In Galicia it rains, a lot. That’s a fact. It’s one of the regions of the world with the most rainy days a year, so even if the weather reports predict that it will stay dry, you could still feel a few drops when you least expect it. On the bright side, this community is famous for its beautiful green landscapes and its beaches, which more than make up for the weather. So, if you decide to discover A Coruña despite the weather, we have five ideas that you can enjoy even if it rains.
- Visit the museums: A Coruña is a city with some fascinating museums, including Casa de las Ciencias, where you can learn all about science and technology, and The Domus, an interactive museum dedicated to human beings. The kids will love learning and playing at the same time.
The new MEGA museum explores the history, roots and production processes of Estrella Galicia beer, while the A BANCA Foundation hosts various exhibitions throughout the year and has a panoramic glass lift boasting views of the districts of A Coruña. And let’s not forget the Museum of Fine Arts, where you can find some of Goya’s engravings.
- Stroll through the aquarium: As an alternative to museums, the Aquarium Finisterrae is a great choice, particularly if you are travelling with children. It is inhabited by over 60 species, many of which belong to Galicia’s ecosystem, and not only can you meet the stars of the aquarium, a colony of seals, you can also play with them and feed them.
- Treat yourself to some tapas: We can all agree that Galician cuisine is among the finest in the world. Use the bad weather as an excuse to bar hop along Rúa Estrella, commonly known as wine street, and try some of the typical local tapas such as polbo á feira (Galician-style octopus) or raxo (pork) with potatoes.
- Feast on churros and chocolate at an unmissable venue: On a rainy winter’s day, there’s nothing better than some warming churros and chocolate. The must-see place to try them in A Coruña is the popular Bonilla a la vista churros and coffee shop on Calle Galera. It’s famous for its churros and its crisps, which it has been producing for over 60 years and which it exports internationally.
- Hit the dancefloor: The nightlife in A Coruña is not to be missed. Plus, many of the most fashionable venues are located in the same space, Los Cantones Village, an old shopping centre overlooking the port, where you can move from one pub to another without getting wet. In Riazor, try Playa Club – with its glass walls and beachfront location, it’s the ideal place to watch the sunrise from the beach, sheltered from the cold.
A few years ago, a famous chain of Galician supermarkets created a phrase that reflected the attitude of Galician people and became famous in the region: “Se chove, que chova”, meaning “If it rains, let it rain”. In A Coruña, people always look on the bright side despite the weather, and life in the city continues “amodiño”, as they say, at a slow pace and under an umbrella.