Lugo

LugoThe fine old city of Lugo, the capital of the province of the same name, in Galicia, has long been a detour for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and boasts the best ancient walls in Spain, wonderful slate walls enclosing the old town, magnificently preserved from Roman times. A sight to be seen with 85 rounded towers and four gateways. Added to this is its amazing Cathedral, originally built in 1177, modelled on the cathedral of Santiago with the rare privilege of manifestado (always having the host on display). There are picturesque squares and streets with other important civil and religious buildings, but one of Lugo's other fames is food. The Galician's having a saying which literally means to eat, go to Lugo. It is great for traditional Galician food particularly pulpo - octupus and the tapas bars on Calle Cruz and Rúa Nova are full of atmosphere in the early evening. During the first fortnight in October Lugo celebrates the Festival of San Froilán which originally represented a period of preparation for the coming of winter. There are all sorts of culinary delights and street stalls selling traditional Galician products and bubbling copper cauldrons of octupus, combining an exceptional meeting point between the urban and rural worlds.