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1. Blow away the cobwebs on the lively waterfront
Swimmers, surfers and sunbathers alike will appreciate the city's six beaches – Orzán, Riazor, As Lapas, San Amaro, Oza and Matadoiro. Lovers of walks with a view, meanwhile, will fall in love with La Coruña's promenade, a headland-spanning thoroughfare which takes in the aquarium and Tower of Hercules among other must-visit spots.
2. Delve into La Coruña's rich heritage
History buffs have plenty to explore in La Coruña. The Castle of San Antón houses a museum of artefacts from pre-history and the Middle Ages and welcomes visitors throughout the year, as does the Roman-built Tower of Hercules, the oldest lighthouse in the world. The city also plays host to the unique Domus House of Humankind, an interactive exploration of the human race.
3. Indulge your creative side
Artistic travellers are in for a treat, as the former residence of Pablo Picasso is open for visitors. A true hidden gem, it offers an unparalleled insight into the life and mind of this revered artist. Meanwhile, the Contemporary Art Museum is an exciting showcase of modern Galician culture housed in a striking building which is worthy of a visit in itself.
4. Take in the spectacular views
If you have a couple of hours to spare, head to one of La Coruña's multiple parks for a beautiful breath of fresh air. Parque de Bens and Jardines de Mendez Nunez are both perfect for an afternoon stroll with a view, but if you're looking for a particularly spectacular vista be sure to head to Cabo Finisterre. Thought at one point to be the end of the world, this spot has been a destination for pilgrims for generations – some still leave shoes on the cliffs as an offering.
5. Tuck into the tastes of the region
If you're looking for an authentic taste of Spain, you're in the right place. Eat like a local at tapas bar Manteleria – highly commended by native and visiting foodies – and don't leave the city without trying Tetilla PDO, a locally-made cheese produced using traditional methods. Fan of jamón? Be sure to book a table at Jamonería la Leonesa for dinner. A relaxed and welcoming spot by the marina, it's a fun introduction to one of Spain's most popular foods.