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A seven day excursion (6 nights) departing from CEBREIRO at 6 p.m. lying on the border between the provinces of Lugo and León - a medieval town surrounded by spectacular mountain landscape where you can still see the primitive dwellings known as "pallozas"....Read more.....Tours in Galicia

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Lodging & Tours in Lugo & Lugo Province, Galicia, Spain

Roman Walls and Cathedral, Lugo, Galicia, Spain
Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. It is the capital of the province of Lugo. The municipality had a population of 96,678 in 2009, which makes is the fourth most populated city in Galicia.
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Sample some of the Finest Roman Architecture found anywhere in Lugo   by Stephen Morgan

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Northern Spain and Galicia particularly has long been an undiscovered jewel in the whole of the Spanish tourism industry and within that undiscovered jewel in particular we are going to take a look at Lugo.

Overall of all of the autonomous regions of Spain possibly Galicia is the most remote and this makes Lugo even more of an undiscovered treasure.

Traditionally, Galicia was seen as a poor agricultural region, whose economy did not lend itself to modernisation and yet as far as tourism is concerned it is this constant contact with the past that gives the region its appeal and charm.

The Galicians, whose origins are Celtic, are fiercely proud of their culture and language; it is what makes them unique (they feel) within modern day Spain.

It absorbed little in the way of outside influence being fiercely resistant to all forms of outside intervention (and we mean all forms of outside intervention), was never conquered by the Moors, and in the Middle Ages fell under the control of the kingdom of Asturias.
Thankfully slowly throughout the 20th century Galicia has begun to develop a way in which to manage the traditional lifestyles with a modern community to ensure that none of its rich history is lost and this is now starting to show very real and tangible benefits as far as the local tourism economy is concerned.

The ancient town of Lugo is in eastern Galicia lays on one of the main roads into Galicia from Leon. It was not surprising given its location that the Romans chose to use it as their provincial regional capital.

As many historians have pointed out on quite a few occasions the Romans were a race that never did anything by half measures and so you can be rest assured that when they decided to use Lugo as their regional headquarters firstly they would make sure that it was fortified and secondly they would make sure that those fortifications were extremely robust and well constructed.

Roman Walls and Cathedral, Lugo, Galicia, Spain
Roman Walls and Cathedral, Lugo, Galicia, Spain
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Hence you know have a town built in the 21st century that has some of the finest examples of Roman fortifications and architecture in existence today. So much so that the walls of Lugo are now major tourist attractions in their own right.

The Roman settlement at Lugo originates from about 15 BC but the actual fortifications were begun in earnest in the third century AD under the rule of the Roman emperor Augustus.

As has been mentioned before, the walls of Lugo surround the entire town and they are punctuated at regular intervals throughout the entire circumference by outposts of 82 different towers.

The other main attraction of Lugo is its Cathedral which now sits on the site of an earlier church construction that stems from the 12th Century. Perhaps not as large or impressive as its westernmost neighbour in Santiago de Compostela, the Cathedral at Lugo is still well worth a visit if you have the time.

Within the town walls the streets still follow a traditional roman axis and the narrow cobble stoned streets are a delight to wander around when you have the time and there are quite a few interesting restaurants that can be found in out of the way locations dotted throughout the town.


