An ancient city
Lugo is a city in northern Spain located in the region of Galicia. The city has years of history. So much so that it was founded in 25 BC, making it the oldest city in the region. Lugo is the capital of the province of the same name. The city is small, so living in Lugo means living with all the comforts of a big city, but with the tranquillity of a small town. Although its municipal district does not face the coast, the wonderful Galician beaches are only a few minutes away from the city. You can enjoy both the mountains and the beach!
City surrounded by nature
Lugo was founded by the Romans hundreds of years ago and there are still traces of their presence here. The most important Roman monument in Lugo is the city wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Its importance lies in the fact that it is the only Roman wall in the world that conserves its entire original perimeter. Other monuments listed as World Heritage Sites are the Cathedral of Santa María and the primitive Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago, which crosses the city. The city also boasts an unrivaled natural wealth, being located on the banks of the river Miño, the most important river in Galicia. So much so that the “Terras do Miño” is recognised as a Biosphere Reserve, an ideal place to enjoy nature and get away from the big cities.
The charm of its traditional festivals
The whole region of Galicia has a wealth of cultural and traditional festivals, and Lugo is no exception. On 5 October every year, the city celebrates the festivities of San Froilán, the patron saint of the city. These festivities attract a large number of visitors from all over Galicia and Spain. There are a total of seven days of celebration with events such as open-air dances, fairs, concerts, etc. Other festivals you can enjoy in Lugo are those of the La Milagrosa neighbourhood in September, the Carnival in February or the Arde Lucus festivities, where the people of Lugo dress up in typical clothes from their Roman past and simulate the daily life that was lived in the city hundreds of years ago.
University campus in Lugo
The city has a university campus of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the oldest university in Spain, so the city also has a great university and youth atmosphere. This campus is designed to specialise in land use, the environment and agricultural sciences due to the rich natural setting of the city. It is an ideal destination if you are passionate about learning the secrets of nature!
Enjoy Galician gastronomy
One of the things most acclaimed by tourists visiting this region is its gastronomy. In Lugo, the Plaza do Campo is the heart of the city and both this square and its surroundings are the main wine and tapas area of Lugo. In fact, sometimes wine emanates from the fountain in the square!
At one end of the square is the Rúa Nova, one of the main streets of the city, which is known as Rúa dos Viños. Typical Lugo dishes include octopus á feira, Galician broth or empanada, but don’t forget to try the Galician seafood!