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Things to do in Lugo, Spain

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From Santiago de Compostela: Lugo and Cathedrals Beach

1. From Santiago de Compostela: Lugo and Cathedrals Beach

From Santiago de Compostela, you will head to the wonderful city of Lugo, a city recognized by its incredible Roman wall that surrounds it. A 1.5-hour guided tour will take you around the historic center, giving to the chance to discover the famous wall, a practically intact Roman wall, the cathedral, as well as simply wander around and get lost in this old city. Afterwards, you will head to the beach of Aguas Santas, or as it is popularly known, Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedrals Beach), due to the large rock formations that evoke the flying buttresses of the Gothic cathedrals. Take advantage of the low tide to enjoy the rock formations made by the erosion of the sea. This is one of the most beautiful enclaves of Galicia!

From A Caruna: Guided Day Trip to Lugo & As Catedrais Beach

2. From A Caruna: Guided Day Trip to Lugo & As Catedrais Beach

Leaving A Coruña, we go to the wonderful city of Lugo, a city that is recognized for its incredible Roman wall that surrounds the city. We will also visit the majestic and surprising Playa de las Catedrales and taking advantage of the low tide we will be able to enjoy its rock formations made by the erosion of the sea. Also time to get to know Ribadeo. We will visit the City of Lugo, taking a guided tour of its historic center of approximately 1 hour and a half, discovering the famous Wall of Lugo, a practically intact Roman wall and its Cathedral, as well as wandering around and getting lost in its ancient city. After knowing this wonderful city that brings together so much history and beauty, we will head to Ribadeo. This town in the north of Galicia is gaining popularity due to the beauty of its streets. This site is living history of emigration from Galicia, especially to Latin America where so many Galicians have had to emigrate. We will see all these constructions made by those who returned, making this city a very special place and a direct witness to this phenomenon. After that, we will head to the Playa de Aguas Santas, or as the Playa de las Catedrales is popularly known, due to the large rock formations that evoke the flying buttresses of the Gothic cathedrals. Let us let ourselves be carried away by its arches, let's walk through its fine white sand, to make this an unforgettable day. Discover with us one of the most beautiful enclaves in Galicia, and we will surely meet your good expectations. * Depending on the tides, the itinerary of the excursion will vary depending on them. Being able to visit the City of Lugo first, or however going directly to the beach.

Lugo: St. Mary's Cathedral Guided Tour "Walk in the clouds"

3. Lugo: St. Mary's Cathedral Guided Tour "Walk in the clouds"

Take a comprehensive tour through St. Mary's Cathedral in Lugo with a guide. See the main church, the cloister, the museum, the triforium, and the roofs, while learning about the 2000-year-old history and significance of the building. Start by stepping into the architectural grandeur of the main church, and walk around the Cathedral while your guide tells you about the building's medieval history and its Romanesque architecture. Next, wander through the cloister and courtyard with their Baroque stylings, before walking through the triforium, the church's upper-level walkway. Stop for a tour through the art and artifacts housed in the Cathedral's museum, and end with the so-called "Cloud Walk" on the rooftop. Here, you can admire 360-degree views of Lugo from above.

Santiago de Compostela: Galicia & The Ribeira Sacra Day Trip

4. Santiago de Compostela: Galicia & The Ribeira Sacra Day Trip

Leaving Santiago at 8:45 we will head to one of the most beautiful in the area, where it will serve as a balcony to enter this landscape. After this incredible viewpoint, we headed to one of the piers of the River Sil, to enter a catamaran ride through the canyons of this tributary of the Sil. Vineyards, monasteries, wineries, and canyons, all of this configure a landscape without the same. After this magnificent boat ride and approaching lunchtime, you will move to the capital of the Ribeira Sacra, Monforte de Lemos. This place located in this privileged site hides great history, you will have free time the food as well as time for a small guided tour and thus learn about the most emblematic places in the area. After knowing the history of its streets, and its castle among other monuments, you will head to take the gold from the area, which costs so much effort to get to its locals, the wine from the Ribeira Sacra. Visit a traditional winery and see vineyards and the artisan process as the grape is collected, even how it is bottled knowing all these steps and finally tasting with some appetizers. Say goodbye with a wonderful view of the meanders, this time of the River Miño, having known both rivers, and taking us a complete vision of this beautiful area of Galicia. Finally, and after having toured this jewel of Galicia, you will head to Santiago having visited one of the most beautiful destinations in our community.

