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Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. A truly amazing city, that offers a warm welcome along with beautiful surroundings. Which together with its water reforms, amazing landscapes and friendly atmosphere will give even the seasoned traveller a truly unique experience to take home. Travelling in Vigo is just like exploring heaven with your own eyes. With its strategic location in Galicia, Vigo provides the ideal setting for relaxation, pampering and enjoying the picturesque views of Ria de Vigo.

Top 10 Vigo Landmarks

Islas Cíes ( Wikipedia )

Las Islas Cies (The Cies Islands), are a cluster of islands situated just off the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain. These islands were declared a nature reserve in 1980 as well being added to the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park in 2002. The islands consist of a nudist beach and famous camping area, but the tourists have to get permission from the Vigo port authority if they are interested in camping, sailing, anchoring or skin diving in the Cies Islands.

Playa Samil Beach ( Wikipedia )

La Playa de Samil is Vigo's largest beach and is the location of the mouth of the Lagares River. The Cies Islands provide an exquisite backdrop against the white sand of the beach. The 1700 metres long beach is well connected to the urban public transport network with special privileges for the physically disabled and elderly. It offers leisure facilities such as public swimming pools, garden areas, basketball courts, tennis and paddle courts as well as a skating rink and terraces. Other services include catering premises, clubs and cafés.

Berbés Quarter ( Visit Site )

The Berbés Quarter came into existence as a small fishing village near the sea, but with time, it spread more in the direction of the mountain. At present, it stands like the vestiges of a fishing quarter with narrow-fronted houses and arcades where a long time ago fish were sold. However, a number of taverns and the Stone market have been restored to their original state so that these places can offer tasty seafood to the visitors.

Porta do Sol

The Porta do Sol is a shopping centre cum historical quarter and the site of many cultural centres, modern museums and arts foundations in Vigo. In 1896, the construction of the Elduayen Street, which lies between the Porta do Sol and the Paseo de Alfonso XII led to the destruction of several parts. This resulted to the reconstruction of middle-class buildings and the division of the old walled town into two parts. The Porta do Sol includes a cast-iron figure on the top of two columns, which resembles an imaginary figure, a hybrid of fish and man looking out to sea. Called El Sireno (The Merman), it is one of the modern symbols of Vigo.

  

Museo del Mar de Galicia - Galicia Marine Museum ( Visit Site )

The Museo del Mar de Galicia is a modern museum extending into vast outdoor areas, surrounded by a wall and the Atlantic Ocean. The museum offers a vision of both past and present fishing as well as highlighting marine life of Galicia with a number of demonstrations. The Galicia Marine Museum sheds light on the surrounding marine ecosystems and their biodiversity, which helps understand the importance of the sea to the local community. It also consists of a small lighthouse where you find an incredible view of the Ria of Vigo.

Castro fortress ( Wikipedia )

In 1665, the Castro Fortress was constructed to protect the city from continuous attacks by the British Navy. During that time, the Castro, the San Sebastian Fortress and the city wall were all the defences the city had but unfortunately they didn't prove very effective as they couldn't stop hostile interventions. At present, the fortress has become a famous tourist attraction because of the beautiful gardens, open spaces and superb views it offers.

Santa María Collegiate Church (The Church of Santa María) ( Visit Site )

The Santa María collegiate church is the city's most popular church situated in Vigo's old town. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it is dedicated to the image of Cristo de la Victoria (the Christ of Victory). The present construction of the church started in the 19th century when it was demolished and rebuilt on the location of the original place of worship. The cornerstone was set in 1816, and the works were not completed until 1836. The church has three barrel vaulted naves, wherein the outside naves are narrow while the central one is wide. These naves are separated by the twelve Doric columns, offering a great view.

  

Verbum - Casa das Palabras ( Visit Site )

The Verbum, Casa das Palabras is designed by Cesar Portela, a Galician architect. It is an interactive museum situated opposite the sea by Samil beach. The museum is divided into four floors - semi basement, ground floor, first floor and terrace. All floors are unified by a light box, which relates to each other uniformly. Also, the stairs and lifts of museum are kept in the light box structure. The museum is thematically based on four general subjects such as languages, sciences, literature and technology.

Parque del Castro

The Parque del Castro is an inner city park situated in the centre of Vigo. The park consists of a large stone cross, a monument and the ruins of a pre-Roman settlement. Because of its position on a hilltop, the park offers a spectacular view of the surrounding city. Many visitors get attracted to its sandy paths, palm trees, mossy embankments and stone benches. It has a small section, which comprises the remains of a great fort known as the San Sebastian. The park is an ideal destination for those interested in spending a few moments away from the busy life and traffic of the city.

