Spirit of Discovery blog
We arrived at La Coruña at 0800 this morning. Officially in Galician referred to as A Coruña, it is the capital of the province. The city has an interesting maritime history as the oldest lighthouse in the world can be found here, “Tower of Hercules” . Its origins date back to the 1st century A.D. and the Roman empire. Restored in the 17th and 18th century it’s definitely worth a visit.
Interesting when the Romans conquered this area now known as Spain they referred to it as Finisterra – a figurative term for the end of the world. The coast line is littered with shipwrecks.
In the city itself the architecture reminded me of parts of the Mediterranean with the many balconies on the face of the buildings. Known as galleria locally its an enclosed balcony in a glass frame protecting the dwelling from the cool winters and making them useful all year around. Take note of all the different designs. Fantastic!
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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