Lugo: Cathedral of Santa Maria Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

5. Lugo: Cathedral of Santa Maria Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Get an entry ticket to visit the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Santa Maria in Lugo, better known as the Lugo Cathedral. Admire the impressive architectural structure and hear about the historical and cultural significance of this site with a free audio guide. Learn about the cathedral's history dating all the way back to late Roman times when a temple was built after the evangelization of the city. Though no trace of that original church remains, the current structure can be traced back to the 12th century. Work continued on the cathedral over centuries, resulting in the building's unique blend of architectural styles, ranging from the Romanesque north door to the Neoclassical west façade. Head inside to discover the longest and narrowest floor plan of any Hispanic cathedral and marvel at the lavish Churrigueresque altar surrounded by stained glass windows. Make sure to visit the Cathedral Museum, which is included in your entry ticket. View the museum's fascinating archaeological exhibition and extensive art collection, which includes works by Cornielles de Holanda, Joannes de Boloña, and many other artists.

Lugo: Guided City Walking Tour with Saint Mary's Cathedral

6. Lugo: Guided City Walking Tour with Saint Mary's Cathedral

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Lugo. Explore the most important sites, such as Saint Mary's Cathedral and the City Walls, and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Meet your guide at Praza Maior, Lugo's main city square. From here, set off toward Saint Mary's Cathedral, an impressive religious building dating back to the 12th century. Step inside and admire the different architectural styles representing its long history, from Romanesque to Neoclassical. Visit the chapels dedicated to San Froilán and the Virgin with Big Eyes, the patron saints of Lugo. Continue to Lugo's Roman walls, the only city in the world completely surrounded by intact Roman walls. Walk alongside this UNESCO World Heritage Site while learning about the history of Lucus Augusti, the ancient settlement that became modern Lugo. Next, arrive at Museo Provincial, Lugo's city museum. Marvel at the extensive collection of archaeological artifacts, religious objects, and local artwork preserved in this Gothic-style building that was formerly a convent dedicated to Saint Francis. Wander over to the House of Mosaics, home to the remains of a villa of a noble Roman family. Inside, see the magnificent mosaics and get a feel for how the wealthiest and most powerful people lived during Antiquity. Visit the Domus Do Mitreo Museum, built on the archaeological remains of an ancient Roman temple. Delve into Lugo's Roman past beyond its famous walls. Finally, arrive at Lugo's old prison, now a cultural center located just five minutes from Praza Maior, where your tour will end.

From Lugo: Ribadeo and As Catedrais Beach Full-Day Trip

7. From Lugo: Ribadeo and As Catedrais Beach Full-Day Trip

Embark on a full-day trip to the city of Ribadeo and the As Catedrais Beach from Lugo. Take in the dramatic coastal features of As Catedrais and explore the seaside city of Ribadeo on a guided tour. After pickup from your hotel, take a scenic drive to As Catedrais Beach. Admire the views of the coast before arriving at As Catedrais with your guide. Discover this natural wonder and marvel at the towering rock pillars and arches that resemble a cathedral. Next, make your way to the municipality of Ribadeo. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic center and admire the unique buildings. See the houses of the rich noblemen who made their fortune in America and learn about the town from your guide. Continue to the impressive Torre de los Moreno with its modernist style, inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudí. At the end of our guided tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer back to Lugo.