Calle de las Ostras

Officially called Pescadería Street, the famous Calle de las Ostras or Oyster Street is a narrow pedestrianized street, a few minutes' walk from Vigo port. The area here is filled with restaurants who serve the superb and sweet tasting local Vigo estuary oysters along with a chilled glass of Rías Baixas (DO) white wine.

Top 5 Bars

  

La Iguana Club ( Visit Site )

The La Iguana Club is a focal point for those interested in fun, party and entertainment. It is an eye candy, where you get full entertainment by several bands of different genres. The club has an amazing atmosphere with a special experience of lively nightlife. Go there for lots of cocktails, wines and beers.

  

Tzameti Vigo

The Tzameti Vigo is a well-known place for superb nightlife crowded with young and dynamic people. It is a perfect spot for those in quest of parties, celebrations, get-together and reunions. This place has magnificent interiors and spacious areas where you can enjoy a wonderful night with a range of beers, dance and music.

El Monstruo de un Solo Ojo

The El Monstruo de un Solo Ojo is famous for its one-eyed monster cartoons occupying the interiors of the walls. It is one of the perfect places to hangout because of ongoing summer concerts and promotional parties. The club hosts music of Indies and other bands. Enjoy beers, cocktails and drinks in the vibrant atmosphere of the Ojo.

  

20th Century Rock ( Visit Page )

The 20th Century Rock is a wonderful American bar with mind-boggling interiors. The bar has a structure of an old tram and a car where you can sit and enjoy. The disciplined staff offers a warm welcome to visitors. This place is a stopover for navy ships. For a complete night out, you must visit this place on Fridays and Saturdays.

Detras Do Marco ( Visit Page )

The Detras Do Marco is a bit different from a usual bar. It is an art bar whose walls and interiors are dedicated to works of art. It is an ideal place for those interested in get-together and reunions. Also, the bar organises photographic exhibitions, creative workshops and animation shows and offers a dynamic atmosphere where you can learn plenty of things.

Top 10 Activities

Hiking ( Visit Site )

With a hiking tour in Vigo, you have many possibilities to explore numerous sites, forest parks, river paths and attractions. Depending on your choice and the level of difficulty, decide a route that is suitable for you. Just carry a pair of shoes and extra pairs of socks. Discover untouched parts and beautiful surroundings of the city. Take a guided tour available in Spanish, Galician and English languages. Enjoy in large groups consisting of 10 - 50 people. In addition, avail special discounts for children.

Bird -Watching

Vigo, the foremost city in Galicia, is a heaven for bird watchers and a perfect place for those interested in exploring nature's beauties. Bird watching can be done in all seasons throughout the year, but autumn and spring are good times to spot migratory birds. Everybody can enjoy bird watching, whether travelling with family, friends, couples or groups. This type of activity is offered in Spanish, Galician and English.

  

Vigo Zoo ( Visit Site )

The Vigo Zoo established in 1970, is located at 340 meters above the sea level as well as extends to an area of 55.676 m2. Spending a day with wild animals is a great idea for those interested in wildlife. It is home to a variety of animals such as tigers, lions, amphibians and reptiles. According to the statistics, the zoo cares for 400 animals and 150 species.

  

Buceo Ciesub ( Visit Site )

The Buceo Ciesub is a famous destination for those interested in underwater diving. It is also known as the Ciesub, whose centre is located in the seaside neighbourhood of Bouzas, just 15 meters from the sea. The centre is also popular for offering PADI courses as well you can also purchase a range of squab diving kit from the shop.

Vigo Beaches

The beaches of Vigo are one of Galicia's biggest tourist attractions. Unlike other urban beaches, Vigo's blue flag beaches are clean, attractive and suited to everybody's liking. Samil beach is the famous of them all, but others like O Adro, O Vao, Toralla and O Baluarte are equally fascinating. You can walk miles and miles over the crystal sand, sunbathe nude (restricted beaches) or indulge in sports activities like fishing or diving. A gastronomic walking tour along the beaches will leave you pleasantly surprised with Vigo's specialities - mussels, shrimps, oysters and the famous caramuxos.

Segmovi (Segway) ( Visit Site ) ( Visit Page )

Enjoy the Segway tour in Vigo, offered at designated places in the city. It is a fulfilled excursion where you have lots of fun and adventure. Enjoy visiting different places in the city along recreational-level tourist routes. This kind of vehicle is a unique mode of transportation accompanied by a monitor and a trendy handle. Rejuvenate memories of youthful life with a Segway ride in Vigo.

