Vigo, Seafaring Tradition
El Berbés-A Pedra Market-Arenal,García Barbón and the MARCO-El Castro-Castrelos-VigoZoo-Cangas
Despite its poor condition, we still recommend visiting Vigo’s old fishing neighbourhood, which features the essence of a seafaring city whose industry has not lost contact with the sea.
A Pedra Market
Not to be missed in the morning to enjoy some fresh oysters with fine Albariño wine at a reasonable price. A market where you can find everything you want, famous for its supposed brand clothes at discount prices. A real experience. We recommend visiting the tourist office right in the A Pedra market, since it’s always handy to have a map.
Not to be missed
Arenal, García Barbón and the MARCO
The best way of reaching the Marco is going along the Arenal, where stately houses, the Náutico (yacht club) and the Alameda (park) lead you to the city’s main artery, García Barbón. This street, an exponent of Vigo’s economic power in the 20th century, with a good number of modernist buildings, brings you to the Marco: a former public prison and courthouse reconverted into a Contemporary Art Museum that is worth visiting –it’s also close to a large shopping area.
This is the thousand-year-old origin of the city of Vigo. Thanks to the location of this Celtic settlement, we can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the city and its “ría” (estuary). The surrounding park, full of paths and services, is also a good place for having a good time.
For Vigo’s residents, this is a meeting place for families, a venue for concerts and live performances where you can enjoy a walk along its paths, its lake with swans and ducks, and a prestigious museum: Museo Quiñones de León. The museum has 29 rooms with permanent art exhibitions featuring a high-quality art collection. We also recommend visiting the curious Sensorial Garden, which features an itinerary adapted for the visually impaired that stimulates their other senses...
If you have time
To the surprise of many, Vigo has a small zoo that is a delight for young ones. An interesting option...
Explore the “Ría”: Cangas
Another option, for those who want to go for a swim, weather permitting, is sailing across the “ría” (estuary) to Cangas, a fishing town opposite Vigo where you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon in one of the pavement cafés overlooking its urban beach. A frequent boat service takes you across the “ría” in a short time.
Everything at a good price. Completely snack-based and well known for its Spanish omelettes.
Appreciated due to its small sandwiches, skewers and sautéed sea urchins, at an economical price.
Good quality with fine ingredients in its meat and fish dishes. Well known for its rich dishes.
Excellent quality in its products. Well worth what you pay. Good service, fine presentation and matchless views.
Fine cuisine with a contemporary touch for everyone, with very competitive prices. Good carpaccio dishes, scrambled eggs, fine beef jerky.