City of LugoLugo is a city where history can be found in almost every corner. Founded by Paulo Fabio Maximo (Paulus Fabius Maximus), a magistrate under the rule of emperor Augustus in the year 13 b.c. as Lucus Augusti, its downtown is surrounded by a fully accessible roman wall, declared World Heritage by the Unesco in 2000. Several places of the city, including in-site museums and archeological sites allow to see the remains of the roman past, including the bridge and hotsprings close to the nearby river Miño. This ancient past is nowadays vibrantly celebrated with the Arde Lucus (www.ardelucus.com) a three-day festival normally happening in June. Also, interesting sites from more recent past like the 12th century cathedral and other monumental buildings, confer the city its historical character.
But also Lugo is well known by its cuisine - in fact, it is a said: "...y para comer, Lugo" ("...and for eating, Lugo"). Famous for its speciality, the boiled octopus, Lugo have an extensive number of restaurants with different specialities, and also bars where "tapas" are offered for free to the customers.
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SurroundingsThe province of Lugo is characterized by the diversity of its landscapes. The coast (approx. 1 hour driving from Lugo) alterns dramatically shaped cliffs and beautiful sand beaches, like for instance the "Playa de las Catedrales" ("The Cathedrals Beach"), in the municipality of Ribadeo. The inland mountainous landscapes like in the areas of Ancares and Caurel (approx. 11/2 hours driving), despite being relatively low in height, still keep the print of the traditional agriculture merged with shrublands and forests. Down to the south, a particular landscape can be seen - in fact, the one to be visited in the field trip: the "Ribeira Sacra" ("Sacred Riverbank", at aprox. 1 hour), a typical wine production area where is possible to see the cultural landscapes of wineyards and chestnut orchards.
The cities of A Coruña (approx. 1 hour driving from Lugo), beautifully placed in the coast, and of course Santiago de Compostela (1 1/4 hour), with its famous Cathedral, pilgrimage center in Christianity, and the medieval pattern of its city center, are also interesting places to visit, and are close to the main airports in Galicia.