Skiing

Skiing is a fun loving activity in Vigo. It is much thrilling activity for those interested in adventure sports. If you are a die-hard skier, then you get your ski equipment on rent. With your ski gear, explore several ice-capped mountainous regions close to Vigo, including Serra da Estrela, Cantaro Magro and Pena Ubina.

Golfing ( Visit Site )

Deliver another striking masterstroke at notable golf courses such as Real Aero Club de Vigo, Golf Balneario de Mondariz and Club de Golf Ría de Vigo. Enjoy your life at its fullest and spend a day like a professional golfer.

Walking Tour ( Visit Site )

The GR 53 is a panoramic path that runs through the mountains and hills surrounding the Val do Fragoso (400m approx.), from east to west on the left bank of the Vigo estuary. With a walking tour, you have lots of opportunities to discover spots of historic interest such as country houses, hill-forts, defensive walls, etc. The path winding through different municipalities of Baiona, Nigrán and Vigo, offer some great panoramic views of the beaches, mountains, forests and cultural wealth of the area.

  

Sailing ( Visit Site )

The Rias Baixas offer excellent opportunities to indulge in water sports, especially sailing. The Real Club Nautico de Vigo (RCNV) and Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas (LMB) are actively involved in promoting nautical sports through sailing events and competitions. To encourage sailing and recreational fishing, the LMB organises two yearly regattas: Regata Vila de Bouzas and a Regata de Solitarios y a Dos. Alternatively, to keep up the enthusiasm amongst tourists interested in sailing, the RCNV also puts together an annual sailboat competition called Regata Rías Baixas.

Top Vigo FAQs

Q.1) Where is Vigo located?

Ans: Vigo is located at the Ria of the Vigo on the Atlantic Ocean. It incorporates the 14th largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Q.2) What is the population of Vigo?

Ans: The population of Vigo is 297,332 as estimated on 2009 with a density of 2,725.3/km2.

Q.3) What is the time zone of Vigo?

Ans: Vigo follows CET (UTC+1) while in summer (DTS) time zone is CEST (UTC+2).

Q.4) How much is the area of Vigo?

Ans: The total area of Vigo is 109.1 km2.

Q.5) What is the postal code and area code of Vigo?

Ans: The postal code and area codes of Vigo are 36201-36216 and +34 986 respectively.

Q.6) What are the languages spoken in Vigo?

Ans: As per 2008 data 7% of the population speak Galician, 43% speak Spanish.

Q.7) How is the climate in Vigo?

Ans: Vigo enjoys oceanic climate where summer is warmer (and drier), but winter tends to be milder. The average annual temperature in Vigo is 15°C.

Q.8) What are the main sights to watch in Vigo?

Ans: The main sights to watch in Vigo include the Casco Vello (historic centre), the Porta do Sol, the Policarpo Sanz, the Alameda area (modern centre), the Príncipe and Urzaiz Streets (commercial area), the Celtic Castro ruins and the Castro fortress.

Q.9) What are the name of famous newspapers of Vigo?

Ans: The Faro de Vigo is the oldest newspaper in Spain, which is still in circulation and another is the Atlántico Diario.

Q.10) What is the currency of Vigo?

Ans: The currency of Vigo is EURO.

Q.11) What is the Latin word of Vigo?

Ans: The name Vigo has been derived from Latin word 'vicus'.

Q.12) What are the important phrases used in Vigo?

Ans: Important phrases used in Vigo

  • YES: si.
  • NO: no.
  • HELLO: hola.
  • GOOD BYE: adios.
  • GOOD MORNING: buenos días.
  • GOOD AFTERNOON: buenas tardes.
  • GOOD NIGHT: buenas noches.
  • PLEASE: por favor.
  • SORRY: lo siento.
  • THANK YOU: gracias.
  • DOCTOR: médico.
  • PHARMACY: farmacia.

Q.13) What are the common words used in Vigo?

Ans: The common words in Vigo

  • BIG/SMALL: grande/pequeño.
  • HOT/COLD: caliente/frío.
  • OPEN/CLOSED: abierto/cerrado.
  • GOOD/BAD: bueno/malo.
  • NEW/OLD: nuevo/viejo.
  • PUSH/PULL: empujar/tirar.
  • ENTRANCE/EXIT: entrada/salida.
  • LADIES/GENTLEMEN: señoras/señores.
  • FAR/NEAR: lejos/cerca.
  • LEFT/RIGHT: izquierda/derecha.
  • TAXI: taxi.
  • BUS: autobús.
  • BREAKFAST: desayuno.
  • LUNCH: comida.
  • DINNER: cena.
  • MENU: menú.
  • WINES: vinos.
  • DESSERT: postre.
  • THE BILL: la cuenta.

