Currently the largest city in the north-western Spanish province of Galicia, Vigo is known for being a major regional port. Its coastal location has helped to see it grow over centuries to punch above its weight as a cultural and tourist destination. Many people come here for the Galician cuisine, which is heavy on locally-caught fish and other types of seafood.
People also come to Vigo for the weather – in summer, average temperatures tend to top 24°C, while mild winters are the norm here. Meanwhile, sport is very popular here, particularly sailing and football. Its proximity to the border with Portugal means that there’s always an opportunity to visit a different country without straying too far from Vigo.
As some of the roads in Vigo are on a slope and have sharp corners, it might be worth driving something small to help make those turns a little bit easier.
The Museo Do Mar De Galicia (Sea Museum Galicia) charts the history of how the sea has played a role in helping Vigo and the surrounding area to grow and thrive. The museum is one for the whole family and is open for longer during the summer.
A Guia, Vigo’s most prominent park, is the city’s most important landmark. It offers some spectacular views of the sea and the city itself and is a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of central Vigo.
If shopping is your bag, then you might want to visit the O Calvario Municipal Market in the city centre. Seafood is the main product sold here, although you can also buy fabrics, spices and other foods if you wish.
Celta de Vigo are the city’s main football team, currently playing in the top division for the second successive season. They play all their home games at the Balaidos Stadium, which is just a mile or so southwest of the city centre.
Due to its proximity to Porto, Portugal’s second city, traffic going south of Vigo is sometimes a little heavier than in other directions.
The best road to use in Vigo is the A-52, which will take you eastwards towards Ourense via the satellite town of O Porriño.
The port area of the city can be pretty busy too, especially during weekday mornings when many working in the fishing industry are about to start work.
Vigo Airport, formerly known as Vigo-Peinador Airport, is five miles east of the city centre. It has one main passenger terminal and mainly provides domestic flights to other Spanish cities. However, there are some flights to Paris. The airport is accessible via the N555, which is linked to the Autoestrada do Atlantico to the west. That road will take you south to a junction with the A-55, which goes westwards to Vigo itself.