Norman, the owner of Casa Grande da Fervenza looks forward to welcome you to Lugo
The province of Lugo, situated in northern Spain, the region of Galicia, is home to strongly contrasting landscapes: It has both mountain areas and a coastline with wonderful beaches like the well-known Playa de Las Catedrales.
In the interior you’ll find important nature reserves such as the Terra do Miño Biosphere Reserve and part of the Río Eo, Osco y Terra de Burón and Ancares nature reserves. The province is also on the Way of Saint James, which passes several interesting monasteries and Romanesque churches on its route through the area.
The gastronomy of Lugo is particularly well-known for its shellfish, and for dishes such as octopus with pimentón (ground red pepper) and olive oil, and gammon with turnip greens.
Well worth a visit is also its capital – the town of Lugo – whose Roman wall has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.
How to Get There
Merge onto the A-6 motorway toward A Coruña until Lugo.
From the north/San Sebastian:
Merge onto AP-8 toward Bilbao. In Eibar take exit 69 and merge onto E-5/E-80/AP-1 toward Bergara/Vitoria/Gasteiz/Burgos. Follow signs for E-5 and A-1 Burgos/Madrid and then take exit 328 to merge onto E-5/E-80/AP-1 toward Burgos. After having passed Burgos continue on A-231 toward León. In León follow signs for A-66/León/Astorga, merge onto AP-71 to Astorga and from there onto A-6 toward A Coruña until Lugo.
From the south/Salamanca:
Merge onto A-66 toward Zamora and from there continue on the N-630 toward Benavente. After approx. 40 km follow signs A-66/León/Benavente/A-6/A Coruña and merge onto A-6 toward A Coruña until Lugo.
Lugo: Plan your journey by public transport
Lugo Train Station (Plaza Conde de Fontao) serves destinations in Galicia and the rest of Spain.
Lugo Bus Station (Praza Constitución) is just outside the old city walls, and serves Spanish and international destinations.
The airport is situated 10 km northeast from the center of Santiago de Compostela and serves both to Spanish and international destinations (such as London, Geneva, Istanbul, Milan…).
Lugo weather forecast
|Lugo, España||60°F overcast clouds|
Wind 9 mph, SSE
Pressure 759.06 mmHg
Places to go
Praia das Catedrais Beach
When the power of the sea unites with the patience of time the result is a work of ar: The praia das Catedrais beach in Spain is a natural monument with a supernatural dimension.
TO SEE: The Marina of Lugo is an inexhaustible source of natural wonders that coexist with spectacular historical heritage.
This stretch of the Galician coast, washed by the waters of the Cantabrian Sea, hides magical legends of mermaids and sailors among the whimsical shapes of its cliffs.
TO DO: There is nothing like walking among flying buttresses that are 30 metres high, entering sea caves with spired domes, discovering the unusual view of arches within arches. Or simply wandering along the sandy corridors surrounded by slate walls, like in an imposing and capricious central nave.
RECOMMEND: Wait for low tide, take off your shoes and start walking – you will feel in seventh heaven.
Lugo – World Heritage Site
Located on a hill on the banks of the river Miño, the city of Lugo preserves major remains of its Roman past, among them its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
TO SEE: Inside the Roman walls, the town of Lugo conserves quiet pedestrian streets, wide squares and spacious gardens, where buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace, and the City Hall stand out. But the historic quarter also houses some of the best restaurants in Galicia, where it is possible to sample the excellent fresh meats and fish which have earned Lugo’s gastronomy recognized acclaim.
TO DO: The narrow cobbled lanes of calle de la Cruz, Rúa Nova and adjacent streets form a genuine tapas route with stops in the many traditional bars and taverns which invite you in to enjoy the generous appetizers which accompany each drink. But this is only the start. “And to eat, Lugo”. So reads the famous motto of the city, whose historic quarter also houses some of the capital’s best restaurants.
