FERROL WITH CHILDREN

The town of Ferrol has a series of requirements that make it an ideal destination for traveling with children.

Ferrol is a quiet city, easy to walk, with green areas, squares and playgrounds. It offers a lot of entertaining cultural visits, a permanent program of free activities focused on children and the urban art route known as “the route of las Meninas “, which excites children and adults for their great color and diversity (everyone wants to photograph themselves with their favorite menina).

Once you have visited the city of Ferrol and if the weather is good, it is a good idea to get to know our wonderful beaches of fine white sand, to relax, play sports or surf. You are on the Costa das Ondas (the coast of waves) – a paradise of surfing, with a large number of schools in this sport discipline.

Another good idea is to practice some hiking or cycling along the coast of Ferrol. Its coast was declared a Site of Community Importance (L.I.C.) for its landscape and environmental value.

NAVAL MUSEUM

Irmandiños s/n. Edificio de Herrerías

In the Naval Museum, children (and their parents) will see models of ancient warships, navigation material, maps and information of all ships built in Ferrol from 1751 to 1984.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday (closed Monday) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free entrance. It offers free guided tours for groups.

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SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM (EXPONAV)

Irmandiños s/n Edificio de Herrerías

It is located in an industrial warehouse of the eighteenth century – the Herrerías building -. It is probably the largest museum in Europe dedicated to shipbuilding.

Why do ships float? What are the most current shipbuilding techniques? These and many other questions have their answer in this museum. It is a definitely unique experience.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Prices: adult 2€; children / youth (up to 16 years old) free; over 60: 1€.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Casa del Coronel. Plaza de Canido s/n Opening hours: August from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. everyday. September: from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It has an interesting collection of fossils and remains of animals such as the skeleton of a whale, a giant squid, fossils, plants and minerals from the area.

Free entrance. If you notify your visit in advance, they will give you a free guided tour.

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ROUTE OF THE MENINAS DE CANIDO

Canido s/n

This route will awaken the artistic spirit of the little ones. The route has its origin in an artistic and vindicative project initiated by the local painter Eduardo Hermida in 2008 to denounce the state of abandonment of the Canido neighborhood. Nowadays, Canido has become a vibrant bohemian neighborhood in which artists and independent professionals have settled and many new businesses have opened. Visitors will definitely not cease to be amazed as they walk around the streets and contemplate more than 300 existing Meninas nowadays.

UNESCO has included the street-art project of Meninas as “Cultural Itinerary within Galicia”.

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AQUACIENCIA

Parque Raíña Sofía s/n

Schedule from Tuesday to Saturday: all year from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free guided tours if you book in advance.

Didactic Garden about Water managed by the City Council of Ferrol. Located in the newly remodeled park of Raíña Sofía, it is a space to learn and play with water.

In this place we can find a garden full of explanatory panels and various devices, so that children and grown-ups learn about the uses and properties of water.

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URBAN ECOLOGY CLASSROOM

Irmandiños s/n

Schedule from Tuesday to Sunday:
From April to September from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
From October to March from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This classroom explains the city as a historical phenomenon, its treatment of urban waste and other aspects of city management. This site schedules various activities and workshops throughout the year. Free entrance.

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SAN FELIPE CASTLE

San Felipe s/n
Opening hours: from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free entrance.

It is a magnificent example of military architecture of great strategic importance from the eighteenth century. It is located very close to the narrowest area of the Ferrol’s estuary and it was used  to ensure defense of the estuary.

The Castle of La Palma lies opposite in Mugardos.

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