Vigo Tourist Information
Vigo is Galicia’s largest and most populated with approximately 300.000 inhabitants living in the city, and approximately 500.000 including the surrounding area of the city . Vigo is the economic capital of Galicia even if is not either the provincial or the regional capital. Vigo is located around the ria de Vigo (bay of Vigo), is also a location that attract many tourists with its mix of history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan aspect.
Thanks to his economic importance, Vigo, is easily reached from anywhere in Galicia and from all over the major cities of Spain. Main highways connect by car Vigo with Santiago de Compostela , La Coruna, Pontevedra and Madrid. The International airport (Peinador”) add further travel options to visit Vigo,Galicia and north of Portugal this airport now attracts major of the budget airlines and more are ready to use it in the near future.
Vigo’s port is considered one of the best in Galicia and north of Spain and lately is a point of departure for cruise liners along the Atlantic coast of Europe. The port includes a large marina and has one of Spain’s most exclusive yacht clubs (Vigos Royal yacht club ).
Unlike other towns in Galicia, Vigo enjoys high summer temperatures but with the benefit of much milder and more comfortable winters. The explanation for this is the protected location of the city and the statistics says that the average temperature, during winter, is approximately 5 degree higher than other cities like Lugo and La Coruna.
The largest of Vigo´s beaches is “Playa de Samil”, with a white promenade behind it ,typical bleached Galicia´s white sand and runs for almost one mile. This beach is easily reached by vehicle and there is plenty of parking all around and directly behind it.
In Vigo you can meet many tourists offices ready to give all the information required from the tourists, beside the offices Vigo has also tourist officer out on the streets with leaflets and guides regarding the activity of the day in the city .
Most tourists visiting Vigo for the first time are surprised and impressed with the city’s old quarter.
Vigo’s old district is not as expansive as some of Galicia’s other historic quarters, but it does cover an interesting area on the slopes above the marina. High points of this zone are a number of small squares along with buildings and streets that have survived from the medieval period. This old district is one of the most visited in Galicia.
Other attractions of Vigo are the numerous beaches, some of which are considered to be the best in northern Spain and of course the recreational areas around the harbour and port. Left, the Centro Cultural Caixanova in Vigo.