Q.14) What are emergency numbers in Vigo?

Ans: Emergency Numbers:

  • Police: 092
  • Ambulance: 061
  • Fire Brigade: 080 / 986 433 333
  • Tourist health care services coordinating centre: 112/S.O.S. Galicia 900 444 222

Q.15) Which religion is mainly followed in Vigo?

Ans: Like other Galicia cities, Vigo also follows mainly Catholic religion.

Q.16) What is the electric current voltage in Vigo?

Ans: The electric current in Vigo is 220V, 50 Hz.

Q.17) What are the visa requirements in Vigo?

Ans: For Vigo visa requirements, you can visit visa requirements page. This will provide detailed information that you might be looking for.

Getting Around in Vigo

Vigo stays in a visual percept because of its outstanding beaches, waterfronts and landscapes. The city is famous for beautiful gardens, parks, beaches and historical sites. Travelling in Vigo is easy if you have detailed information about the different modes of transportation. The city has a well-maintained public transport network, which includes taxis, local buses and passenger boats. Many tourists also like to walk around the city. The city is served by Vigo-Peinador Airport where flights to London, Paris and Brussels are often available for the passengers. Most of the tourists also like to travel by a ferry, which operates between the Port of Vigo and the Cíes Islands, part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. The city is walking on the path of progress with a huge reformation in the modes of transportation, especially after the establishment of the AVE train station.

Bus System

Because of ongoing development, Vigo is stepping forward on the path of progress. It provides well-resourced means of the public transport service operated by the Vitrasa (Viguesa de Tranportes S.A.) since 1968. Bus system incorporates over 40 different bus routes that link to different locations right through the city. The company includes a fleet of 116 buses that connect to neighbourhoods and other municipality parishes. Special rebates are offered to travellers, but bus system runs from six in the morning until eleven in the evening. It has limited hours of working on weekends and holidays. The Green Card has an e-payment option which is inexpensive too. However, this kind of facility is provided to pensioners, school and university students.

Taxis

Taxi is a great alternative for those who don't want to travel by buses. One big advantage of taxi is that you have your own privacy. Exploring different sites, places and spots by taxis offer a unique experience where you are free to move anywhere in the city. There are three main Vigo taxi companies, which offer telephone service as well as you can hire one at the taxi stand. Some taxi stands are 72 Avenida Balaídos, 1 Castrelos, 25 Gran Vía, 106 Torrecedeira, Grove, 5 Praza Suárez Llanos and Urzaiz.

Rail

Travelling by trains is entirely a unique experience, where you have ample options to cover distance places in less time. Vigo-Guixar railway station, a new railway station in Vigo, is ready to handle millions of passengers. Vigo is connected by rail routes to different neighbouring cities.

Car Rental

Rent a car in Vigo to explore the city as per your convenience. Contact a car hire company that can offer you a different range of cars. Depending on your requirements, you can either hire a luxurious car or prefer to select a spacious one, which can accommodate everybody on a trip. Go anywhere such as beaches, churches and drive near the coastline. Experience the city in entirely new ways. Carry your international license, a map and guide, wherever you go. Get familiar with the city traffic rules and streets if you are interested in driving a car in the city.

Communication in Vigo

Vigo is the progressive city of Galicia, Spain. It is growing at a fast pace, which is depicted by the ongoing development. The city is well advanced in the area of transmission with up-to-date communication modes such as radio, telephone, internet, newspapers, magazines and postal services. You can easily use payphones that require phone cards. Some streets have phone centres where you can call by paying cash. These places also have well-equipped fax machines where you can send and receive faxes. Use internet to go online and contact your dear ones. The local newspaper of Vigo is Faro de Vigo, doyen of the Spanish. Other national newspapers include ABC, Diario 16, El Mundo, El País, Estrella Digital, La Razón and La Vanguardia. Some famous magazines include Época, Semana, Interviú, Primera Línea and Tiempo de Hoy. The local television channel in Vigo is the 'telivigo'. Radio stations include RNE, Cadena SER, Cadena 100, Radio Clásica, Cadena COPE, Onda Cero, 40 Principales.