La Coruña lies at the extreme north
west of Spain and forms part of the autonomous community
of Galicia. It is an Atlantic city with a
The municipality covers a surface area of 36.8 km2
with 243,785 inhabitants. This means a population
density of 6,624 inhabitants per km2. Given
the relative shortage of land and the need for
expansion, the land is more profitable as a base for
building. Farming activities are therefore more centered
in the surrounding areas. Even so, as a coastal city,
fishing is a very significant industry in La Coruña. All this means that the main sector in the
city is services - it is the economic and cultural
centre of the area and plays the role of a regional
metropolis not only in the province but in all Galicia.
There have been various changes in the city's structure
over the last few decades - it now shares some
administrative functions and is less of a military
centre. Companies have grown, especially in certain sub
sectors such as finance, communication, layout and
sales, manufacturing, technical services and the port
itself (it is the largest in Europe in terms of fresh
fish unloaded), with the increase in other port
activities like crude oil and solid bulk, making up 75%
of Galician port traffic.
LCG - La Coruña Airport
Rutis - Vilaboa
E - 15180 La Coruña
Airport Code: LCG
0034 981 187 315
www.spanair.com offer a selection of Domestic and
International flights from La Coruña. You can fly direct to: Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Madrid,
Tenerife, Paris, Lisbon and London.
Located just 8 kms outside of the city of La Coruña this
airport deals mostly with domestic flights. The nearest airport which is
served by Ryanair is
Santiago de Compostela Airport which is about 65 kms
When you arrive at La Coruña Airport there are three baggage carousels to collect your bags. After
you have collected your bags head into the main hall
where you will find signs for the taxis and buses and
the offices for the car hire companies. Iberia and Spanair also have ticket offices here.
The departures area at La Coruña Airport consists of
10 check in desks and once you have checked in you will
be called to one of four boarding gates. Within this
area you will also find a café serving hot and cold
drinks and a shop selling various items.
The buses at La Coruña Airport arrive
and depart from just outside the terminal building. The
buses leave every 30-60 minutes and the 25 minute
journey into the City centre costs ~ €1.50.
The taxis at La Coruña Airport can be
found outside the arrivals hall and as a rough guide a
taxi into La Coruña
should cost approximately €12 - €15 and to Santiago de Compostela
Services: Tourism Office of La
Coruña, restaurant, shopping, rent-a-car, automatic
0034 981 187 259
0034 971 745 020
EASY JET (will start
in February 2007 with domestic flights from Madrid)
0034 902 100 145
SCR- Santiago de Compostela Airport
15820 - Santiago de Compostela
Airport Code: SCR
0034 981 547 500
Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from
the UK. BA flies from Heathrow, Ryanair flies from Stansted.
Ryanair also flies from Frankfurt and Rome.
Spanair offer the best selection of flights and you
can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao,
Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga,
Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.
This airport serves the City of
Santiago de Compostela and is also used by people
traveling to La Coruña which is 75 kms away.
IThe arrivals at Santiago are
handled in two different halls. Hall A deals with
domestic and EU flights, hall B deals with the
occasional EU flight and all non EU flights. You will
find the car hire companies in arrivals hall A.
Departures at Santiago de
Compostela are dealt with on the ground floor and there
are a total of 18 check in desks. Iberia has 6 of
these desks and Ryanair has 2 desks.
There are a couple of cafés at the
airport that are open throughout the day and you will
find 7 different shops at Santiago selling a variety of
things including cigarettes, perfumes etc.
Parking at Santiago de Compostela
provides spaces for 1200 cars and the charges are as
follows: €0.40 for the first half hour and €0.50 for
every subsequent half hour. Daily parking costs €9 and a
lost ticket incurs a penalty of €45.
You will find four different buses
at Santiago de Compostela:
Airport - Lujo - runs throughout the day from 0700 -
Airport to Santaigo Center
- runs every 30 - 40 mins
Airport to Santiago (Doctor
Teixeiro line) - runs every 30 - 60 mins
Airport to La Coruña -
Just one bus per day which leaves
at 1130 am
Taxis can be found outside the main
terminal building and you should expect to pay €15 for a
trip into Santiago de Compostela and around €80 for a
taxi to La Coruña.
0900-1400 Monday to Friday
0900-1300 Saturday (except during the summer)
Spain's climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and
hot in the south. The best months are from April to
October, although mid-summer (July to August) can be
excessively hot throughout the country except the
coastal regions. Madrid is best in late spring or
autumn. The central plateau can be bitterly cold in
Required clothing: Light- to medium-weights and
rainwear, according to the season.
Please check out the following URL to
find out information on the Climate of La Coruña.
The basic unit of currency is the Euro. Banks, hotels, travel agencies,
and exchange bureaus (câmbios) are all good places to exchange money, but it's wise to
shop around for the best rate and lowest commission.