RECOMMEND: Sample the best of Lugo’s gastronomy: red meats, lacón con grelos (pork with a typical local vegetable), tetilla cheeses and a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood. Any of these specialities can be accompanied by the excellent wines which are produced in the south of the province, protected by the Ribeira Sacra Designation of Origin standard.
Roman Wall of Lugo
The Roman wall of Lugo, declared a World Heritage Site, has managed to survive the passage of the centuries and continues to be the city’s most distinctive architectural feature.
TO SEE: With over 2000 years of history, the Roman Wall of Lugo surrounds the historic district of this Galician town which was founded, on behalf of the Emperor Augustus, in the year 13 BC, as Lucus Augusti.
The wall of Lugo is one of the best defense walls of the Roman period that is still preserved in Spain. This stone construction has managed to survive the passage of the centuries and the changes it has undergone during its more than 17 centuries of existence have failed to alter substantially its original appearance which follows the guidelines of the works by Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius.
This defensive wall which delimits the historic quarter of the town has survived, with a few reforms, the passage of the centuries until today. It encloses an area of around 34.4 hectares and the perimeter is approximately 2,120 metres. The width is some 4.20 metres and the height varies between 8 and 12 metres. It has 71 turrets (60 with a circular plan and 11 quadrangular ones) with two storey towers and 10 gateways.
UNESCO considers the Roman Walls of Lugo to be ‘a unique and exceptional example of Roman military fortifications’ and declared it a World Heritage Site.
TO DO: A good way of seeing the city is by standing atop this imposing construction and strolling along the more than 2,000 metres of its perimeter.
RECOMMEND: From the top you can see the historical monuments of the old town of Lugo and enjoy panoramic views of the landscape of Galicia.
Bosque da Fervenza woods
The woods of da Fervenza, Spain, form part of an ecosystem that extends along the whole bank of the River Miño and is protected as a Biosphere Reserve.
TO SEE: Casa Grande da Fervenza charming hotel is located amidst a centuries-old beautiful and indigenous wood that is regularly flooded by the Miño river: A Fervenza. Due to the water bird-watchers will find here herons, ducks, cormorants and otters.
At those times the more than 300-year-old oaks and monumental alders bathe in the currents, refreshing themselves, relieving the ravages of time. Lakes, ponds and tidal islands decorate this unique landscape that surrounds the hotel and won in 2007 the Spanish award of “Forest of the Year” (given by the NGO ‘Forests without Borders’ and the Spanish Ministry of Environment).
The woods of da Fervenza are located in the upper course of the River Miño in a Biosphere Reserve, are some of the most important flooded woods on the Iberian peninsula and well conserved.
TO DO: The A Fervenza woods are the ideal place to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing down the river …
Hiking in the Bosque da Fervenza woods
We propose two hiking trails through the Bosque da Fervenza woods in Lugo that can be done on foot or by bicycle.
Close to the mill that is next to Casa Grande da Fervenza and downstream, an old path leads you to the ancient forest of A Fervenza, flooded naturally every year by the Miño river.
Go deep into the woods and discover mysterious pools, ponds and lakes – which are unique in the region of Galicia – under impressive oak trees. Never mind the rain. Arm yourself with an umbrella and enjoy a warm and peaceful walk through one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Galicia.
The woods of A Fervenza are the ideal place to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, canoeing on the river…
In Casa Grande da Fervenza boutique hotel you’ll find a beautiful tour parallel to the river Miño where you’ll see herons, ducks, cormorants and otters. More difficult to spot are mammals like wild boar, roe deer, marten, genet or even the elusive wolf.
1. The hiking trail through the Bosque da Fervenza can be done on foot or by bicycle. Being easy of orientation and low in difficulty, this route is ideal for all ages, including families with children travel.
2. At the hotel starts another route – the ‘Camiño do Miño’ – which has a length of 32 km, is low in difficulty and runs along the banks of the Miño river and its islands. At km-point 15 the trail reaches the banks of the Miño river as it passes through the town of Lugo.
