Plan to see in Lugo city and province: The places to visit, its history and gastronomy, recommended restaurants, the best accommodation deals in Lugo, guided tours and activities. Useful links to visit Lugo
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Lugo is a small city (about 100,000 inhabitants), therefore, when you consider traveling to Lugo, you have to take into account that quality prevails here instead of quantity. The city of Lucense has one of the best preserved Roman Heritage in the world, in fact its Roman wall has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, complemented by the Roman bridge and hot springs.
In this image you can see the grandeur of the wall of Roman origin and its magnificent state of conservation.
One of the most important Roman heritage in Spain can be visited in Lugo.
To commemorate this glorious Roman past, every year is celebrated “Arde Lucus”, an event that has been developing since 2002 and has been declared a Festival of National Interest. If you do not want to miss it next year, subscribe to our monthly newsletter and we will keep you informed of this and other original cultural plans.
We also have historic buildings to see in Lugo, such as its cathedral and several historic-artistic buildings such as the town hall itself, in the Baroque style.
It is also worth mentioning its exquisite cuisine as well as its hospitality and consequently an obligatory destination for lovers of cultural tourism.
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The best preserved in the world (the only one that is preserved whole), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With its more than 2 kilometers in length and its 85 towers, the wall surrounds the entire old town.
Lugo town hall
A beautiful baroque building with very refined finishes. In addition to its exquisite architecture, the town hall is located in an emblematic area of the old town, being visited.
House of mosaics
One of the indispensable places to see in Lugo to understand how life and Roman society was. In this case it is the house of some illustrious character of the time and retains wonderful mosaics that denote the luxury that this place once had.
Cathedral of Lugo
Although the predominant style is Romanesque, the successive reforms endow it with baroque and neoclassical elements. Despite the different styles, the entire construction is well combined, being a beautiful cathedral.
Lugo Cathedral is possibly one of the oldest places of worship in the Iberian Peninsula, since it is believed that the first church was built there in the first century.
Interactive Museum of the History of Lugo
A fantastic and original museum proposal of more than 4,000 square meters underground with a garden of 15,000 square meters as cover. A wonderful space inside and out, one of the indispensable places to see in Lugo.
Church of San Froilán
It worships the patron of the city and is also built in baroque style. Its small size is because it was formerly the chapel of a hospital. The hospital was destroyed by a fire in 1878, leaving only the chapel, which was then converted into a church.
Although the bridge is of Roman origin, the successive reforms of the twelfth, fourteenth and eighteenth centuries give it a much more current look.
Provincial Museum of Lugo
Free admission, in its 5,000 square meters houses much of Lugo’s history, from pre-Roman pieces to contemporary works of art.
Church of San Pedro, a beautiful rarity
A beautiful Gothic church that contains a rarity that makes it very special. This rarity consists of the cover and the dome, which are Mudejar style, a rarity in these latitudes.
The Lugo Romano Thermal Baths, located on the ground floor of the Spa were declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931. Like the wall, they are very well preserved and can be seen perfectly as they were used by the Romans.
Park Rosalía de Castro
An indispensable place to see in Lugo, especially if you visit Lugo with children. The park covers 23 hectares where you can relax in its garden areas while children enjoy the bird pond or the children’s play area.
Light Factory Ride
A relaxing walk along the banks of the Miño.
What to see in Lugo in one day
If you only have one day to visit Lugo, I recommend this fantastic guided tour, valued at 9.5 out of 10 by Civitatis users.
Lugo is a beautiful province with beautiful landscapes and a lush nature of sea and mountains. I propose eight essential places to see in Lugo province.
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Natural park of Los Ancares
The Los Ancares Biosphere Reserve is a protected natural area that includes among others the municipalities of Navia, Cervantes and part of Becerreá in Lugo, the municipalities of Candín, Peranzanes, Villafranca del Bierzo and Vega de Espinareda in El Bierzo and part of Ibias in the southwest of Asturias.
This natural space is one of the areas where Atlantic life and Mediterranean life come together since Ancares acts as a border between one and another climatic region. This characteristic gives the area a great biodiversity with endangered species.
In addition to highlighting as a nature reserve, in the Ancares, numerous historical remains from different eras throughout its geography should be noted, in an area barely altered by man.
Monasterio de Samos
One of the oldest and most important monasteries in Galicia. The monastic complex belongs to different eras and styles, mainly Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, there are hardly any elements belonging to the Romanesque. Since the tenth century it is occupied by Benedictine monks, being an important stop on the Camino de Santiago to have a hostel.
Beach of the cathedrals
In the area of Ribadeo there are several beaches of fine white sand and usually moderate waves, among which stands out above all the Augas Santas Beach, popularly known as the Beach of the Cathedrals. This name is taken because of the similarity of their rock formations with the arboreal arches of the Gothic cathedrals. Some of these arches exceed 30 meters high.
Las Catedrales beach is listed as a Site of Community Interest (S.C.I.) in the Natura 2000 Network, for its animal and plant wealth.
Being a place of high environmental value, it has restricted access, so the best option to visit it is with this fantastic excursion from Lugo which also includes guided tour of Ribadeo.
