When you book car rental, La Coruña becomes a great city base from which to see more of Spain's north...
If you have taken advantage of La Coruña car hire then getting out and about to the many beaches that surround the area will not be a problem. The closest are Playa del Orzan and Playa Riazor. Being on the Atlantic, both of these offer great surfing opportunities.
A little further out are Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Pescaderia - all offering great bars, beaches and cafes. Car hire in La Coruña is a must if you want to get out further along the coast and visit the mountains.
If you fancy a few hours soaking up the sun (or taking long winter walks) amid sand dunes, then check out the undulating beach hills of Corrubedo Natural Park, which is also a haven for many birds. It takes only 90 minutes to reach this ocean-side beauty spot when you set off from La Coruña. Driving via the city of Santiago de Compostela is the fastest way to get to and from Corrubedo, so you could combine the two on a day trip. Alternatively, extend your stay and book a hotel in the ancient and attractive city of Santiago de Compostela. Known as a place of pilgrimage, the city is on the Way of St James, or El Camino de Santiago, and is home to a very grand cathedral.
Other places to visit from La Coruña include the lovely fishing town of Pontedeume (a 30-minute drive), the Roman town of Betanzos (25 minutes away), and the spa resort at Arteixo, which is only 20 minutes west of La Coruña.