Home to Europe's largest fishing fleet, the northern Spanish city of Vigo is part industrial port and part cultured city. It holds the title of being Spain’s westernmost city and is famous for its beautiful beaches, exquisite seafood and charismatic Old Town – also known as ‘Casco Vello’ – which enchants with cobblestone streets, 19th-century architecture, neoclassical churches and charming plazas. Another star attraction here are the Cíes Islands – a stunning archipelago of three islands which are a part of the Atlantic Islands National Park.
The best introduction to Vigo is from atop Castro Park – a hilltop spot offering incredible panoramic views of the city and surrounding region. History buffs can also get their fill here, as the remnants of a castle dating all the way back to the 3rd century BCE can be visited en route. Other sites of interest include the Museo Quiñones de León – which is packed full of Galician art and artefacts and is housed in a former castle – and the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. For the best sunset views, hike up to the scenic little chapel at the Monte da Guía lookout.
Perhaps the biggest draw of Vigo lies offshore in the Cíes Islands – a breathtaking archipelago which was billed as the ‘Islands of the Gods’ by the Romans. A part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, these uninhabited islands offer empty, unspoilt beaches, plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Other spots which are just a stone’s throw from the city include Samil Beach – a 1,700-metre-long stretch of sand with a charming promenade – and the peaceful Parque de Castrelos.
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From $443 per night
|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.02|
|Average weekend price||$81 per night|
|Average weekday price||$87 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Love the buzz and atmosphere in this cheerful and lively town which is well-placed for visiting this part of Galicia. Great shops. We enjoyed visiting Samil beach and Cangas. Monte do Castro park offers top views and is unusual. Take good walking shoes and walk around to see what you want to see. There are lots of different areas to see. We were sorry to leave. We found Taberna a Pedra by accident and it was one of the best quality fish restaurants we have ever been to (despite the un-smiling waiters). Also we recommend El Castro for its croquetas and salad, great sea views and friendly staff. Avoid Garden which we found over-priced with miniscule portions; we went home disappointed and hungry!
Nice town. Unfortunately we stayed only one night. The main street of Vigo is under construction , which was a minus part. Also it was raining and we couldn’t walk for a good length around the city. The shopping is good! Sushi place Nikko is to avoid ( they don’t have a clue about sushi, but overpriced. Also don’t speak English)
Vigo it is unique for me in Spain, mainly because I called it the Spanish San Francisco, where I have been few times. I love Vigo! The bay, the sea, the town centre and the Casco Viejo are impressive. I would love to live in Vigo!! :-) Find me a job and I will move in!!
Lovely city with good shopping areas including centres and excellent restaurants for all budgets. The hotel recommended some restaurants to us and they were all worth visiting.. Tapas Areal is a vibrant tapas bar with good wines and value for money food, and O Reí Pescador is a fine dining fish and seafood restaurant where we dined outside for Sunday lunch serving excellent local produce. Vigo may not be suitable for visitors with mobility issues as it is very hilly.
Vigo is a city where you have almost everything. Lots of nice restaurants with good food, especially seafood. Vigo isn't to big to walk trough, if you like walking, otherwise you can take a bus as these can get you almost everywhere. All of Vigo felt safe, during the day but also during the night. Vigo has some parks and nature in it but if you want nature you can hire a car ans look around the city and find beautiful nature. The beach is great to spend a couple of days, you can swim, lay in the sun and enjoy the beach.
Vigo is a nice city, but I think it is not well prepared for turists. It was quite difficult to find an information office or shops with souvenirs. But I was there in February on business, I understand that this is not a high season for the attractions there. The city is nicely located and really is sometimes olmost "vertical". Many streets have quite a steep slope, which you must get used to. Also, at least some survival Spanish is quite necessary. There are many nice places where you can eat very well.
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