The impressive Tower of Hercules Roman lighthouse in La Coruña, Spain

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La Coruña (or A Coruña) is a city in the Galicia area of Spain. Situated in the north-west of Spain, the city is the capital of a province of the same name and has a busy port on the Atlantic Ocean. When you rent a car, La Coruña will reveal its richest treasures.

Why go?

La Coruña car rental is also useful if you plan to see more of this sensational - and much under-rated - part of northern Spain...

Visitors to the province fly into La Coruña Airport (LCG), which was previously known as Alvedro. At only around five miles from the city centre, the airport is conveniently located to allow you to get your trip off to a quick and easy start.

La Coruña car hire is easy to organise and you can collect your vehicle as soon as you land and clear customs. La Coruña and indeed Spain as a whole has a wealth of culture and history to be explored and car hire in La Coruña is a great way to see as much of this as possible.

La Coruña dates back thousands of years and the old city has many attractions, including Castillo de San Anton, which today houses an archaeological museum. Built in the 16th century along with the Castillo de San Diego and the Castillo de Santa Cruz, these buildings comprised a strategically placed network of castles to defend the city.

For a more modern museum visit the Casa del Hombre, or Domas Museum. This translates literally as House of Man and is a modern interactive museum examining human beings as a species.

Dating to the 12th century, Santiago Church is the oldest of La Coruña's churches. Constructed over the broad span of the late 17th and early 20th centuries is San Jorge Church. Both of these are interesting places to visit.

La Coruña's most famous resident has to be the 16th century Maria Pita. Following the defeat of the Spanish Armada which set sail from La Coruña, England retaliated and attacked the city. Maria Pita led the defence of this attack and has been known as La Coruña's heroine ever since. La Coruña's main plaza is named after this remarkable woman.

The Seafront Promenade offers a fabulous opportunity for a particularly picturesque stroll. Start off at La Marina and you can walk the length of the peninsula. It may take you a while, but it is worth it. You can actually take in a lot of sights this way and it is a great place to look for a breeze on a warm afternoon.

As well as the airport collection points, a handful of car-rental offices in downtown La Coruña are also convenient if you plan to see the city sights on foot for a few days before travelling elsewhere. You can select options to suit your plans when you book La Coruña car hire in advance of your trip. Booking online before you travel is also the best way to save money on car rental.

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Where to explore?

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.