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An Insider’s Guide to Vigo

By DavidTuesday 27th May 2014

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With stunning architecture, fascinating culture and beautiful beaches to look forward to, Vigo is a greatly underrated city in western Spain that you are bound to love. Here we’ve listed our top insider tips for making the most of your time in this wonderful, Spanish city.

Head to the beach

Image and video hosting by TinyPic If you’re in need of a refresh before you explore the rest of Vigo, then a trip to Praia de Samil is a great place to start. Enjoy the Spanish climate as you wander along the stunning 1,700-metres of golden sand, which are lapped by the clear, turquoise sea. As well as the usual sand castles and splashing around in the sea, your kids will also get to dive into the sea-side public pools, and enjoy a game of tennis at the nearby courts. 

Explore Vigo’s history

Image and video hosting by TinyPic If you love history, and are a bit of a culture vulture, make your way to Castro Fortress for a fun day out. Built in 1665 to protect Vigo from intruders, the antique walls are now the city centre’s main beauty spot. Stunning gardens and large emerald fields surround Castro Fortress, and as you climb the grassy mounds you’ll experience striking, panoramic views of the city and the harbour below. Take in Vigo’s scenic landscape, and listen out for the patter of ducks and swans as your kids have a morning of fun in the fortress’ play area. 

Snack on seafood

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Vigo is most famous for the delicious, fresh oysters served throughout the city’s local markets. To sample these and enjoy a tasty snack, pop down to Calle de Las Ostras, or Oyster Street where you’ll be greeted by rows, and rows of freshly caught oysters. Enjoy your plate of oysters with your family, and an ice cold beer, in the warm, summer sun. As well as Oyster Street, there are many other local markets that are sure to tickle your fancy. For more seafood and other Spanish delicacies, be sure to pay a visit to O Berbés. And if you want to sample local cheeses, meats and loaves of freshly baked Galician bread, then O Calvary market is a must-visit.

Spend the day island hopping

Image and video hosting by TinyPic A short boat trip away from Vigo you’ll find the Cíes Islands, a nearby archipelago made up of the three islands, Monte Aguelo, O Faro and San Martino. Both Monte Arguelo and O Faro are connected by Rhodes Beach, a long stretch of dazzling white sand, azure sea and jagged cliffs. As well as being a great place to unwind and relax with your family, it’s also the perfect location for an afternoon hike – so make sure you come prepared! 

Dine out

After a busy day exploring the wonderful sights of Vigo, treat your family to a delicious lunch at the local restaurant, El Mosquito. Located on Plaza da Pedra, El Mosquito specialises in Spanish seafood, and the cuisine is bound to tantalise your taste buds! For a truly hearty lunch we recommend going for the Galician Pie, a mouth-watering pie filled with freshly caught seafood and chorizo, and a Tocinillio de Cielo, a rich, egg-custard dessert that your kids are sure to love.

Fancy a trip to Vigo?

Join us on one of our Mediterranean cruises from the UK, where you’ll also get the chance to explore the enchanting sights of Barcelona, Cannes and Paris, too.

Have you been to Vigo? Tell us all about your holiday in the comments below!


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