Distance Today: 17.2 km
Total Distance from Oviedo: 239.4 km.
Elevation Gain: 433 metres
Weather: Overcast; cool
Highlight: Roman Walls
We have walked through only small villages and rural areas on the Camino Primitivo so arriving at the city of Lugo today came as a shock. The last city we were in was Oviedo two weeks ago.
I hadn’t listened to music at all on this Camino but it was a welcome distraction while walking along the busy highway leading to Lugo. During the operatic section of Bohemian Rhapsody I felt the urge to use my hiking pole as a conductor’s baton – as if Queen ever needed a conductor! Then I was so focused on Radio Ga Ga that I missed a turn. Dave said I must have been somewhere else. I was!
We are staying just outside the Roman walls at the Pension San Roque for 30 Euros. The price is good and so is the location – close to the Camino and to the entrance of the old city. The only problem at first was the lack of fresh air in our room because the windows opened into an enclosed air shaft. Thankfully we were able to move to a different room with outside windows.
Lugo is famous for its Roman walls which are 2 km long, 8.5 metres high and has 85 rounded towers. They are the world’s largest surviving Roman walls and were declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
Other than the walls, Lugo’s most impressive sight is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which was constructed starting in 1129.
Just 99,583 km to go! 😀
They use a comma where we would use a period. Lugo is about 100 kilometres from Santiago on the Camino Primitivo just as Sarria is a similar distance from Santiago on the Camino Frances. The .583 is a fraction of 1 kilometre.