GUADEC 2012, A Coruña,Spain. 26th July - 1st August

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Enjoy A Coruña

Torre de Hércules

If you are attending GUADEC you will find that A Coruña is a nice city to stay in summer. Besides its urban beaches and historical buildings, A Coruña has a lot of cultural options, like theatre, concerts or several exhibitions.

The organization will provide you touristic information and suggestions of activities with the support of the local tourist office, starting, for example, with a beautiful promenade beside the Atlantic Ocean and the urban beaches. Don't forget to visit the "Monte de San Pedro", a public park, in the west of the Riazor's bay, with the best views of the city.

We recommend also to visit the scientific museums: Aquarium Finisterrae,National Museum of Science and Technology and the Museum of Mankind (Domus). People will discover the submarine world, the secrets of the human being and the enigmas of the firmament. All the museums have been designed with the philosophy "Please do touch!"

The visit to the Tower of Hercules, the symbol of A Coruña, is also mandatory. It is the only Roman lighthouse in the world that is still working. Almost 2,000 years of history - according to legend the remains of the giant Gerion are buried under the Tower. A visit to our city is not complete if you don't enjoy the magnificent views from the lighthouse.

Those who like walking, the promenade around the coast would be their best option. Miles of promenade take us past beaches and cliffs from the Castle of Saint Anton past the port, bringing us to the Sculpture Park Tower of Hercules, an open air museum in a setting steeped in legend, all the way round to the beaches of Orzan and Riazor.

Tower of Hercules. The Tower of Hercules is located between Orzán Cove and the Ártabro Gulf where it rises. It's the oldest working lighthouse in the world and was declared World Heritage site in 2009. TheSculpture Park Tower of Hercules is an open air museum where you can feel the sea breeze, its flavour and aroma in surroundings steeped in legend. There are over 15 works of art in a great natural space.

Beach promenade. We recommend getting to know the city by foot, peddling through the bike lane, running or by tram across the beach prommenade, the longest in Europe with more than 10 kilometres in length.

Monte de San Pedro. The best mirador in A Coruña with a panoramic elevator, pic-nic area and junior play area. An area from which to admire the collection islets that fill the coast and apreciate the magnitude of the Tower of Hercules.

Beaches. A Coruña has more than two kilometres of beaches in the city. A stone throws away away are the ones of Orzán, Matadero, San Amaro, As Lapas and Oza.

The old city. A journey through its streets allows us to re-live the different stages of its history and places us in the varied rhythms of the heartbeat of a medieval and barroque city.

The glass CityThe galleries in the marina avenue provide visitors with a mirror that collects all the daylight reflections, from sunrise to night fall, this has given A Coruña the name of Glass City.

Archaeological Museum and historic Castelo de San Antón.An Old fortress and prison that offers a journey through prehistory, the castros and the Roman era.

Gardens. Woodland, varied species, floral richness and illustrios galician momuments make these places ideal to spend a leisurely afternoon or simply relax in the open air

 Aquarium Finisterrae “Casa de los peces”All the Galician coast in one museum: The fishermen, markets, coastal songs... are also come to life in Casa dos Peixes. The spectacular natural surroundings are an extension of the museum.

 Domus Museum.  The first interactive museum in the world dedicated to the human being.

Castro de Elviña (historic fortified settlement.  Protohistoric settlement in the municipal area of A Coruña, one of the oldest in northern Galicia, sited 500 m of venue.

Museo de Belas Artes (arts museum). Spanish and European art from the XVI century to XX century, with works by Murillo, Sorolla, Rubens, Tintoretto, Goya and Picasso.

Exhibitions: Alex Katz. almost nothing. Alex Katz (New York, 1927) is one of the precursors of pop art. His work is part of the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate Gallery or the Reina Sofia. This exhibition, with a total of 22 works, is presented as an overview of the path of Katz from some of his best landscapes, scenes and portraits.

Thalassotherapy:Termaria, House of Water. One of the largest aquatic leisure centres in Europe.A great unique space divided into three clearly differentiated and complementary areas: Sport, Talaso and Club that has an indoor Olympic sized pool and where concepts such as Leisure, Relaxation and Health take on their true meaning.

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