Credit cards are accepted by many businesses, but not by all. It's a good idea to ask the
merchant about credit card acceptance before trying to make your purchase. Most traveler's
checks and Eurocheques are widely accepted.
220 volts AC (110/125 volts in some older buildings),
50Hz. Generally, round 2-pin plugs and screw-type lamp fittings are in use.
Spanish is the official language
in the country. However, other
languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of
Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in
Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian
in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of
Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.
These requirements are subject to change. Check with
the embassy or consulate in your home country before you depart.
U.S. citizens: A valid passport and a
return ticket are required for stays of up to 90 days.
Australian and New Zealand citizens:
For visits of up to 90 days, Australians need both a valid passport, a visa,
and a return ticket, whereas New Zealand citizens need only a valid passport
and a return ticket.
Canadian citizens: A valid passport and a return
ticket are required for stays of up to 90 days.
EU citizens: A national identity card only is required
by most citizens of most EU countries for visits of up to 90 days. Citizens
of Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Portugal, however,
require current passports or passports expired less than 5 years; citizens of Germany,
Ireland, and the UK with valid passports or passports expired less than 1 year.
Japanese citizens: A valid passport and a return ticket are
required for stays of up to 90 days.
Others: Nationals of Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta,
Monaco, Netherland Antilles and Switzerland need either a valid national identity card
for entry or a passport expired less than 5 years.
Note: A Schengen visa issued by an embassy or consulate of either
Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, or Spain allows the holder
to travel freely in all of these countries for up to 90 days.
Citizens of countries not listed in the categories above should
contact the Spanish embassy or consulate in their home country for details about entry requirements.
Visitors to La Coruña find themselves in
a new and interesting city that has undergone various
changes in infrastructure and new offers. They have to
be able to move through the city with ease to discover
it or to rediscover it.
Public and tourist transport is
the way for both the visitor and the local to get
round the city, to enjoy the different aspects of
its hospitality and dynamism.
At the Bus station (c/ Caballeros, 21
- Telephone 981 184 335) there are many companies to
meet your transport needs.
Spain is one of the safest countries
in Europe for tourists who come to visit.
As with anywhere, you should take basic safety measures. You should avoid
desolate, or poorly lit areas. It is recommended that you only carry on you the amount of
money you will need for each outing. Pay special attention in areas with large groups of people,
such as when getting on and off public transport or in department stores. If possible, try to park
in a place where they will watch your car. When driving in the city, keep the doors locked until you
decide to leave your vehicle, and when you do so avoid leaving valuables inside.
Prevention is the best
way to avoid unpleasant incidents.
TA value-added tax (VAT), known as
IVA for Impuesto sobre el valor añadido, of
approximately 16 percent is included in the price of
most goods and services (33 percent for luxury goods).
If your country
of residence is outside of the European Union, you may
request a sales-tax refund for your purchases. There are several companies in Spain that
are authorised to process sales-tax (IVA) refunds. You need to
request a form for your sales-tax refund from the
merchant at the shop.
Citizens of non-EU countries who
spend at least € 90.15 at one store are eligible for a sales-tax refund. This
amount needs to be spent at the same shop, and on the same day,
for it to be eligible for a Tax Free cheque. The paperwork is
simple; to obtain the refund, you must do the following:
Ask for a tax-free receipt of purchase, for which
you need to show a valid proof of foreign residency (passport).
Show your purchases, and seal the tax-free goods
in customs. (You have three months from the time of purchase
to seal your goods).
Ask for the refund at the authorised refund-processing
company. These companies have IVA refund offices
at all major airports in Spain. You can get your refund in cash, or credit it
back to your credit card.
The international telephone access code is 34. Telephone codes for specific cities
and their surrounding areas are as follows: Madrid 91, Alicante 96, Balearic Islands 971, Barcelona 93,
Benidorm 96, Bilbao 94, Granada 958, La Coruña
981, Las Palmas 928, Málaga and Torremolinos 95, Santander 942, Seville 95,
Tenerife 922, and Valencia 96. Omit the 9 if calling from abroad.
To place an outgoing international call, dial 07, plus the relevant country code and number.
To reach an international operator, dial 9198 for calls inside Europe, and 098 for calls outside of Europe.
To reach a local operator, dial 009, and for directory assistance, dial 003.
The local time in La Coruña is UTC/GMT
Tipping is common in Spain, but not
at all mandatory. In restaurants, for example, a service
charge is added to the bill, but it customary to round
up the bill as a tip, or, if the service is exceptional,
to leave as much as 10 percent. In cafés and bars, loose
change is fine for a tip. Hotels also add a service
charge, but a tip for the person who cleans the room and
one for the porter is customary. If a taxi driver gives
good service, loose change or 5 to 10 percent of the
meter fare is a common tip, and parking lot attendants
and coat-check staff usually receive a Euro as a tip.
Water that runs direct from taps
satisfies the United Nations World Health Organization
standards. Bottled water is widely available in hotels,
supermarkets and convenience stores.