A Caruña

By Maik Ulmschneider


A Coruna is a busy town in the autonomous community Galicia in Northwest Spain. Sailors love A Coruna as it is the logic start or end point for ships crossing the Bay of Biscay.

Well sheltered in Ria Coruna, the two major marinas, Real Club Nautico and Marina Coruna, can be entered at any tide or weather. The approach is straight-forward and easy, also at night. In fall fog may make an approach difficult, though.

We stayed at Marina Coruna, the first marina coming in from the sea. It has plenty of visitor berths (floating pontoon fingers) for all size of boats and provides great amenities. We paid around 170 EUR for one week in September with our 12 m boat. That included water, electricity and showers. The marina is protected by wavebreakers but occasionally you will feel some swell from big ships entering or leaving the huge industrial port.

The town has two visible landmarks: The modern port control tower and the ancient Tower of Hercules. The 55m high Tower of Hercules overlooking the Northern Atlantic coast of Spain was built in the 2nd century and has been in use as a lighthouse ever since. This makes it the oldest Roman light house in use today. The second highest lighthouse of Spain is a National Monument of Spain and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another distinct building is the San Anton Castle. Its construction began in 1587 and - not even finished - it played a major role defending the city’s walls in Sir Francis Drake’s assault in 1589. This was also the time when Maria Pita took her killed husband’s spear and successfully lead the defense of Coruna with the famous battle cry “Those with honor, follow me!”