A beautiful town that in addition to the natural beauty of its estuary and its coast, has notable Indian buildings, some built in modernist style. Ribadeo also has several historical buildings such as Convent of Santa Clara and the Parish Church of Santa María del Campo whose origin dates back to an old Franciscan convent of S. XIII.
Ribadeo also offers exquisite cuisine, as is common throughout the province of Lugo.
Ribeira Sacra y Cañón do Sil
The Ribeira Sacra is formed by a group of twenty-one municipalities in the south of the province of Lugo and the north of the province of Ourense, with the river course of the Miño, Sil and Cabe rivers as agglutinating element.
In addition to an exuberant nature, the area is full of ancient monasteries and vineyards that produce the prized white wines with Ribeira Sacra Denomination of Origin.
But undoubtedly the most spectacular of the Ribeira Sacra is the Sil Canyon, where the erosion of the river has marked a unique landscape.
The best way to visit the Cañón do Sil is with this magnificent excursion from Lugo capital that includes a tourist boat (or train depending on the time of the year) and visit the Regina Viarium wineries with wine tasting.
Balcony de San Roque en Viveiro
Mount San Roque is a recreational space for locals, its viewpoint allows spectacular views of the surroundings of the Viveiro estuary, including the beautiful town, the ports of Viveiro and Celeiro and Covas beach.
Souto de Retorta
Near Viveiro is this giant eucalyptus forest, with impressive specimens such as the famous “avó” (grandfather), planted around 1880, with more than 67 m high and 10.5 m perimeter.
Castro de Viladonga
A great place to understand what the life of the Celts was like in pre-Roman times. The best way to visit this archeological site is with this excursion from Lugo city that includes guided visits to the site and the Archaeological Museum of del Castro de Viladonga.
Park ornithological of Lugo
Avifauna is a Bird Reserve located in Outeiro in the province of Lugo and has an area of 20,000 m2, which houses more than 200 different species of birds from the five continents. A must see especially if you are looking for things to see in Lugo with children.
These birds belong to different habitats of the planet and many of them are in danger of extinction, being the Ornithological Park of Outeiro their refuge.
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Lugo is to taste its renowned cuisine, a real pleasure both at the table and at the bar.
|Startes||Octopus á feira, Galician broth, empanada, cooked with chorizo, hoof, nose, ear, tail and other pig derivatives. All kinds of seafood|
|Meats||Truffle lacon, ham cooked with wine, guts, liscos (bacon cooked with plenty of oil and grilled). Also in its valleys the famous Galician beef is produced|
|Fishes||Roasted sardines, cooked with the mackerel or served with paprika. Turbot, hake with Galician sauce, salmon from Ulla and trout from Río Miño and Sil.|
|Desserts||Guitiriz corn cakes, Mondoñedo cakes and chestnuts with milk.|
|Wines and drinks||Ribeira Sacra wines. The vines grow on the terraces between the Miño, Sil, Bibei and Cabe rivers.|
|Other products||Ceramic crafts, basketry, jewelry and goldsmiths.|
Our suggestions in Lugo
One of the most important things to do in Lugo is to eat in one of its fantastic restaurants. You can check the best restaurants in Lugo according to TRIPADVISOR cliking the icon.
More than 2,000 years of history go a long way, but it is the era of Roman splendor that has left its mark, we have many traces to see in Lugo. After the Romans the city has suffered numerous conquests and reconquests, most of them with blood and fire.
Foundation of Lucus Augusti, capital of the Gallaecia Lucense, by Paulo Fabio Máximo on behalf of the Emperor of Rome.
|26 a.C.||The Romans settle in Lugo.|
|270 d.C.||The Romans begin the construction of the Wall.|
|460||The suevos kill the Galician-Roman rector of Lugo and take power in the city.|
|714||Muslims arrive in Lugo.|
|741||“Reconquista” of Lugo and beginning of the mythical repopulation of Bishop Odoario.|
|1088||Alfonso VI grants the bishops of Lugo the lordship of the city.|
|1380||Semi-legendary rebellion of María Castaña.|
|1669||Constitution of the Offering of the Kingdom of Galicia to the Sacramento, which makes Lugo the spiritual capital of Galicia.|
|1809||In January 1809 the French army enters in Lugo, and is expelled several months later.|
|1849||With the pronouncement of Colonel Solís in Lugo begins the so-called Galician Revolution of 1846, which would end up bathed in blood with the execution of the Martyrs of Carral.|
|1857||On the day of San Froilán, patron of the city, the first train arrives in Lugo.|
|1905||Ángel López Pérez assumes the mayor’s office for the first time.|
|1936||Judicial or clandestine murder of a large number of Lugo Republicans. Luís Pimentel’s poems will reflect the atmosphere of terror that the city experienced.|
|1950||Frigsa is created, one of the great industrial slaughterhouses in Spain.|
|2000||Unesco declares the Roman Wall of Lugo as a World Heritage Site.|
|Parties||San Froilan to 4 to 12 of october.|
Lucus burns in mid-June. It is a Festival of Tourist Interest in Galicia in which the city’s Roman past is recreated.
|Pharmacies||Farmacia de guardia ahora en lugo ciudad|
|Public transport||Transporte público|
|Cheap gas station||Gasolineras baratas|
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