Lugo in Spain is hosting this fabulously authentic Roman revival festival in June, Arde Lucus.
Lugo provides an unforgettable setting, and this festival is a must-see for history lovers and fans of pageantry.
About the Arde Lucus festival
Intact Roman walls surround Lugo, 10 to 15 metres high and built in the 3rd to 4th centuries.
It’s the finest example of its kind in Western Europe. In 2000 it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
To celebrate this fact, the locals held an event, which has grown in popularity, with almost 1 million visitors joining the local population for the annual festivities.
Rich in history, Lugo has been home to the Celts, a centre for pilgrimages in the Middle Ages and a fortified Roman town.
So don your toga or gladiator gear and join the three days of Roman-times fun and festivities.
During Arde Lucus, you can enjoy banquets, burnings, artisan markets, Celtic weddings, Roman circuses, contests, games, battles, music, dance, parades, military camps, and so much more.
How to get there
Lugo is off the beaten track.
It’s 431 kilometres northwest of Madrid.
The closest airport is Santiago de Compostela Airport, about two hours away by bus.
Lugo is easy to navigate on foot, so travelling to the city by train or bus is ideal.
Services run from major Spanish cities.
More about Lugo
You’ll find Lugo in the northwest of Spain nestled between mountains and coast.
Its defining factor is that it’s the only city in the world to be surrounded by intact Roman walls.
Nearby you’ll find the historic pilgrimage route, Santiago de Compostela.