Distance/Time: Route 2: 32 km
O Reguengo – Lugo
On the Way of St. James: From Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Sarria
The route from Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Sarria on the so-called French Way of St. James is approximately 12 km long.
The twelve kilometres of this route run between the Os Ancares and O Courel ranges, with magnificent mountain landscapes, forming the highest stretch of road in Galicia. We pass through villages, now almost totally abandoned, such as Liñar do Real, today Liñares, Veiga de Forcas, the founding home of the Knights of the Order of Saint James, Hospital, a reminder of what was founded by the Countess Exilo, Fonfría, famous for a spring which sprouts on the edge of the Way, as well as a now disappeared inn, which offered the walker fire, salt, water and a bed with two blankets for free.
Crossing over the Poio pass, the landscape gradually becomes softer and prettier. The high tower of the church of church of Triacastela appears, marking the end of the eleventh stage, the shortest at 47 kilometres, but also the hardest since the Pyrenees. Three castles, three “castros” (ancient hill forts) or three paths towards Castile, there is no agreement regarding its etymology. The Way passed before the church, with a Romanesque apse, and crossed the town, where the portal of the old hostel is preserved. Triacastela was the first town to raise a monument in honour of the pilgrim.
The French Way did not pass through Samos, but many were the pilgrims who made the short four kilometre deviation to visit one of the oldest Galician monasteries, founded by San Martín Dumiense in the VI century. The present way does in fact pass through Samos, which gives us the opportunity, and with great enthusiasm, to visit this interesting Benedictine monastery and the humble pre-Romanesque chapel of the Ciprés. The new buildings date from the XVII and XVIII centuries, and the steps leading up to the facade served as a test for the Galician architect Fernando de Casas before the construction of those at the Obradoiro of Santiago.
Distance/Time: 12 kms
Pedrafita do Cebreiro – Santiago de Triacastela – Samos – Sarria
Os Ancares Route
Located in the east of the province of Lugo, the Os Ancares mountain range is one of the most beautiful places in Galicia.
Throughout the length and breadth of its more than 50,000 hectares, an infinite network of paths crosses deep valleys and rises up to 2,000-metre-high peaks. In winter this area is covered with snow. When spring comes, the water from the thaw flows down the peaks to the low areas, creating many streams and small waterfalls. The mountain attains full splendour until the end of summer. In autumn the plant covering takes on reddish hues.
In times past, the remote mountains of Os Ancares served as habitat for the last community of bears in Galicia. The implementation of a complex programme to recover the species has meant that the first specimens are beginning to be seen in this area. Other species we can find on our trip through the mountain range are boar, deer, rabbits, owls, foxes, wildcats and squirrels.
Distance/Time: Approx. 100 km
Becerreá – Torre de Doncos – Doiras – Piornedo – Murias – Sta Maria de Rao – Navia de Suarna – San Román de Cervantes
How to distinguish Islamic art:
• Due to the military buildings with defensive structure, such as the ‘alcazabas’, the citadels.
• Due to the towers of the palaces.
In the town center of Zafra you can see the remains of the Roman layout; remember that from the 11th century Zafra was an important Arabic center.
Hornachos, a village historically linked to Arab culture preserves a castle and other examples of that period. Nearby, you’ll find the castle of Alange, a good place to appreciate the nature of the area.
Badajoz was the most important political and military center of the Arab period in Extremadura. Don’t miss out on its Alcazaba, the Arab fortress. Together with the Archaeological Museum, this is the largest and best preserved example of Islamic architecture and art in Extremadura. Do not leave the city without seeing the popular Espantaperros (‘scaring dogs’) tower.
Although somewhat further away from Zafra, the towns of Caceres and Merida have fabulous Islamic remains too. Both deserve at least a day’s visit.
Zafra, Hornachos, Alange, Badajoz.