Vigo's coastal & mountainous geography & climate provides ample opportunities for various outdoor activities. Its unique, natural habitat makes it ideal for hikers who wish to take either a leisurely walk or challenging hike up the mountains. Even the forest parks surrounding Vigo are lined with trails for hiking and biking. The incomparable beauty of the Vigo Estuary can be experienced only from the highest points of the mountains. During the fishing season, rivers, streams, fountains and reservoirs have plentiful supply of fishing opportunities. Not to mention, Vigo's beaches, which are regarded as some of the best in Galicia. Sunbathe, engage in water sports, windsurf, kite surf or enjoy a family picnic; immerse yourself in Vigo's uncrowded beaches. With so much to do in so little time, it is advised to plan your trip well in advance and do not miss out any activity or attraction.
The Atlantic Islands National Park (Parque Nacional Illas Atlánticas) is a chain of islands with exceptionally rich marine life and therefore, protected for conservation purposes. This unbelievable marine-terrestrial park mainly comprises of the Cíes archipelago, a collection of three islands: Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martiño. The white crystalline sands, stunning aquatic life, and excellent diving opportunities make the Cíes islands a unique beach paradise. It is also a great place to go in search for some quiet time away from the hustle of Vigo city. Enjoy a day hiking or biking with your family, take a boat trip, rent a yacht, go camping or simply enjoy the impressive hues of nature.Photo Credit: Creative Commons/ Drow male
The beaches of Vigo are Galicia's biggest tourist attraction. Nine out of ten beaches in Vigo are awarded the blue flag, meaning they are safe, attractive, and supported by all the amenities and services. In Vigo, there is a beach for everyone's liking. If you are travelling with your family, a visit to Samil Beach is a must. It is equipped with all the necessary facilities like a swimming pool, cafes and lifeguards. There are also additional facilities available such as basket ball courts. You can also take a leisurely walk over the fine sand from Samil to Bouzas or Lagares River just to watch the amazing sunset over the Cies Islands.
There are plenty of other beautiful beaches as well such as the Rodas beach in the Cíes Islands, which is said to be the best beach in the world. The Vigo area is also famous for its discreet beaches where you can sunbathe nude.
If you are interested in water sports, the beaches propose excellent opportunities to indulge in sport fishing or diving. The Vigo Estuary is especially known for its rich seabed, shipwrecks and the colourful flora and fauna.List of Beaches
Vigo is the perfect destination to practice all kinds of sports including jogging, swimming, basketball and football. If you like the outdoors or desire urban training, Castrelos Park or the Ensanche area is an excellent choice. There is no other experience quite like skateboarding on O Castro Mountain or roller-skating on Samil beach. The sports centres and complexes in Vigo are ready to offer convenient day passes to Vigo tourists to access their facilities.
Vigo is the gateway to a great, new world of adventure sports, which involves thrilling, adrenaline pumping sporting challenges. Depending on how much you are willing to experiment, the range of activities vary from balloon rides, climbing the wall at Travesas Sports Hall, quad racing and paintballing to extreme rafting, canoeing and mountain climbing.
Club Parapente Rotor (Paragliding) ( Visit Site )
Address: Calle de López Mora, 74 36211 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Tel.: +34 610 403 040
Neo Ocio Paintball Centre
Address: C/ Caleira nº 4 Bajom 36210 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Tel.: +34 886 117 533, +34 622 147 159
Galicia's only zoo, Vigo Zoo is the ideal place to spend an afternoon with your family, learning about different animal species and the local ecosystem. Located about six miles from the city centre in Madroa, the zoo cares for all kinds of animal's, right from lions, tigers and bears to the curious primates. The zoo presents various programs throughout the year for all ages. So, enquire about their current activities available during your stay.
The best way to appreciate Vigo is to enjoy its seas and the nautical facilities it offers. If you want to take some sailing lessons, book a session of nautical training at any one of the clubs in Vigo. Since the waters of the estuary are calm and protected from the Atlantic winds by the Cies Islands, sailing in Vigo is nothing less than heavenly.
Real Club Náutico de Vigo ( Visit Site )
Address: As Avenidas, s/n 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Tel.: +34 986 447 441
Liceo de Bouzas ( Visit Site )
Address: Rúa Eduardo Cabello, 8 36208 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Tel.: +34 986 239 955
If you are an avid hiker, then Vigo's forest parks pose the perfect opportunity to discover Galicia's intact flora and fauna. Among the panoramic nature trails, is Vigo's longest hiking trail, the 25 mile GR53. This trail covers 11 out of the 12 forest parks in Vigo and it can be completed in three phases of five hours each. On the way, discover a magnificent plethora of archaeological sites, riparian forests, water mills, churches and prehistoric sites.
Besides the forest parks, there is a wide selection of hiking and biking trails in Vigo. It includes walking routes in the Cíes, routes along the coast of Vigo and O Castro Mountain urban park trail. If you are thinking of Bicycle tourism, then the da Auga Route, bicycle route along the sea through Samil and Blue Trail are dedicated to leisure bicycling.List of Forest Parks