Lugo is among the important cities along the Camino Primitivo, the oldest Camino de Santiago route, and a must-see in your visit to Galicia. In case you are walking the Camino Frances from Sarria and making your way by public transport from Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport, you're more likely to change bus at Lugo station where you will take the bus to Sarria*. If you are arriving early, we advocate you cease for a number of hours to check out Lugo’s historic centre earlier than you hop on the bus to Sarria. We really feel it will be a real disgrace to overlook it!
These are our high tips for a fantastic afternoon in Lugo:
If you are arriving around lunch time or you're feeling peckish, Lugo’s Old Town shall be a real treat. If Galicia is well known for its tasty meals, Lugo is one of the greatest places to dig in. We recommend you wander about the Old Town the place providing free pinchos (small little tapas) with every drink is a neighborhood tradition. Each glass will include a complimentary dish that could be anything from freshly made tortilla to the classic Galician empanada (savoury pie), octopus, stews and other dwelling cooked meals.
This is a favourite pastime and tradition for locals, notably at weekends. If you're still hungry after your free pinchos, you can even get unbelievable food at nice costs around this space (and most of the metropolis, really), together with daily specials and set menus. Head for the streets in and round Praza do Campo comparable to Rua do Miño and Rua Nova to experience the most effective of Lugo’s gastronomy and discover the city one ‘pincho’ at a time.
It's also essential to note than in most towns and cities in Spain, shops shut at lunch time (roughly from 1.30pm to 4.30 or 5pm, to be then reopened once more until late). This will mean the ‘shopping’ parts of town shall be quiet while it will likely 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 superbly preserved construction courting back to the 3rd century and wrapping across the Old Town for over 2kms. Lugo’s impressive UNESCO-listed Roman Wall (Muralla Romana de Lugo) is up to 7 metres wide and has 85 towers and 10 gates, including the Porta Miñá (referring to the River Miño), which is the best way out of the town for pilgrims on the Camino Primitivo (the Original Manner).
You'll be able to actually take the steps up the wall and go for a stroll along the full loop (one other exercise favoured by locals). You’ll get an important perspective of town and it provides you with a chance to get some training carried out for your Camino, as well as burning all those tasty pinchos.
The Primary Square (Praza Maior) is a superb place to relax and watch the world go by for a while, after your walk. There are lots of cafes where you can enjoy some downtime with a cup of coffee before getting ready on your bus to Sarria*. Earlier than you go, nonetheless, you should go to Lugo Cathedral in Praza de Santa Maria, just just a few metres away from the Praza Maior. Originally constructed in the 12th century and due to this fact a Romanesque building, many other kinds have been added additional time, hence its Baroque, Obtainedhic and Neoclassic elements.
You probably have a couple of hours to spare and you have an interest in history we suggest you go to the local museum (Museo Provincial) where you will be able to fully recognize the city’s rich heritage and history, significantly from the Roman era. Annually, town celebrates this Roman heritage with a period festival, Arde Lucus, that transforms Lugo back into its third century city self: federacion lucus augusti
For those spending the evening in Lugo, a go to to the Roman Baths is highly recommended. The baths are today a part of a hotel-spa complex Lugo Hotel Balneario, so you may combine each history and pampering. The baths are also very close to a different one of Lugo’s iconic constructions: its Roman Bridge over the River Miño.