Boasting a rich Roman and maritime history, Vigo is a picturesque port city in Galicia. It’s renowned as the “lobster capital” of A Guarda and lies a stone’s throw from the spectacular landscapes of Galicia National Park and the Portuguese border.
Things to do in Vigo
Wander the narrow, winding streets of Casco Vello, set around four historic plazas. Dine at one of the alfresco cafes in Plaza Constitución, admire the neoclassical architecture of the Santa Maria Collegiate Church and shop for local delicacies in the artisan providores.
Perched above Casco Vello is the 17th-century Castro Fortress, which offers sweeping views of Vigo Bay and the Cíes Islands. Follow the walking trail through its landscaped gardens and admire the Las Anclas fountain while discovering the legends and legacy of the Battle of Vigo.
Wake early to visit the seaside neighbourhood of O Berbés, which is packed with fish markets selling the morning’s catch. Feast on local specialties, such as mussels, oysters and bass in one of the waterfront restaurants that offer beautiful views of Vigo Bay.
Want to visit some of Spain’s best beaches? Take a day trip to explore the magnificent landscapes of the Cíes Islands protected within Galicia National Park. Go hiking along the dramatic coastline past sheer cliffs and white sandy beaches that are among the most beautiful in the country.
Getting around Vigo
Vigo-Peinador International Airport is 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Vigo is best explored on foot, with direct trains to Porto, Madrid and Bilbao, as well as daily boats to the Cíes Islands.