Spain Snapshots: Plaza María Pita, A Coruña

Right now, I’m boarding a flight to my second Spanish home, A Coruña. The northwest corner in Spain is a breath of fresh air in Seville’s stifling, 40º heat, and I’ve got all the things I love about Spain in one place – great food, a breathtaking city and the warm nature characteristic of the people there. It’s like putting on my favorite pair of Mango jeans after a few months of skirts and dresses – I could see myself living here.

Plaza María Pita, crowned by the charming town hall, is the throbbing heart of the mushroom-shaped peninsula. Buried within the vast, colonnaded square is the first place I ever tried pulpo a la gallega, and crunched up between a light post and hundreds of others, I watched Spain win the World Cup in 2010. Just recently, the Novio and I walked arm-in-arm as I showed him my favorite rincones of the Crystal City.

My heart is completely andalú, but I leave a small piece of it at the Riazor beach or in the coves next to the Torre de Hércules every time I’m in Galicia.

Have you been to Galicia? What are your favorite parts?

If you’re new here, check out my first few entries in a series on photogenic Seville and other parts of Spain, which will be posted every Monday. If you’d like to participate with your photos from Spain and Seville, please send me an email at sunshineandsiestas @ with your name, short description of the photo, and any bio or links directing you back to your own blog, Facebook page or twitter. There’s plenty more pictures of the recital on Sunshine and Siesta’s new Facebook page!

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. Great blog, another city girl transplanted to Andalucia! We went to Galicia last September and I adored it. I did a couple of posts if you are interested. Don´t know A Coruña yet though!

  2. :)

  3. Oh you lucky soul! (or do I mean well planned and organised lady?) A Coruna in Summer sounds fabulous. I always hanker after that northern coast as we cross the mountains and fly out over the sea.

  4. Gorgeous! I haven’t been, but would love to.

  5. Coruna is a really lovely rinconcito of Spain, and July is the best time to go (though the festivals are in August). You all should try and make it up!!

  6. Michelle says:

    Jorge and I had the BEST seafood there EVER! I took him as my first bday present to him…unforgettable trip. Lucky lucky you!!!

  7. I have never been to Galicia. It’s on my list to visit once we retire to Spain tho 😉


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