The Old City of A Coruña has always lived face to face with the sea. It extends over a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, so it has two seafronts : calmer waters on one side that houses the port, and the Orzán Cove which is open ocean and where are the main beaches of the city: Riazor, Orzán and Matadero.
Another emblem of the city the Galeries de la Marina, is one of the largest glass constructions the world.
track and port of great importance.During the ninth and tenth centuries, the inhabitants of the island then called Faro (Lighthouse) were leaving the area due to constant attacks by the Viking fleet and settled in the area of Betanzos. In 1208 King Alfonso IX founded the city on the present site of the Old Town.