Lugo is a two-thousand-year-old city that rises up on the banks of the river Miño in the North of West of Spain. This city keeps intact the essence of the monuments that surround it in the history center of the city, which is surrounded by its Roman wall declared as World Heritage Site by the Unesco. Lugo is a small medium city with around 100.000 habitants. It is a city conceived for walking that stands out for its accessibility. You can go everywhere by foot in Lugo. Otherwise, you can also take the urban bus, which is one of the cheapest in Spain, costing each trip just 0.64 cents.
Lugo is also and, above all, a city with a splendid Roman past as can be seen in the wall that surrounds it, the Thermal Baths or the Roman Bridge. And you should not miss a visit to the Cathedral and the Virgen de los Ojos Grandes, a beautiful medieval stone carving. We suggest you stopping for a snack in the city it in the busy taverns of the old town and have a Mencía or Alvariño wine, produced in Galicia.
The Lugo festivals known as the San Froilán Festivities, are one of the busiest in Galicia and last almost the entire first fortnight in October. The city gets full of stands, markets, and different attractions for children. This is one of the most famous parties in all Spain.
During this time, the city of Lugo turns into a big festival, where you can enjoy a lot of music concerts, comedy and theater shows, and of course, lots of tapas! For many, the best in Galicia, especially delicious gastro nomic specialties: octopus is the most known food in Lugo and it is the typical food you can enjoy during San Froilán. But also, you should try to eat some empanadas, which are typical pies from this part of Spain with different fillings. One of the most popular is the chicken empanada and tuna empanada. But empanadas can also be sweet. One of the most popular is the traditional apple pie that is produced in the province of Lugo. Lugo is not the only places worth visiting though, as the entire Spanish northern coast is a pearl in the Cantabrian area, you should definitely take your time to pay a visit to the northern area and especially the Basque Country – if you need more information about accommodation in northern Spain, visit San Sebastián Rentals.
LUGO ROMAN WALL
Lugo’s Roman wall surrounds the historic center of the Galician city of Lugo in the province of the same name in Spain. The ancient Roman city o Lugo was founded by the Roman Emperor Lucus Augusti. Paulo Fabio Máximo went there on behalf of Emperor Lucus Augustus in 13 BC. They wanted to annex the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula to the Roman Empire. So that they decided to make a Roman camp where Lugo is now, and they made a big wall that surrounds all the city. This wall is still in good state and you can go for a walk on the top of the wall. It has around 2 km long and many people enjoy going for a walk there and to do some running. It offers some great views of the city.
The wall, with a length of 2266 meters, contains 85 powerful towers and it limits the historic center of the city, which at the beginning was seen as an obstacle for its evolution and growth, but after many years it became a monument integrated into the urban structure and a source of tourist wealth. The Roman wall is well integrated in the urban landscape of the city.
The Roman wall of Lugo was declared a World Heritage Site1 2 by UNESCO in 2000 on November 30 and has been twinned since October 6, 2007 with the Great Wall of China of Qinhuangdao.
Built as a separation and defense, it has become an integrating element between the ancient Lucus and the one that has developed around it. Its ten gates carry out the function of joining one part of the city with the other and its round walk, adarve, has become one more street that is crossed by local pedestrians and visitors.
In 2015, in the approval by Unesco of the extension of the Camino de Santiago in Spain to “Caminos de Santiago de Compostela: French Way and Northern Ways of Spain”, it was included as one of the individual assets of the primitive path.
Definitely Lugo is a city that you can visit for one or two days. Walking around the city will make you discover the history of a Roman town. The city is accessible from other parts of Spain mostly by bus from Madrid or Barcelona. It has a train station with a daily connection to Madrid and one night train to Barcelona. The city has a connection by bus with Santiago de Compostela.