Following a successful crossing of the Bay of Biscay, La Coruña was a big hit for the boats participating in the European Odyssey. There was much to enjoy.
First of all, Marina Coruña was a comfortable, convenient home for the boats during their stay in La Coruña. Access to the marina was straightforward, just beyond the large breakwater. The docks were sheltered yet open to a cooling breeze. Facilities were excellent, and the Casco Histórico (old town) was a short walk away.
Lorena Cenamor at the marina organized several activities to introduce the sailors to La Coruña: a guided tour of the old town, admission to the Tower of Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse in the world, plus a Welcome Cocktail featuring local wines, delicious empanadas, tortillas and sausages.
The marina staff and marineros (dockhands) were very helpful. As a thank you, I (Kathy Parsons), gave them a copy of my Spanish-English phrasebook 'Spanish for Cruisers'. They were very happy about it!
Enjoying La Coruña fresh seafood (crew of Saphir) - Cornell Sailing Events
La Coruña is famous for its fresh seafood, and the sailors took advantage of the very reasonable prices. Some of our favorites: pulpo (octopus) with gambas (shrimp) in a garlicky sauce, grilled chipirones (squid), and zamburiñas (small scallops) on the half shell. Plus, melt in-your-mouth sardines, rape (monkfish), and many other fresh fishes.
From tapas bars to Michelin one-star restaurants, there were many opportunities to partake. All accompanied by the local wines and beers.
2014 European Odyssey participants in La Coruna - Cornell Sailing Events
There are lots of festivals in La Coruña during the summer. Those arriving early were able to catch the last weekend of the Feria de Maravillas (Medieval Festival) with regional foods and wines, crafts stalls and traditional music. For several boats, a folk concert in María Pita Plaza topped off the week.
Other activities depended on the needs and interests of the boats: beach days for the children, technical help from mechanics, wanders through the shopping districts.
And when the boats did finally set sail from La Coruña, headed toward their next big stop in Porto, they had their choice of picturesque rías along the coast to break up their voyage.
The old town was a short walk away - Cornell Sailing Events
European Odyssey visits the Tower of Hercules first built by the Romans, still a working lighhouse - Cornell Sailing Events