Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - LEADERBOARD

The Global Solo Challenge invites you to discover A Coruña

by Helena De La Gandara 18 Mar 03:12 PDT
A Coruña - Global Solo Challenge © Turismo A Coruña

The staggered departures of the Global Solo Challenge, which will take place from the end of August to December 2023, present the chance to explore a location that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime: the city of A Coruña, the start and finish port of this round-the-world challenge.

There is no need for an excuse to visit the beautiful A Coruña, but as host of a non-stop solo round-the-world sailing event — the Global Solo Challenge — it is even more inviting.

What more can you ask for from a city bathed in the untamed Atlantic, which combines the greenery of its surroundings with the blue of the sea and has an urban centre full of magic? Well, much more than anyone can imagine.

The city, where no one feels like a stranger, offers spectacular landscapes and views of the Atlantic Ocean that will help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether arriving by car, plane, or after a pleasant sea journey, this city with a salty taste never disappoints.

The 30 sailors expected to take part in the Global Solo Challenge already have the opportunity to enjoy their new home in Marina Coruña and its surroundings, while preparing their boats for their departure.

A weekend or short break in A Coruña to see one of the departures will give you an opportunity to experience the city with all five of your senses.

The Global Solo Challenge is the ideal excuse to enjoy A Coruña. Leave the boat well moored and your car well parked: A Coruña is a city best enjoyed on foot.

If you decide to travel there by boat, you will be astounded by the stunning scenery of Portus Magnus Artabrorum (bay of A Coruña), which will welcome you with open arms. It has a history of providing a safe haven for sailors seeking refuge from the storms that frequently batter the north west coast of Spain.

The Tower of Hercules will guide you to the modern Marina Coruña.

A visit at sunset to this lighthouse is a must, as it is the oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world (built in the first century A.D.), has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the third tallest lighthouse in Spain (55 meters). From there, you can head to the Aquarium Finisterrae.

In A Coruña, a new adventure awaits you at every turn; start by crossing its seafront promenade to reach the old city or "Ciudad Vieja". Its medieval and baroque streets will transport you to another era. You can't miss churches like the Iglesia de Santiago or the Colegiata de Santa María do Campo. Other noteworthy buildings include Casa de Rosala de Castro or Casa de Maria Pita (both are open to visitors) or Pazo Cornide, headquarters of the Royal Galician Academy, an institution dedicated to the study of Galician culture and especially the Galician language. Other stops include the Luís Seoane Foundation, with contemporary art and culture exhibitions, or the beautiful Azcárraga square, with the Fountain of Desire at its centre.

If you are a true sea lover, after a visit to the Tower of Hercules, you should head towards the promenade and the Orzan beach, one of the favorite spots among local surfers.

You won't have a hard time finding magnificent restaurants in this city, where you can indulge in some of the best seafood dishes of incomparable quality. Along with the six Michelin-starred restaurants (2022) in the province of A Coruña, there are a large number of small eateries where you can savor freshly caught seafood from the fish markets, the delicious scallop pie, octopus a la gallega, or hearty stews that will satisfy anyone's palate — just to mention a few local specials that will not fail to impress you.

Anyone who hasn't yet been to A Coruña should schedule a visit. The Global Solo Challenge's staggered starts, from August to December, are the ideal excuse to be part of this incredible adventure whilst feeling at home in this mesmerizing seaside city.

Related Articles

Is David Linger the ideal GSC candidate?
The American entrant is set for the Global Solo Challenge When I first looked at the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) and considered the type of sailor it would attract, I could have been describing American entrant David Linger. Posted on 4 Mar
Ronnie Simpson: “Sailing Saved My Life”
A combat-wounded and retired Marine Corps veteran whose life has been changed by sailing When an entrant to the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) is announced, the organisers post a profile of the entrant, and one of the questions asked is 'Do you intend to link this personal challenge with a social message?' Posted on 15 Feb
Global Solo Challenge welcomes Curt Morlock
The American was already planning a round-the-world lap and looking for a suitable boat to do it Curt Morlock has gone all in to kick start his project, selling his house and cashing in on his retirement fund. At 64 he is convinced that "now or never" is the time to achieve his dream to complete a solo circumnavigation. Posted on 10 Feb
Patrick Phelipon - fifty years at sea
But still a dream to fulfill in the Global Solo Challenge Patrick Phelipon was the first skipper to register "Full Entry" for the Global Solo Challenge. Known as the most Italian of French sailors, he is a yacht designer and builder, let's say, an all-around sailing professional. Posted on 4 Feb
Ocean currents and the Global Solo Challenge
Driven by a variety of factors, including wind, tides, and the Earth's rotation Ocean surface currents are the movement of water at the surface of the ocean. These currents are driven by a variety of factors, including wind, tides, and the Earth's rotation. Posted on 28 Jan
When does the southern oceans adventure start?
The tagline of the Global Solo Challenge, simple and descriptive The tagline of the Global Solo Challenge, simple and descriptive, comprising just four sentences, captures the attention and interest of seafarers, especially participating skippers, but also those passionate about ocean sailing. Posted on 16 Jan
Sailing alone around the world: Joshua Slocum
The first sailor to cruise around the world, alone For millennia, the ocean has been a gateway to new worlds, the starting point of journeys towards the unknown. It was either the quest for food supplies or running away from the enemy. Posted on 22 Dec 2022
Tristán da Cunha, the door to the Southern Oceans
Considered the most remote inhabited place on earth The participants of the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) will have faced diverse conditions after having sailed approximately 5,000 nautical miles since their start in A Coruña. Posted on 14 Dec 2022
Global Solo Challenge - One watch at a time
Lessons learned from a simple story One of my favorite short stories when I was a nipper growing up in South Africa was 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'. Posted on 26 Nov 2022
Global Solo Challenge: Home called Marina Coruña?
In less than a year it will be the regatta's main stage Compared to other ocean regattas, the Global Solo Challenge has a peculiarity: it starts and ends in the same place. In less than a year, Marina Coruña (Galicia), will be the regatta's main stage. Posted on 5 Nov 2022
Selden 2020 - FOOTERHyde Sails 2022 One Design SALE FOOTERSailGP_Technologies_Foil_1456x180 BOTTOM