A Day In Lugo
Lugo is without doubt one of the important cities alongside the Camino Primitivo, the oldest Camino de Santiago route, and a must-see on your visit to Galicia. If you're walking the Camino Frances from Sarria and making your approach by public transport from Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport, you're likely to change bus at Lugo station the place you will take the bus to Sarria*. In case you are arriving early, we advocate you cease for just a few hours to check out Lugo’s historic centre before you hop on the bus to Sarria. We feel it could be a real disgrace to miss it!
These are our top ideas for a fantastic afternoon in Lugo:
In case you are arriving round lunch time or you feel peckish, Lugo’s Old Town might be a real treat. If Galicia is well known for its tasty meals, Lugo is one of the best places to dig in. We advocate you wander about the Old Town where providing free pinchos (small little tapas) with each drink is a local tradition. Every glass will come with a complimentary dish that may very well be anything from freshly made tortilla to the traditional Galician empanada (savoury pie), octopus, stews and other dwelling cooked meals.
This is a favourite pastime and tradition for locals, particularly at weekends. If you're nonetheless hungry after your free pinchos, you can even get fantastic meals at nice prices around this area (and many of the metropolis, really), together with daily specials and set menus. Head for the streets in and around Praza do Campo reminiscent of Rua do Miño and Rua Nova to expertise the very best of Lugo’s gastronomy and discover the town one ‘pincho’ at a time.
Additionally it is necessary to note than in most towns and cities in Spain, shops close at lunch time (roughly from 1.30pm to 4.30 or 5pm, to be then reopened once more until late). This will imply the ‘shopping’ parts of town will be quiet while it will be prime time in the streets with bars and restaurants.
WALK LIKE A ROMAN
Lugo’s most iconic attraction, and rightly so, is its spectacular Roman Wall, a perfectly preserved structure courting back to the 3rd century and wrapping across the Old Town for over 2kms. Lugo’s spectacular UNESCO-listed Roman Wall (Muralla Romana de Lugo) is up to 7 metres wide and has eighty five towers and 10 gates, including the Porta Miñá (referring to the River Miño), which is the way in which out of the town for pilgrims on the Camino Primitivo (the Original Means).
You possibly can truly take the steps up the wall and go for a walk alongside the full loop (another activity favoured by locals). You’ll get an excellent perspective of town and it provides you with an opportunity to get some training finished on your Camino, as well as burning all these tasty pinchos.
The Major Sq. (Praza Maior) is a superb place to calm down and watch the world go by for a while, after your walk. There are various cafes the place you'll be able to enjoy some downtime with a cup of coffee before getting ready on your bus to Sarria*. Earlier than you go, however, it's best to go to Lugo Cathedral in Praza de Santa Maria, just just a few metres away from the Praza Maior. Originally built within the twelfth century and therefore a Romanesque building, many other kinds have been added time beyond regulation, therefore its Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassic elements.
When you've got a few hours to spare and you have an interest in history we advocate you visit the local museum (Museo federacion provincial de asociacions de veciños de lugo
) where you may be able to fully admire the town’s rich heritage and history, particularly from the Roman era. Annually, town celebrates this Roman heritage with a period pageant, Arde Lucus, that transforms Lugo back into its third century metropolis self: Lucus Augusti.
For these spending the evening in Lugo, a go to to the Roman Baths is highly recommended. The baths are immediately part of a hotel-spa complicated Lugo Hotel Balneario, so you'll be able to mix each history and pampering. The baths are also very close to another one in every of Lugo’s iconic buildings: its Roman Bridge over the River Miño. Website URL: