Top 9 things to do in Vigo

Vigo enjoys an oceanic climate all year round with its summers being warmer and winters colder than other regions that experience the same climate.  This makes the city a great destination for tourists from around the world. Here are some of the top attractions to see in Vigo:

Cies Islands

The Cies Islands are a group of three islands that consist of Monteagudo, Do Faro, and San Martino islands.  The islands were declared to be a Nature Reserve in 1980 and were subsequently considered to be a part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. This declaration was made to protect the natural value of the islands as it was under constant deterioration due to continuous threat from human activity.

It is advisable to visit the islands during summer as it when tourists can enjoy much of the natural sceneries offered by the islands. There are boats and small ferries that link the islands with strategic mainland locations such as the port of Vigo, Cangas and Baiona. What is more amazing about visiting the islands is that tourists can enjoy camping in the designated camping area on the islands. However, reservations and permissions for the camping area have to be made at the port of Vigo prior to the visit. There is also a supermarket, a restaurant and a visitor center to make tourists’ stay on the island more comfortable. What’s surprising about the islands is that there are no litter bins and visitors are required to carry back their litter to the mainland.

Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas are a combination of four estuarine inlets in Galicia, Spain.  These inlets are: Ria de Arousa, Ria de Muros Noia, Ria de Vigo, and Ria de Pontevedra. Due to their unique setting and conditions, these estuarine inlets have a rich marine life that is very pivotal to the advancement of the aquaculture industry and fishing in the area. Some of the activities that tourists can engage in while on Rias Baixas include water activities, sun bathing on the beaches, visits to marinas and distinctive towns to learn more about the history of Rias Baixas. Tourists can also visit the Parque National park- the only national park in Galicia.  This is a maritime- terrestrial park that is approximately 8,333 hectares in size. The park is home to different species of marine and island animals. Along the oceanic areas surrounding the park, it is possible to find large mammals like seals, dolphins, and whales at different times of the day.  However, since the park is designated as a protected area, there are not too many people that are allowed to be on the island at once. As such, visitors are required to seek special permission for activities like sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Church of Santa Maria

The Church of Santa Maria is in Vigo’s old town and is the oldest place of worship in the city. It is also popularly referred to as ‘La Colegiata’. The church was dedicated to Cristo de la Victoria. The original history of the church dates back to the Middle Ages despite it being demolished and reconstructed again in the 19th Century. There are very little traces of the original construction as what stands now is the new construction of the 19th century. The construction of the church was completed in 1836. The church’s unique design bears 3 barrel vaulted naves. The central nave is the widest with the two side naves being narrower. There are twelve Doric columns that separate the naves. Much of the art work in the church is from the neo-classical period as it is when the church was constructed.

Castro fortress

The Castro Fortress is one of the oldest buildings in Vigo, Spain. The fortress was constructed in 1665 as a shield to protect the city and the larger Spain from constant attack from Portugal and its British allies. The fortress has well-kept gardens and tidy surroundings that give a welcoming experience to visitors and tourists. Most tourists prefer the fortress as a great place to take a stroll due to its privileged views of the ocean, beautiful gardens, fonts, and open spaces. The fortress has a very rich history particularly because it was occupied by French army before being recaptured by the natives of Vigo during the peninsular war.

Pazo Quinones de Leon

Pazo Quinones de Leon is an interesting place to visit as it has beautiful gardens, clean environment, calm & peaceful surroundings and is set in Parque de Estrellos. It also has an attached archeological museum where visitors get to learn more about the history of the city as well as the evolution of man. The best thing about visiting this park is that it is located outside the city thereby giving tourists a chance to enjoy a walk through the amazing city enjoying its beauty first hand.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an art museum that displays changing exhibitions of mostly contemporary art but there is permanent collection in the museum.  The building that houses the museum was originally a public prison. The museum officially opened its doors to visitors in 2002. The museum has a lot to offer to visitors in terms of facts and history about contemporary art.

Casco Vello Vigo

Casco Vello Vigo is one of the places in Vigo and Spain that give you a feel and view of the ancient Spanish city. There are several cafes, eateries, restaurants, and pubs for tourists to enjoy their stay at the place to the fullest. There are numerous odd statues at the place that give tourists an opportunity to enjoy a nice photo session. At the backdrop, the blue waters of the ocean are visible at a far distance. In particular, the Merman statue is strange yet haunting but is under stiff competition from the Tyrannosaurus Rex that is made from an amazing green hedge.

Parque Monte del Castro

When visiting Vigo, a visit to Parque Monte del Castro is a must. It takes roughly 40 minutes to take a walk from the port and you have to walk through the main town enjoying the renovated buildings, impressive flower beds along the streets. You will also have to pass past the police station and further past the court building before getting to the park.

Playa De Samil

Playa de Samil is the main beach of Vigo, Spain in the Galicia region. The beach is uniquely set on a clean and exceptionally beautiful environment with the amazing Cies Islands as the beach’s background. The beach is accessible from the mainland through urban public transport.  The urban transport lines that connect the beach and the mainland include C15A, L10, C15B, C15C all year round and C3 during summers.  Around the beach, there are several facilities that have been set up including museums, catering premises, restaurants, clubs and cafes.  There are also leisure facilities around the beach. These facilities include public swimming pools, basketball courts, garden areas, a soccer court, a skating rank and tennis & paddle courts. If you love taking evening strolls, the beautiful boardwalk is adequately lit for evening strolls, has water fountains, and viewing telescopes to watch cruise ships as they dock at the port of Vigo.

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