The charisma of La Coruna


Aerial view of La Coruña, Galicia, Spain

La Coruña is one of Spain's lesser-known but most intriguing destinations. Aside from Santiago de Compostela, it is the largest city in the "autonomous community" of Galicia (in the Galician language, it is known as A Coruña), and an appealing place in October.

If the weather's warm, you can enjoy the urban beaches of Playa del Orzan and Playa de Riazor. If cold, culture abounds at institutions such as the superb Museo de Belas Artes, on Calle Zalaeta (museobelasartescoruna.xunta.es). A series of free autumn classical concerts begins on 27 October at 12.30pm.