Little is known for many travellers around the world about the North West of Spain apart from the Saint Jacques pilgrimage router, which we recommend everybody to do. But in this article post we are going to discover the province of Lugo, in North West Spain, rural places to explore and things to do in it.  Lugo is a province located in the autonomous community of Galicia. It has around 355.000 inhabitants in total and it is famous due to is landscapes, rural life and good food. Lugo is also the capital city of the Autonomous Community with around 100.00 inhabitants.





Lugo borders in the north with the Cantabric Sea and to the south with the province of Ourense. To the west there are two mountain chains called Serra do O Courel and Serra dos Ancares. Both of them are quite impressive and have high and beautiful mountains. We can also find more to the North of the province the Serra de Meira. The coast of the province of Lugo is characterized by small, charming towns facing the sea. Some of the most popular are Ribadeo and Viviero. These coastal towns are very popular in summertime, where people go there to expend their holidays. The coast of Lugo is around 60km long where there are many estuaries. In the case of Lugo, the leisure offer is diverse, and it combines a tandem between beach and mountains where there are unique natural landscapes. Nonetheless to mention that throughout the province you can enjoy many restaurants that will offer you first class products.




Lugo is quite accessible by plane. There are four airports that are relatively nearby. The nearest of them is the airport of Lavacolla in the city of A Coruña  (157km from Lugo city). The second nearest airport is the airport of Santiago de Compostela (174km from Lugo city). Vigo also has an airport, and it is around 227 km far from Lugo City. Another near airport is the airport of Asturias, which is located near Oviedo and is the main airport of the Autonomous Community of Asturias, and it is 207 km far away from Lugo city. If you arrive to Madrid by plane, you can get a connection plane to A Coruña. This plane takes around 60 minutes from Madrid to A Coruña and it is one of the fastest services to arrive to Lugo.

Bus and train

The best connections to Lugo are done by bus from Madrid. You can get regular buses services from Madrid to Lugo with the bus company Alsa. They have an everyday service from the Airport of Barajas and a service from Madrid Bus Station. The trip takes around 6 or 7 hours by bus to Lugo city. This bus service is quite popular since many people uses these regular services. Unfortunately, there is only one train per day that offers a connection to Madrid form Lugo. This train usually has a departure in the morning and arrives to Lugo around 5 hours later on. The train prices are slightly higher than the bus. A regular bus return ticket from Madrid to Lugo can cost around 80 euros fixed price. The train can get around 100 euros a return ticket from Madrid to Lugo.  Just to say that the bus strip is usually smooth and quite comfortable. Also the train used for this route has some high speed areas where the train can get from 200 to 300 km per hour.



In the municipality of O Vicedo in Lugo we find the tip of Fuciño do Porco, which means "pig's snout." It is a rock formation geographically called Punta Socastro. O Vicedo, in A Mariña Lucense is in the western coast of the province of Lugo, and.the intense green and red tones of the treetops blend with the brown and yellow colors of the bushes, ferns and gorse .It just looks spectacular and you will feel as if you are in a movie trail. This route is popular in summer and many people gets there on holidays to do this route.

It is a route to the end of the rock formation through an impressive wooden walkway in the form of a zigzag. On its way you can appreciate the immensity of the Cantabrian Sea and views on both sides of the path of unparalleled beauty.

At the end of the tour we will have a viewpoint over Punta Socastro where we can observe the Ria de Viveiro and other places in O Vicedo through a wooden walkway.

Practical information:

Distance: 3.7 kilometers round trip

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Signposting: Well signposted

Reservation: During the months of July and August, a reservation is necessary for the visit through this website.

To get to the this route first you need to get through  wooden walkway of around 3 km long. In some part of the route you will find signpots, and although it is marked with small signs, we should remark that it is always that the route is always the one on the left. More than anything because sometimes the poster was on the ground and the same thing ends up being lost.



On the list of the most charming towns in Lugo there is always a place for Ribadeo, a beautiful town with a maritime spirit that combines a fascinating natural environment, with history, culture and the best of Galician gastronomy, to delight the tourists that visit this land. 

Why visit Ribadeo?

Port of Ribadeo

Capital of the Eastern Mariña, the town of Ribadeo is located in the extreme northeast of Galicia, bordering with the Principality of Asturias. It is located on a privileged enclave that boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire province of Lugo, with interesting hiking routes for lovers of outdoor sports and you can also enjoy the beautiful beaches of Lugo where you can  rest and admire the sunsets and even practise a bit of surf. 

But this fishing village has more than just nature, it also includes an interesting historical heritage. From there, its old town stands out, located at the top of the town, which is also a place of passage towards Compostela, since the pilgrims who travel the Camino de Santiago del Norte start their Galician itinerary there.



But the most iconic place to vist in Lugo is in the coast of Ribadeo, and it is the Aguas Santas beach, better known as Playa de las Catedrales. This one of the most visited tourist destinations in Galicia. Precisely for this reason, it is necessary to buy a ticket to be able to access this sandy area during Holy Week and the months of July, August and September, in which the Xunta de Galicia has established visitor limits for the most famous beach of Mariña Lucence in order to make it less crowded.

Arches of the Cathedrals Beach
The limitation of people is only for the sandy area, if you only want to see this natural monument from the trails or the viewpoints it will not be necessary to reserve a ticket. But since we know that most of you want to go down to the beach and see this wonder up close, there is also the option of visiting the Playa de las Catedrales for free and walk around it s route. The place has become one of the tourist landmarks in North Spain and many visitors go ever year there to visit its famous arches by the sea and its particular beach. But remember that only it is possible to visit it when thre is low tide.




Maybe you are wondering what exactly a  rural house is. A rural hotel is an establishment with the same characteristics as a hotel but located in a rural environment, generally in small towns and surrounded by natural spaces. Rural hotels are common in Spain and they are known for preserving the local architecture of their villages or areas where they are located. In this case, in Lugo you will find that rural hotel houses are usually built on stone, since traditional rural houses in villages were built on stones.

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These are some of the places that you can enjoy in rural Lugo and some of the activities that you can enjoy here. If you love nature, you definitely should visit this part of Spain. It is calm, has pure air and nice building and houses.

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