With its picturesque ports and markets, pretty beaches and historic landmarks, this city in northwest Spain is sure to please.
Vigo is located in Galicia, along the Atlantic Ocean. Visit this major Spanish fishing port and taste some of the country’s best and freshest seafood. Discover its impressive historic landmarks, interesting museums and lovely coastline.
The ancient Romans who once inhabited Vigo called it Vicus. See the archaeological remains of the famous Villa Romana de Toralla. This Roman villa was discovered on a farm in the town of Corujo in the 1920s. It is fully excavated and open to visitors.
Wander in the picturesque Porta do Sol, the Casco Vello (historic center) of Vigo. This charming old part of the town has narrow streets and traditional buildings. Enjoy coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés at the beautiful Plaza de la Constitución, the largest of the four squares in the area. Head east from Casco Vello to find another square, the Plaza Princesa and its beautiful fountain. Shop along one of the city’s busiest streets, Rúa do Príncipe.
While you are downtown stop at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo to see lovely pieces of contemporary art and visit Monte del Castro, one of the city’s biggest parks. Take photos of the stunning cathedral Concatedral de Santa María de Vigo, also known as Colegiata de Santa María. To the north of the church, find the Rúa de Pescadería (Fish Street) in the historic neighborhood of La Piedra. Along this typical street, you’ll meet Vigo’s famous ostreiras (women selling fresh oysters). Taste more fresh seafood at O Berbés, a seaside neighborhood located southwest of the Casco Vello with many seafront restaurants.
After a morning of sightseeing and shopping, head southwest of Vigo’s city center to find many beaches to relax and swim. Enjoy Praia de Samíl, one of the area’s most popular beaches. It has picnic zones, cafés, a public swimming pool and public restrooms. Dive in or splash around and then explore the area with a walk along the picturesque seaside path Avenida Samíl.