Corunna, September 15-19, 2013

Heracle's Lighthouse by Molinelly Corunna skyline by Molinelly Melia Hotel, Conference Venue San Anton Castle Molinelly Sights from Melia Hotel, Conference Venue Orzan beach by Molinelly Orzan beach by Molinelly Obelisco by Molinelly Melia Hotel, Conference Venue

Corunna

Corunna from the air

Corunna (A Coruña in Galician or La Coruña in Spanish) is a main city of Galicia, the northwestern region of Spain. Corunna (A Coruña) is a busy port located at the entrance of an estuary on the Atlantic coast. The city features a complete offer of leisure activities ranging from beach sports along the seafront that surrounds it (surf, sailing, biking, etc) to a wide program of cultural events, an active shopping area, restaurants, tapas bars and a crowded night life. Historically, it served as the regional capital between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela. The city has its own English and French (La Corogne) place names, mostly because of a famous battle that took place in January 1809 when Napoleonic forces attacked a retreating British army trying to embark on ships for their return to Great Britain.

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CRTVG Corunna Webcam

 

What to do, what to visit

Corunna is a modern and active city with many events (concerts, expositions, sports, etc) all over the year. The most emblematic monument is the Tower of Hercules (recently recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site) an ancient Roman lighthouse with a XVIII century facade. You can get more information in the Corunna Tourism Website which includes an interactive guide for mobile devices, or Turgalicia site. There is also a busy night life, especially in the area delimited by the streets Orzán, Galera and Barrera.

Warning: if you plan to have a bath at Orzan or Riazor beaches next to the hotel, respect the beach signposting and check that the green flag is hoisted. The waves in the northern coast of Corunna can be very dangerous during or after a windy day. For a family excursion, San Amaro beach is a second, more protected option. Another good choice for a funny family beach excursion is taking the Santa Cristina boat at the Corunna Dársena (telephone +34 608 084767): you will have a 30 minutes trip by boat to Santa Cristina beach and can make the return trip in the same boat afterwards.

For a good summary, look at this article about Corunna in The Guardian.

About Spanish timetable

If you haven't been in Spain before you may get initially puzzled by the Spanish timetable. This may even become stranger in Galicia due to its location in the Central European Timezone (+2 UTC), despite of being 8.39ºW from Greenwich. For instance, on the first day of LPNMR-13 the sun will rise at 8:13 am and the sunset will be at 20:44.

As a general rule, subtract two hours from the clock time to get an approximation to your home timetable. For instance, most shops open around 9:00 a.m., and the stop for lunch would be from 14:00 to 16:00. In the evening, shops will close at 20:00 and dinner time usually goes from 21:00 to 23:00. After that, you may easily find activity in the streets until 1:00 a.m. or much later especially in Summer or during the weekend. Of course, if you want to try this, don't forget sleeping your siesta.

Other practical information

Power plug types in Spain are either the Europlug (type C) or the Schuko plug (type F) with 220-240V/50Hz:

C type

F-type Europlug

F type

C-type Schuko plug

Generally speaking, Corunna is a cheap city. You can check a quite approximate estimation of the cost of life at numbeo.com. The city is usually included among the 10 safest cities in Spain (in its turn, a safe country inside the European Union) with very low criminality rates: around 28 felonies per 1000 inhabitants. The most typical crimes are small robberies, but the usual precautions with personal belongings are typically enough.

Bargaining is not common, excepting in street stands or fair posts. Bills in restaurants and bars typically include service costs, so tips are something completely optional.

Emergency phone: 112
Police: 092
Tele-taxi: +34 981 287777

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