Vigo

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With its picturesque ports and markets, pretty beaches and historic landmarks, this city in northwest Spain is sure to please.

Vigo is located in Galicia, along the Atlantic Ocean. Visit this major Spanish fishing port and taste some of the country’s best and freshest seafood. Discover its impressive historic landmarks, interesting museums and lovely coastline.

The ancient Romans who once inhabited Vigo called it Vicus. See the archaeological remains of the famous Villa Romana de Toralla. This Roman villa was discovered on a farm in the town of Corujo in the 1920s. It is fully excavated and open to visitors.

Wander in the picturesque Porta do Sol, the Casco Vello (historic center) of Vigo. This charming old part of the town has narrow streets and traditional buildings. Enjoy coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés at the beautiful Plaza de la Constitución, the largest of the four squares in the area. Head east from Casco Vello to find another square, the Plaza Princesa and its beautiful fountain. Shop along one of the city’s busiest streets, Rúa do Príncipe.

While you are downtown stop at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo to see lovely pieces of contemporary art and visit Monte del Castro, one of the city’s biggest parks. Take photos of the stunning cathedral Concatedral de Santa María de Vigo, also known as Colegiata de Santa María. To the north of the church, find the Rúa de Pescadería (Fish Street) in the historic neighborhood of La Piedra. Along this typical street, you’ll meet Vigo’s famous ostreiras (women selling fresh oysters). Taste more fresh seafood at O Berbés, a seaside neighborhood located southwest of the Casco Vello with many seafront restaurants.

After a morning of sightseeing and shopping, head southwest of Vigo’s city center to find many beaches to relax and swim. Enjoy Praia de Samíl, one of the area’s most popular beaches. It has picnic zones, cafés, a public swimming pool and public restrooms. Dive in or splash around and then explore the area with a walk along the picturesque seaside path Avenida Samíl.

Top hotels in Vigo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Collection Vigo
NH Collection Vigo
4 out of 5
€60
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sargadelos Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural Caixanova. Centro Principe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (293 reviews)

"The room was sturdy, clean, efficiently elegant and comfortable. The breakfast was additional but worth the 15€ for a great, healthy spread. The location is an easy walk to the port for ferry rides across the Vigo Bay, walk to the train station, and access to the old town."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

NH Collection Vigo
Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa
Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa
5 out of 5
Plaza de Compostela, 21, Vigo, Pontevedra
€116
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in the heart of Vigo, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centro Cultural Caixanova, Centro Principe, and Estuary Marine Station. Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)

"Good. Smart modern decor and clean tidy, rooms. very courteous staff, good food. Convenient downtown location at Praza Compostela, close to the marina, shops and amenities. Easy to access from the motorway from out of town and access to the airport etc. Nice rooftop swimming pool with views across ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020

Gran Hotel Nagari Boutique & Spa
Occidental Vigo
Occidental Vigo
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
€54
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in the heart of Vigo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sargadelos Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art and Centro Principe. Centro Cultural Caixanova ...

4.3/5Excellent! (59 reviews)

"Newly renovated. Beside Urzaiz train station. Airport bus 9A stops nearby. Close to food nearby in Gran Via and supermarket Gadis. Nearby C1 Circular bus to go to major areas in Vigo. Many cafes and tapas bars in close proximity."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Occidental Vigo

Top activities in Vigo

Vigo Secrets Walking Tour
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Vigo Secrets Walking Tour

€30
Per adult
Private Transfer from Porto to Vigo
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Private Transfer from Porto to Vigo

€222
Per adult
Island of Arousa: Natural Paradise
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Island of Arousa: Natural Paradise

€122
Per adult

Reviews of Vigo

3.8

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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Sep 17, 2019

Nice location with lovely sea views if you walk to the top of the hill with the castle. However, Vigo is somewhat run down due to economic stagnation so I would not recommend more than a few days or stop somewhere more pretty like Santiago.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 4, 2019

Not commercialised very Spanish resort and beautiful and clean.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 30, 2019

Good city tour bus but problem only one so not really a hop on and off option. Good appreciation of city and its workings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 3, 2019

Very convenient to go by ferry over to Cangas.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 12, 2019

easy trip by train to Santiago