La Serena

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La Serena
La Serena lighthouse.jpg

Country Chile
Region Coquimbo Region
Settled 1549
Population 249,656
Area (sq mi) 1,892.8 km2 (730.8 sq mi)
Population density (/sq mi) 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym Serenense
Co-ordinates 29°54′10″S 71°15′07″W

La Serena is a Chilean city located in the north of Chile in the Coquimbo Region. It has plenty of beaches that are visited by tourists on summer. The city was founded by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia in 1549 and reconstructed by Francisco de Aguirre. The icon of the city is the La Serena lighthouse.