Founded by the Romans as Lucus Augusti, the city of Lugo boasts more than two thousand years of history and heritage. The finest and most famous testimony to this illustrious past is the Roman Wall, which has remained indestructible over the centuries and is now the quintessential symbol of this Galician city. But Lugo also has many other places of interest to visit and it’s well worth spending a few days here to stroll around the streets and discover the town. Make time to get to know all its different attractions: its monuments, its cuisine, its natural surroundings and its people.
More than two thousand years of history goes a long way. A visit to Lugo is like a trip into the past. You’ll need plenty of time to discover all the little hidden spots this magic two-thousand-year-old city has to offer. Visitors to the walled city can put aside their cares and stress for a while. Time seems to stand still in Lugo. Talk a wander through the pleasant streets and discover its thousand and one captivating corners.
If there’s one thing that characterises Lugo, it’s the extraordinary hospitality with which it greets visitors: the gates are always open in the Roman wall. Lugo is proud to boast the only fully intact Roman wall in the world. It has become a symbol of the city, especially since 2000 when it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travellers cannot but be amazed by the serene, solid beauty of this defence structure, its stones giving a sense of the passing of time. Take a walk along the ramparts, which stretch for over two kilometres around the city, and get a perfect bird’s eye view of the colours of the local countryside, the roofs and chimneys of the old quarter and the proud towers of the cathedral. What could be more romantic than to walk along the wall under the stars. Generations of local people have enjoyed this unique moonlit walk amidst the stones, in the quiet of the night.
History, monuments and cuisine… Visitors to Lugo cane enjoy the magic of its walls, its historical centre and the magnificent River Miño. And they leave with the enduring memory of a welcoming city where no one is a stranger and the gates are always open.
LUCUS AUGUSTI – Lugo, Galicia