In an earlier article we looked at the many things that are right on the doorstep of the luxury apartment residence of Citania – focusing purely on what lies within a few hundred metres walk along the Enseada do Orzán, or Bay of Orzán.
Follow the long, sweeping promenade that hugs the curve of the bay in the opposite direction, though, and a whole new range of attractions and amenities come within easy walking distance. During such a walk it will be hard to keep your eyes off the crystal waters of this scenic inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention the broad, white sand beach that ranks as one of the best city beaches in Spain.
In summer the balmy weather and warm sand attract scores of sunbathers, while the waves prove irresistible to surfers for much of the year. Come to the end of the main stretch of beach and you also reach the Estadio Riazor, home to local football club Deportivo de La Coruña. Having spent the past two decades at the top of Spanish football, the club can also boast one of the most scenically located stadiums in Europe, let alone Spain.
To watch a match within metres of a sun soaked beach is certainly unique, and offers quite a tempting prospect for spending a summer afternoon, though Riazor is also unusual in that it borders another unique landmark of A Coruña – the Ciudad Jardín. A true late 19th, early 20th century garden city, it represents a fine example from an inspiring era of town planning and architecture. But unlike many of the garden cities of England, however, this idyllically planned area combines the feel of village life with a city centre location and beautiful Art Nouveau style homes.
Known as the Modernista movement in Spain, it is romantic style befitting such a dreamy suburb within touching distance of the beach. If the quaint cafés and eateries of this area have given you a second wind, why not continue along the edge of the bay a few hundred metres more? Here beaches give way to cliffs and the gradient rises to produce a vantage point from which you can not only enjoy a fantastic overview of the city and its bays, but also out to sea. A funicular takes you straight up to the Parque de San Pedro, an expansive and very natural green park that offers spectacular sea, cliff and cityscapes within an environment that includes children’s play areas, picnic zones, a restaurant and viewing point, as well as one of the largest remaining coastal batteries in Europe – now fortunately entirely dedicated to peaceful purposes such as adding visual drama to an already captivating setting.