Seville Snapshots: Un Poquiño da Coruña

Galicia, the region resting quietly above Portugal, is one of my favorite parts of Spain. Just this week I turned in my final project for my master’s, said adiós to my mom until Christmas and flew up to La Coruña, where I’ve spent the last four summers eating octopus and drinking yummy Estrella Galicia working at a summer camp (for real, I work my culito off!).

Coruña is a mid-sized town on the coast, sitting on a peninsula that stretches between a cresent beach and a bustling port. It’s often called the Crystal City because of the way the sun hits the large windows and the glimmer it leaves on the cool water of the Cantabric. I love its food, its people, its singsong language, and it feels like a second home to me.

After I spend three weeks at camp as the Big Bad Boss Lady (while eating at La Bombilla, drinking crisp Albariño wine and hanging out on the pebbly Orzán beach), I’ll join my friend Hayley in Asturias and walking 200+ miles along the coast and back to Galicia on the Camino de Santiago. I’m doing it for charity, so if you’re keen, read my reasons for walking or follow along on twitter and instagram at #CaminoFTK.

Have you ever been to Galicia? Check out my related posts on Coruña if you’re interested in all things gallego, and consider visiting this little-known region.

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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. I’ve been to Galicia, but not to A Coruña, though I’d love to. Annnnd it would be nice to be there now, with their temperatures in the 80s and not the 100s!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      It is hotter than normal here, but it’s been lovely. Coruña is fantastic in the sunshine!

  2. Yay Galicia! I am most looking forward to visiting A Coruña when I move to Santiago in the fall; it’s only a half-hour high-speed train ride away! Have fun and eat lots of tarta de santiago for me! hahaha
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  3. We almost made it to Galicia last fall, but couldn’t fit in everything we wanted to do so left it for another time. I’ve heard that the cuisine is different. Is that true?
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Ooh, Galicia is great! Hopefully you’ll get here soon. The cuisine in Spain is so varied, so of course Galicia has their trademarks: goose barnacles, boiled octopus, creamy cheese, raxo…I love the food here!

  4. Out of curiosity, what is the name of this summer camp?
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