Featured Lugo Hotels

About the Author - Stephen Morgan writes about a great many Internet Travel based issues and more on the above can be found at Accommodation in Galicia. For a more complete overlook at Tourism in Galicia try
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Gran Hotel Lugo
Gran Hotel is located in the centre of Lugo and is just a five-minute walking distance to the monumental zone.  This modern and elegant hotel provides accommodation with necessary amenities, which cater to the needs of its guests.  The restaurant offers traditional kitchen throughout the year, and also offers Castilian and other international delicacies.  The Watchtower is the ideal place for the first glass at night, a calm and relaxed place.  The Great Lugo Hotel offers incomparable services for the celebration of banquets and family celebrations, emphasizing the ample gardens as well as several halls reserved for the most select banquets.  All the 156 rooms are carefully designed and decorated, where clients can find maximum comfort and tranquillity besides enjoying the surroundings.
Husa Puerta de San Pedro, Lugo
Husa Puerta de San Pedro is a modern hotel set 300 metres from the historic Roman walls of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Muralla, and 1.5 kilometres from La Milagrosa nature resort. The hotel is well placed to see the town and surrounding attractions; it is three kilometres from the Feria de Muestras. La Coruña Airport is an approximate driving time of 75 minutes, and a distance of 90 kilometres. The hotel's restaurant serves buffet cuisine in modern surroundings. Guests can unwind with drinks in the hotel's café, and relax with a complimentary newspaper in the lobby. Those guests wishing to catch up on emails or surf the web can take advantage of the hotel's Internet access. The 36 air-conditioned guestrooms, over eight floors, feature bright, modern decor and light wood furnishings.
Mendez Nunez Hotel, Lugo
Founded in 1861 and located in the centre of Lugo (2000 year old city), with a very important roman wall which dates back to its Roman origin, the Mendez Nuñez Hotel has the privilege of being located in the historic and commercial centre of Lugo. The Hotel has its own bar, living room with TV.  We also offer special services for meetings such as reception area, notice boards, projectors, photocopier, videos, screens, pa system and paper flipchart. And at Almirante's exhibition hall exhibitions are held from time to time. Served at the bar situated on the sixth floor, you can choose between continental breakfast or cold Buffet. The meals will be served at the restaurants which are close the Hotel, they serve tasty and tourist menus and 'a la carta' for groups and individual reservations.
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Balneario Aguas Santas Golf Hotel, Panton - 10 kms from Monforte de Lemos
The Hotel Balneario Augas Santas is located in the province of Lugo, Spain, in the centre of the Ribeira Sacra. It is one kilometre from the village of Ferreira de Panton, and 10 kilometres from the village of Monforte de Lemos.  Situated in lush parkland, this modern hotel features a spa with therapeutic waters, hydrotherapy, heating therapy, massages, and beauty treatments. Other facilities include an outdoor pool with sundeck and an 18-hole golf course, while practical amenities include room service and wireless Internet access. Activities for children are available.  The Augas Santas restaurant is modern and serves typical Galician, and Spanish dishes, accompanied by regional and Spanish wines. A complimentary breakfast is served to guests each morning.  Business facilities include conference rooms, and a business centre.  As well as an 18-hole golf course, there is a mini-golf course within the hotel grounds.
Parador de Monforte de Lemos
The monumental group of buildings of San Vicente do Pino stands at the highest point of the town of Monforte de Lemos: the Torre del Homenaje, the monastery of San Vicente do Pino and the Palace of the Counts of Lemos, these last two housing the Parador de Monforte.  The origins of the monastery date from the 9th century, although the present building, which replaced an earlier one on the same site, was built in the 17th century in the Neoclassical style. The Neoclassical central cloister boasts very fine stonework and is the monument’s main point of architectural interest.  The restored monastery is now a hotel with 50 rooms, distributed around the central cloister and an annex known as 'Casa del Monte Fuerte’, with a total capacity of 100 guests.
Ribadeo - The Ribadeo estuary forms a natural link between Galician territory and the neighbouring lands of Asturias on the opposite bank. On this deep estuary, formed by the river Eo, the main town is Ribadeo.  Ribadeo is an attractive town with a castle and many colonial style buildings.  It is also an early stop on one of the Caminos, or pilgrim routes.  Located just over 100 kms from Lugo. Click to view map
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Exterior Views Parador de Ribadeo, Ribadeo
The Hotel occupies a traditional Galician country house on the Ribadeo estuary, a centre for sailing and holidaymaking, next to the coast of Asturias. Its magnificent location, on the border between Galicia and Asturias, offers the possibility of enjoying unique views of the landscape of Galicia, the Ribadeo estuary and the little villages of the Asturias bank of the river, an extraordinary panorama which can be seen from the dining room. A graceful, elegant seaside style predominates in the hotel interior. The rooms are welcoming and comfortable, some with splendid views.  Come into the Parador dining room and enjoy local Galicia cookery with dishes such as empanada (pie), lacón (ham) or soups. The local seafood is particularly good. Make a point of trying it. 
Vilalba - famous for its tower, the "Torre de los Andrade en Vilalba.  The town is approximately 35 kms from the provincial capital of Lugo. Click to view map
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Exterior Views Husa Spa Villalba, 8 kms from Vilalba
The Husa Spa Villalba is a contemporary spa hotel which benefits from the thermal waters of the Lugar Alligal and is eight kilometres from the Spanish town of Villalba. Guitiriz Golf Course is 30 kilometres from the hotel and Lugo Cathedral is 40 kilometres away. Alvedra Airport is 110 kilometres from the hotel, with an approximate driving time of 90 minutes. The Thermal Club has a thermally heated swimming pool, with counter-current river, geysers, water beds, spa tubs, and relaxation rooms Fitness equipment is available, and the hotel also has a sauna and massage treatment rooms. Restaurant Villalba serves local specialities in a contemporary setting.  The 42 air-conditioned guestrooms are located over two floors and have contemporary decor and furnishings including desks.
Exterior Views Parador de Vilalba, Vilalba - Lugo
This impressive tower from medieval Galicia, now converted into a hotel, dominates the landscape of this town, centre of the "Terra Chá" area, which originated from this fortress, home of the Andrades, the counts of Vilalba.  The hotel offers cosy, welcoming spaces with a medieval air; in the tower, 6 bedrooms share this medieval style with the Salón de los Andrade, with frescos and coats of arms.  In the shadow of the tower, the new stone building is in the style of a pazo, the Galician country house, housing the remaining 42 bedrooms, the restaurant and bar.  Lacón con grelos (ham stew with greens), Raxo pie, beef kebab Don Nuño, roscón de Vilalba (local cake), San Simón cheese...  And at Christmas time, the star of the table is a Vilalba capon, roast in the medieval style. Hungry yet?
Viveiro (also known as Vivero) is a town and municipality in the province of Lugo, in the northwestern Galician autonomous community of Spain. It borders on the Cantabric Sea, to the south of the municipality of Ourol, to the east of Xove and to the west of O Vicedo. It has a residential population of over 16,000 (2007 figures), which however triples in the summer months with visitors to the coastal region. Click to view map
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Exterior Views Best Western Hotel Las Sirenas, Viveiro
The Best Western Hotel Las Sirenas is located on a clifftop in the northwestern Galician community of Viveiro, Spain. Sacido beach is 100 metres away and Covas beach is 300 metres from the hotel. The centre of Viveiro is three kilometres away.  This hotel is perched on the cliffs of Viveiro, overlooking a protected cove in the Rias Altas Galicia area. The Hotel Las Sirenas affords direct access to the cove. Amenities include a jetted tub and swimming pool that is covered during winter and open to the elements during warmer months.  Las Sirenas Restaurant serves traditional Spanish dishes between June and September. The hotel also houses an informal, modern cocktail bar offering a range of drinks and snacks.  The Hotel Las Sirenas features a miniature golf course and an onsite tennis court. A playground is available for kids. 
Exterior Views Pazo da Trave, Galdo, near Viveiro
Pazo da Trave is located on the coast of Lugo in Galdo, Spain, in a valley 3 kilometres from the Ria de Viveiro. Viveiro town centre and its train station are 3 kilometres away.  Pazo da Trave is set in a stately stone country house, formerly a medieval palace, surrounded by a garden shaded by Galician trees, and featuring a small chapel. There is an outdoor pool surrounded by greenery, and fitness equipment is available. Multilingual staff at the front desk can secure valuables in the safe-deposit box, and complimentary newspapers are provided in the lobby. Pazo de Trave Restaurant has a dining room with exposed timber frames and a glass-enclosed arbour. Traditional dishes from the Galician region are served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A sandy playground is available for children and the hotel can organise activities such as paintball, surfing, cycling, and learning activities. There is also a reading room featuring a fireplace. 

