View from the Roman wall of Lugo and its Cathedral
View from the Roman wall of Lugo and its Cathedral
Flag of Lugo
Official seal of Lugo
Coat of arms of Lugo
Coat of arms
Lugo is located in Spain
Coordinates: 43°01′N 7°33′W / 43°01′N 7°33′W / 43.017; -7.550CEST (GMT +2)
Area code(s)+34-982
ISO 3166-2ES-LU

Lugo (/ LOO-goh, Galician: [ˈluɣʊ]; Latin: Lucus Augusti) 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 98,025 in 2018, making it the fourth most populous city in Galicia.[2]

Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 feet) along a 2,117-metre (6,946 ft) circuit ringed with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous round the circuit, and features ten gates. These 3rd century walls are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The bridge over the Minho is essentially of Roman date, though many repairs over the centuries have effaced its Roman character. It is along the Camino Primitivo path of the Camino de Santiago.


The population of the city in 2010 was 97,635 inhabitants, growing constantly since the first census in 1842, while the rest of the province is losing population dramatically. The population of the city in 2014 was 98,560 inhabitants (45.948 men and 52.612 women). From INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica)

In 2010 there were 5,373 foreigners living in the city, representing a 5.5% of the total population. The main nationalities are Colombians (18%), Moroccans (12%) and Brazilians (11%).[3]

By language, according to 2008 data, 47.37% of the population speaks always or mainly in Galician, 52.63% speaks always or mainly in Spanish.[4]