04 – A Coruña (just visit)

Visiting A Coruña was a refreshing “stop” in the Camino Inglés. An opportunity to visit a major city of Galicia.

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Well. I am from Porto, Portugal. It is not far to visit A Coruña. But both me and my gf never had visited this city. So, the best opportunity to do it was when we were close. VERY CLOSE!

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If you see the map below you will realize it is the shortest distance possible in the Camino Inglés. When arriving to Betanzos, you can go visit A Coruña by bus. It is like 40min distance and it will cost you only €2,2 each travel/ person.

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Context of Ferrol, Pontedeume, Betanzos and A Coruña

So, what we did was simple. At 8am we were catching the Arriva bus from Betanzos to A Coruña. The bus station is in the city main square, at around 5min walking from the Albergue. Easy. But we had to run a little, because we took a little while during the breakfast. The day was ok, but it seemed cloudy and colder. In the previous days we had sun and high temperatures.

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Arriva bus from Betanzos to A Coruña
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Arriva bus from Betanzos to A Coruña

Well. In one way it was good that we made this stop to visit A Coruña. It started to rain! It wouldn’t be nice to do the way to Bruma with rain! Not confortable at all. Even in this planning we had lucky!

I had taken a 22km path on the GPS to visit the major spots of the city. Well… i use it only till Hércules Tower. Why? Because from there i didn’t realise that we could see much more than we already had seen. And the total of this walk already was around 17km. Our legs were hurting because of the 2 previous days. And Pontedeume-Betanzos was hard. Also, we loose at least one hour in the city center, protected from heavy rain. It was early and all the city was still “awakening”.

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General overview of our path in A Coruña
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General overview of the first part of the visit to A Coruña
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In this first part of the travel, we walked in the historical center of A Coruña, and then moved to the Hércules Tower.

We had lucky! It was monday, and Hércoles Tower is freely open to the public and you don’t have to pay a ticket! GREAT! Even in this we had a positive experience.

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Overview between Atocha cantonment
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Hércoles Tower and Wind Rose
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Hércoles Tower and Wind Rose

After this visit we returned by other avenue and inner streets, we lunched in a restaurant, visit the commercial streets near Concello de Coruña, and then returned to the bus station.

We tooked the 2:30 pm bus and arrived Betanzos near 3.20 pm. Then, fortunately we had a chance to stay in the same albergue. But now, there were not 9 or 10 pilgrims but near 35!!!

10 pilgrims to 35??? Wow! In the next day, we would have to go to Bruma (that only has 22 beds in the public albergue).

Now? I am worried!

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