Lugo is in Galicia, NW of Spain.


Roman walls of Lugo

Lugo is a city in Galicia, in the north-west of Spain. It has a population of around 100,000 people, and is home to a considerable student population with a campus of the nearby University of Santiago de Compostela to the south of the city centre. The city is well known for its historic Roman walls which circle the old town, reaching a height of almost 15 metres - they are still in excellent condition, and remain completely intact. Their historic status is recognised internationally, and form a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The city was founded by Celts, who named it Lugos after the Celtic god of light, oaths, and the arts. It remained a small town of little repute until the Middle Ages when it became a seat of pilgrimage. This was because the cathedral would show the Blessed Sacrament to the public 24 hours a day.

The roman walls which give the city its famewere built between 263 and 276 AD to defend the then Roman town of Lucus Augusti against local tribes and Germanic invasion. However, their success in the defence of the town was limited, and over the next 700 years the town was invaded and sacked by Suevi, the Visigoths, the Moors, the Christians and the Normans.

In 1833 Spain was split into provinces, and Lugo became the capital of Lugo province, which gave it more status, which was further helped by the railway arriving here in 1875. The city kept on growing as an administrative centre, and when the Civil War broke out it was quickly under the control of Franco’s fascists.

Get in

By plane

By air, the closest airport is Lavacolla (IATA: SCQ), about two hours by bus away. Empresa Freire operates a regular bus service to and from Santiago de Compostela, with a stop at the airport.

The following companies operate currently at this airport:

By train

RENFE has a train station in the city, which connects Lugo by rail to the rest of Spain.

By car

Lugo is just off the A-6 national highway, which reaches from A Coruña in Galicia to Ponferrada and Madrid. It is also on the N-640 Galician route from Ourense to the northern coast at Ourense. Driving around town is relatively easy, however there are a number of one way streets which can be confusing. Much of the old town is pedestrianised, and as such off-limits to most drivers.

Distances to/from Lugo: Madrid 505 km, A Coruna 97 km, Ourense 96 km, Oviedo 255 km

By bus

Lugo Bus Station (Praza Constitución) is just outside the old city walls, and serves a number of destinations.

Get around

The city is small, and the tourist centre is easily navigable by foot. Maps are available from tourist information offices and most hotels. Bus services operate to the outskirts.


The Roman walls


The University of Santiago de Compostela (one of the best in Spain) has a campus in the town , to the south of the centre, which offers a number of programmes, including exchange opportunities for private students and those looking to study through existing exchange programmes such as Erasmus. They offer courses in:

Additionally, the Centro de Linguas Modernas attached to the University provides a number of language courses in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English. These courses are generally only available to registered students.



There are a large number of supermarkets and bakeries throughout the city which sell everything the self-caterer needs.



The vast majority of bars will provide you with a small portion of food (tapa) with a drink order (even a soft drink), and with enough drinks often a sizeable amount of food can be had! The local beer is Estrella Galicia, and other common brands include Cruzcampo, Steinburg and San Miguel.


Stay safe

Lugo is a really safe place to visit like Galicia in general, however some caution never hurts (especially on the weekends at night).

For all emergencies dial 112.

The Policia Nacional responds to emergency calls and patrols the city centre. They are also able to provide written reports in the event of a crime. The Policia Local also patrols, and deals with less serious offences.

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