From Lugo: Ribeira Sacra and Sil Canyons with Wine Tasting

8. From Lugo: Ribeira Sacra and Sil Canyons with Wine Tasting

Enjoy a wine-tasting tour of Ribeira Sacra and Sil Canyons from Lugo. Marvel at the natural beauty of Amandi, located in the south of the province on the route, and be sure to take photos.  Depending on the time of year you go, you will either get a scenic train or boat and enjoy the views of the Sil canyons run.  Jump on your transportation, take a seat, relax and enjoy the ride. Marvel at the scenic views and learn the region's history from your guide. See the stunning vineyards and views of the Ribeira Sacra. Smell the sweet aroma of Spanish wines as you arrive at the winery. Enjoy a guided tour around the winery and cellars and learn about the process and production of making tasty Spanish wine. Feeling thirsty? No worries; after your tour, you get onto the good stuff, tasting delicious wines. Taste a selection of Mencia and Godello D.O. Ribeira Sacra wines. Continue to Monforte de Lemos after your winery visit and end your day on a high. See the panoramic view from the Parador de Turismo and feel tipsy after your winery visit.

Lugo: Viladonga Fortress and Miño River Spring Tour

9. Lugo: Viladonga Fortress and Miño River Spring Tour

Experience Galicia's ancient history and natural beauty on this tour through the Lugo Province with hotel pickup. Discover the Fortress of Viladonga and its museum and take in the beautiful views and serene atmosphere of the Miño River springs. Start your tour with pickup in Lugo and visit the Celtic fortification of Viladonga. Discover this well-preserved example of a pre-Roman settlement, originally built by the “castrexos,” the people who occupied Galicia before the Romans. See the foundations of houses, streets, defensive walls, and public buildings as you make your way through the ruins. Learn all about the fortress' history at its museum. Visit Lake Fonmiñá and Pedregal de Irimia to see the springs that create the head of the Miño River. Walk along the lake and see the sculpture dedicated to the Galician hero Breogán, made by Magín Picallo and Manuel Mallo before returning to Lugo.

Lugo: ¡¡NEW!! Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

10. Lugo: ¡¡NEW!! Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

This visit will begin in the Plaza Mayor, just in front of the City Hall, our guide will be waiting for you with a blue umbrella, so you can recognise him. Here we will talk about the Roman origins of the city through its history. Here are the statues of the founders of Lucus Augusti, as Lugo was baptized in Roman times. Paulo Fabio Máximo receives the map of the city from Emperor Augustus. But Lugo is also preserved as a medieval city and as proof of this we have its historic quarter, located within its walls, where we can see the Cathedral and the streets surrounded by the typical arcades. Lugo is a city that grew within its Roman walls over time. From the Cathedral you can access the walls, we will make a section of these where we can see Lugo outside the walls and inside the walls as well as some remains of domus or Roman houses discovered in the area. After strolling through its walls, we will enter its streets full of local shops and tapas areas, where we can enjoy the great gastronomic offer of the city, because as the saying goes "...and to eat: Lugo". Another proof of its gastronomy is the Mercado de Abastos, where you can see all its most typical products. We cannot miss its famous "wine zone", for this reason we will be finishing the tour in the Plaza del Campo, where the weekly market used to be held, today the starting point for the streets where you can taste a great dish accompanied by a good wine.

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What people are saying about Lugo, Spain

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Beautiful Tour of the Ribeira Sacra, a wonderful environment, with good food and good prices, and wonderful people...The guide is very friendly and very close...I recommend it 100*100 to all lovers of nature and good food . Excellent!!

Spectacular tour. Well organized. Super experienced and professional chauffeur Fran. Yovana professional guide and a charming person. You can not miss the experience of the beach of the cathedrals

Very nice excursion. Our guide Giovanna was very nice and during the journey she was explaining to us the places through which we were passing. we recommend it

Uma otima experiencia. Pouco tempo na praia, mas vale a pena.

Fantastic!! Maria is a great guide!! highly recommended