La Coruna, Spain
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Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

La Coru

Drive to one of Spain's great historical cities declared a World Heritage Site & one of the three holy cities of Christendom. The famous cathedral of Saint James the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Spain, the old quarter, the Royal Hospital, the Rajoy and Gelmirez Palaces, the University, the College of San Jerónimo and strolling through Rúa Nova.

7 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Santiago de Compostela,
World Heritage City and capital of Galicia, is the final landmark on the St.
James pilgrimage route. Centuries of splendour and development have left us
an urban layout in which the medieval Christian heritage is mixed with monumental
Baroque buildings.

 

The legend tells that the
appearance of the remains of the Apostle Saint James were the origin of this
city (9th C.), which soon became a centre for pilgrimages and a holy city on
a par with Jerusalem and Rome. Medieval Santiago experienced centuries of scientific,
artistic and literary interchange thanks to the large numbers of pilgrims arriving
from all over Europe. The Pilgrim's Road to Santiago, together with the city
of Santiago of Compostela, is today a World Heritage Site because of the historic
and artistic nature of the route. With the Catholic Monarchs and Archbishop
Fonseca, the University arrived in the city and, in the centuries that followed,
several religious orders established monasteries and churches in its streets,
contributing to the rich Renaissance and Baroque appearance of the Galician
capital.

 

The centre of the city
is the Plaza del Obradoiro, which has important monuments, including the Cathedral.
Its current Baroque façade gives way to a Romanesque doorway from the original
building, the Pórtico de la Gloria, created by Master Mateo in the 12th century.
Inside, Romanesque and Gothic elements alternate with other Baroque style decoration.
In the Cathedral you have to follow the tradition: bump your head on the figure
of its creator to obtain prudence and wisdom. At the main altar, a bust of the
Apostle Saint James awaits your embrace. Another tradition is the waving of
a huge incense holder, "El Botafumeiro", in the main transept, which even reaches
the vaults.

 

Beautiful examples of the
civil Romanesque, Renaissance and Neoclassical styles also show themselves in
Obradoiro. The Pazo de Gelmírez, the College of San Jerónimo and the Pazo Raxoi
accompany the Cathedral and the Old Royal Hospital, today the five-star luxury
'Hostal de los Reyes Católicos', Parador de Turismo.

 

After touring the oldest
streets of the city, which date from the 12th century - Rúas Franco, Vilar and
Nova - we can pass the food market, a medieval structure. Near here stands the
University (of Neoclassical plan), the Romanesque church of San Fiz de Slovio
and the Baroque church of San Agustín.

La Coru
The Tower of Hercules national monument, the medieval town with Romanesque architecture, the church of Santiago, San Anton castle, Santa Barbara convent and San Carlos garden.

3 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified




Although the origin of La Coruña could be in an old Celtic settlement, the history of the city began to be important in Roman times, when the port became a key point on sailing routes. A witness to this period is the Tower of Hercules, the only working Roman lighthouse and a real symbol of the city.
Now declared a National Monument, it was built at the beginning of the 2nd century by order of the Emperor Trajan. There have been many refurbishments throughout history, the last of them in 1791, when Carlos III ordered the architect Giannini to restore and reface the tower.

The harbor has always been the scene of some of the most important historical events in the city, like the defeat of the English privateer Francis Drake in 1589 thanks to the resistance of the people of Coruña, led by the heroine María Pita.

The early medieval town is bounded by the Coruña peninsula. In its lively streets, good examples of Romanesque architecture are preserved. One of the most beautiful is the church of Santiago. Built in the 12th century, this church, the oldest in the city, and has later additions from the 14th and 15th centuries. It's broad nave of pointed arches houses a polychrome sculpture of the Apostle Santiago (Saint James) dating from the 13th century. Because of its architectural interest, it has been declared a Historic-Artistic Monument.

In the high part of the early town center stands another equally outstanding church, that of Santa María del Campo. The building of this old collegiate church goes back to the 12th and 13th centuries and was carried out by the Seaman's Guild. One of its greatest attractions is a visit to the Museum of Religious Art housed in this building, which has works from the 12th to the 15th centuries. 

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