro, which is the focal point for pilgrims arriving in the city, and the square of Plaza de las Platerias, with its ornate ‘fountain of horses’.

    Complete your tour at the beautiful Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos, where delicious canapés accompanied by wine will be served.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately two hours of walking over uneven and cobbled ground as well as a number of steps at the cathedral. Headsets will be used inside the cathedral to avoid disturbing the congregation. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. Photography within the crypt is forbidden at all times. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    LCG_117

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Leisurely La Coruna

    This panoramic drive through the 'Crystal City' is perfect for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace.

    Leisurely La Coruna

    Head into the city of La Coruña where your guide will bring to life the many city highlights. From the comfort of your seat, enjoy views of the Archaeological Museum and San Carlos Gardens (where the tomb of Sir John Moore is located). View the typical Galician 19 century buildings with their unique glass-paned balconies during your leisurely drive along the Avenida de la Marina.

    Enjoy a photography opportunity at Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules and the city’s most important monument. The original lighthouse was built in the 2 century A.D. and rebuilt in its present form in the 18 century.

    Your scenic drive will also pass the Domus, Museum of Mankind, the excellent beaches of Orzan and Riazor, the Millenium Monument and through the City Centre.

    Complete your tour with an array of traditional Spanish tapas and a glass of wine, at a local restaurant, offering stunning panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean.


    This excursion will operate by coach and requires minimal walking.

    Tour code

    LCG_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¼ hours

  • Santiago de Compostela

    Follow in the pilgrims' footsteps on this comprehensive MUST SEE tour to this beautiful medieval city with its grand Cathedral.

    Santiago de Compostela

    Magnificent Santiago Cathedral is a monument to Christ's apostle, James, whose relics are believed to have been discovered here in the 9th century. Half a million pilgrims flock each year to this great shrine, which was once the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome.

    Four majestic squares surround the Cathedral and your guide will explain the characteristics of all four. Admire the majestic square of Plaza del Obradoiro, still the focal point for pilgrims when arriving in the city.

    Refreshments will be served at the exclusive Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, a late 15th century pilgrim hostel.

    Enjoy superb views of the typical Galician countryside, before reaching Santiago de Compostela, which is undoubtedly the showpiece of Galicia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves a considerable amount of walking (approximately two hours) over uneven and cobbled ground and many steps at the Cathedral. There is a slight incline from the drop off point to the Main Street. There is no seating available at the refreshment venue. The interior visit of the Cathedral is non-guided. Modest dress is required inside the Cathedral. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    LCG_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Pazo de Oca Gardens

    Visit the beautiful ‘Pazo de Oca’ Gardens and discover why they are widely known as the ‘Galician Versailles’.

    Pazo de Oca Gardens

    Sit back and relax onboard your coach as you journey into the countryside to the magnificent Pazo de Oca, a former 15th century Galician-style manor house whose stunning gardens are often referred to as the "Galician Versailles".

    Join your guide for a leisurely walk around the gardens and discover the beautiful stone fountains, artificial lake and exotic trees that add to the peaceful tranquillity of this wonderful place.

    Afterwards, a brief transfer takes you to the beautiful Pazo de Galegos, former residence of Don Antonio Lopez Ferreiro (1837 - 1910), whom it is believed discovered the tomb of St James. Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee before taking the opportunity to stroll amongst the vineyards, or simply relax in the shade.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is around 1¾ hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over gravel paths, as well as some steps to negotiate at the refreshment venue. The journey to Pazo de Oca is approximately one hour each way. The stop at Pazo de Oca is a visit to the gardens only, it does not include a visit inside the manor house.

    Tour code

    LCG_111

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • City Drive & Aquarium

    See La Coruna’s main sights on a panoramic drive before a visit to Aquarium Finisterrae – the Aquarium of the End of the World.

    City Drive & Aquarium

    A scenic drive along La Coruna’s waterfront will take you past the Mendez Nunez Gardens and Castillo de San Anton, before reaching the city’s most important monument, the Tower of Hercules. Pause briefly to capture photographs of this wonderful Roman lighthouse that was erected in 2nd century AD.

    Nearby, the Aquarium Finisterrae is an interactive centre for marine biology, oceanography and the creatures of the sea. Upon arrival you’ll have free time to visit independently and view the pools and aquariums containing more than 600 species of marine life. The Nautilus Room is based on the study of Captain Nemo in the Nautilus and holds an observation tank filled with Atlantic fish in 4.4 million litres of water, the largest tank in Europe. Ensure to visit the Octopus Garden, jellyfish and seahorses and don’t forget to pop in on the two families of Atlantic seals! For a hands on experience you can also touch starfish and turbot via an indoor pool, connected to the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Aquarium houses a gift shop and cafeteria as well as offering superb views of the Atlantic ocean.

    Your drive back to the ship will take you along the coastline to view the beaches of Orzan and Riazor, before passing the Millennium Monument and the city centre.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Signs inside the Aquarium are in Spanish only. The visit to the Aquarium will last approximately 1¾ hours, during which walking and standing is required, as well as negotiating some steps. Flash photography is prohibited inside the Aquarium.

    Tour code

    LCG_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Walking in the Old City

    One of the best ways to get to know a city is on foot. Follow your guide to explore many of the city's most popular attractions.

    Walking in the Old City

    From the quayside, you will take a leisurely walk along the Avenida Montoto and the Paseo de la Darsena before arriving at San Carlos Gardens. Your guide will explain about Sir John Moore, an English General, who was killed in La Coruña. You will see his tomb at the San Carlos Gardens, one of the most romantic corners of the city.

    During your stroll around the old city, you will pass by the convent of Santo Domingo, which contains a chapel dedicated to La Coruña’s patron ‘La Virgen del Rosario’. Sitting on the highest part of La Coruña is the church of Santa Maria del Campo, built between the 12th and 15th centuries. You will see other fascinating sights such as the church of Santiago and Santa Barbara, Azcarraga and Maria Pita Squares.

    Your walking tour will finish at Maria Pita Square, where your guide will give you directions to the nearest shops and café bars, as well as advising you how to make your own way back to the ship.


    This tour is entirely on foot and involves some steps, slight inclines and uneven, cobbled ground.

    Tour code

    LCG_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    1½ hours

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