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Travelling in Galicia by car is the best option as the train service suffers from delays and its timings are not convenient. Galicia has three international airports, thereby making air travel easier for tourists from abroad.

Abundant in seafood delicacies, its highlight is that almost half the world's mussels are 'harvested' in Galicia. Popular dishes are Empanada, Polvo à Feira, Caldo Galego, Bacallau ao alvariño and Churros.

Galicia is mainly a wine region and a paradise for wine lovers. But, if you like some strong alcohol, then there is a Licor Café and Queimada. However, beware because some Licor Café can cause problems.

Galicia is a safe place to stay. To stay on the safer side, protect yourself in big cities. Of all cities, Vigo and the capital - Santiago de Compostela - are the safest.

Drug trafficking and drug-related activities, and crime are not uncommon. Though for tourists, this will not create a problem. In case of emergency, dial 112 (ambulance, fire brigade and police).

Getting in

By Air

Peinador Airport is located 10km from the city downtown. It is well connected with - Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Canary Islands, Alicante, Seville, Valladolid, Paris, Copenhagen and Frankfurt, also many charter flights operate from here.

By Sea

One of the best options to reach Vigo is by sea. Vigo's port receives thousands of passengers every year from cruises. There are daily trips to the Cies Islands and excursions through the Ria. Throughout the year, there are transportations with a schedule to Moana and Cangas del Morrazo.

By Road

There are three main ways to reach Vigo. The Northwest dual carriageway links the city to Madrid, 667km away. The Rias Baixas dual carriageway runs from Vigo to the North of Portugal, passing through Tui, Braga, and Porto, linking Lisbon and Portugal's motorways network. Finally, the Atlantic Motorway links the city with the north of Galicia, passing through Pontevedra, Santiago and A Coruna.

Getting Around in Vigo

Vigo stays in a visual percept because of its outstanding beaches, waterfronts and landscapes. The city is famous for its beautiful gardens, parks, beaches and historic 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. Most tourists also like to travel by 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 massive reformation in transportation modes, especially after establishing the AVE train station.

By Bus

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 Transportes S.A.) since 1968. The 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 discounts are offered to travellers, but the 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.

By Taxis

Taxi is an excellent alternative for those who don't want to travel by bus. A significant advantage of a taxi is that you have 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 leading Vigo taxi companies which offer telephone service. Some taxi stands are 72 Avenida Balaídos, 1 Castrelos, 25 Gran Vía, 106 Torrecedeira, Grove, 5 Praza Suárez Llanos and Urzaiz.

By Rail

Travelling by train 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. Rail routes connect Vigo to different neighbouring cities.

By Hiring a Car

Rent a car in Vigo to explore the city at 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 accommodating 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 a 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 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 the internet to go online and contact your dear ones. The local newspaper of Vigo is Faro de Vigo, the 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.