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Lugo Mini Guide
About the City
The city of Lugo is in the Galicia region of north-west Spain. It is next to the Minho River and about 1½ hours drive to Santiago de Compostela
. Lugo is the only city in the world that is enclosed by a Roman wall that remains intact. The city’s name is thought to have come from the Latin word ‘Lucus’ meaning sacred forest.
How can I get There?
If you have arrived by air into Santiago de Compostela or La Coruna
, you can take an airport shuttle bus into the city bus stations from here you can take a bus to Lugo. The best way to see the area however is by car.
What is There to see in Lugo?
You can walk the Roman wall and stop off at one of the ten gates. The most famous is Carmen Gate as it is often used by walkers on St James Way, the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. For a little culture visit the gothic convent and church of St Francis, along with the cloister remains you will find the Museo Provincial and a collection of Galician art. Lugo Cathedral is worth a visit, it was built in 1129 but not fully completed until 1769. There you can see the ‘blessed sacrament’ that is displayed permanently. Next take a walk to Plaza Major, where you can have a coffee al fresco and watch the world go by. Outside the city walls, stroll in the Gardens of Rosalia de Castro or visit the thermal springs at Barrio del Puente, a Roman spa.
The Galician’s like to think of themselves as being different and independent of Spain, so you won’t find much paella or rice there, fish and seafood are the favourite choice. Try the vieira, a sea scallop eaten with lemon and a splash of Albarino wine or sometimes it is coated with breadcrumbs and spices. Octopus or pulpo is cooked in olive oil and paprika or try the almejdas a la marina, a small shellfish cooked in wine, these are both delicacies in Galicia.
Are There any Festivals?
Like most of Spain, Easter is very important to the Lugans and you'll find a week of festivities including processions, church services, music and dance.
What Else is There to see?
If you have a car, you can explore the beautiful countryside around Lugo. Stop at the small town of Samos which has a monastery and is on the pilgrimage route. Winding and scenic roads take you there; the journey takes about 1 hour. If you want to hunt down a bargain, visit the antiques fair at Sarria and later visit the convent. Viladonga, just 15 minutes away from Lugo, has ruins of an Celtic fort and settlement called Castro and a museum explaining its heritage.
07/02/13 - From the 4th to the 12th October you can help the town celebrate the Fiestas of San Froilan. Dating back to the late 18th century, this event is celebrated with brass bands, processions of the 'big heads'; huge papier mache heads worn on the shoulders of revellers and there are lots of activities for children too.