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La Coruña and the Melia Maria Pita offer the ideal location for you to combine work, relaxation, culture and leisure. Termaria “Casa del Agua” 15 minutes from the hotel. Two golf courses: Campo Zapateira (11.5 km) and Pitch & Putt (2.7 km) plus, within a radius of 20 km there are two courses: Campo Hercules Golf Club and Miño Golf Club.
Coruña is a modern and cosmopolitan city on the Atlantic coast. It has an important historic and artistic heritage, a confluence of Romanic, Baroque, modern and contemporary art, as well as Celtic, Phoenician and Roman influences.
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Galicia’s landscape of steep forested hills hidden behind clouds of misty drizzle earned it the “end of the world” nickname from the Romans. Since then, the Celtic inhabitants or Gallegos, have been left alone in this un-Spanish corner of Iberia. Plunging valleys cut across the landscape, leading to large inlets and estuaries called “rias”. Similar to fjords, these flooded valleys deeply punctuate the coastline, and effectively filter the consistent North Atlantic swells. Galicia has mainland Europe’s largest swell window and the jagged coastline means somewhere will always be offshore.
Galicia differs from its neighbours to the east in several ways. Although the coastal rock formations are not particularly good for surfing reefs, there are literally hundreds of beaches facing every different direction. Some of these can produce excellent waves, given the right conditions. Galicia has a wide swell window and one of the highest wave climates in Europe. Unlike Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, swells from the W or even SW get in here no problem. However, despite the abundance of swell, most breaks only handle up to medium-sized waves. On the big days one looks for spots that face away from the main swell direction. There is so much open space in Galicia that crowds are not really a factor, even in summer. The only exceptions might be some of the beaches close to the cities of Ferrol and Coruña – Pantín or Doniños, for example. One factor that keeps down the number of visiting surfers is the temperature of the water. Strong upwelling and the proximity of the southward-flowing Canary Current keeps the water temperature cold throughout the year, particularly on the beaches around Cabo Fisterra and the Costa da Morte, necessitating a 4/3 steamer and boots, even in mid-August. This, combined with its high swell exposure, means that Galicia offers an excellent summer alternative to the much more crowded areas such as southwest France.