Visit Viveiro In The Heart Of The Rias Altas   by Scott James

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Galicia in particular and Northern Spain in general have long been considered to be a hidden jewel in the entire Spanish tourist industry and hidden away within Galicia itself are some further jewels and we are going to examine Viveiro further.

If you look at all of the autonomous regions that make up modern day Spain, Galicia has to be the most remote and hidden away within that remoteness lies Viveiro.

Historically, always classed as the poorer cousin to some of the other richer regions Galicia had an economy that did not easily lend itself to modernisation and herein lies a paradox in that it is this very reluctance to embrace modernity throughout that gives the region much of its appeal as far as tourism is concerned.

The natives of Galicia if you trace them back far enough have origins very similar to their Celtic cousins in the north and are justifiably proud of their language and culture and these connections no matter how stretched or tenuous give them their sense of regionalism and uniqueness.

Galicia always seemed to be a very closed and inward looking area being fiercely resistant to any formal external invasion and in many ways this degree of isolation was very much driven by the geographical location of the region.

Slowly but surely in the 20th century, Galicia began to develop and today traditional lifestyles rub shoulders with modernity throughout the region whilst at the same time the region has lost none of its more traditional culture and within the tourism economy this is starting to show real benefits.

Viveiro can be found on the northern coast of Galicia and Northern Spain, almost mid way between Ribadeo and the naval port (and birthplace of Francisco Franco y Bahamonde better known as General Franco) of Ferrol.

It is on the part of the northern coast of Galicia known as the Rias Altas which is not as overdeveloped as the more developed and possibly better known western shores of Galicia, the Rias Baixas.

The Rias are slightly gentler and softer forms of coastal landscapes than the Norwegian Fjords but the principle is almost the same? The inlets of the Rias Altas are deep and make the almost perfect natural harbour and again almost the perfect (if not extremely chilly at times as you have to remember that this is the North Atlantic Ocean out here) points for swimming.

All of the stops on this stretch of beautiful coast, Viveiro is perhaps the best and most interesting. Viveiro is a curious place, right at the tail of the particular Ria, it is not uncommon to see small boats getting marooned on the mud flats at low tide. Viveiro is a busy place in the summer and it is not untypical to see a constant stream of tourists and holiday makers passing through.

In winter however it is a different story and has been described as a strangely lifeless. However, as they say I guess it is all down to what "floats your boat" with regards to what attracts you what makes you Tick in that sometimes there is a degree of attractiveness about being able to go somewhere that is the extremely quiet and unspoiled.

After the tourist season, Viveiro can be that place. The time of the year that perhaps Viveiro is best known is Easter. Viveiro has an Easter Festival which is quite a serious event that culminates with a candlelit procession throughout the town enacting the "Stations of the Cross".

If you happen to be in Viveiro at this time of year then this festival and possession can be quite a moving event.


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About the Author - Scott James writes about a great many Internet Travel based issues and more on the above can be found at Accommodation in Galicia. For a more complete overlook at Tourism in Galicia try

Latest update: September 27, 2012