Top 10 Things to See and Do in Vigo

Vigo, Galicia
Vigo, Galicia | © Harpagornis/WikiCommons
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The Galician city of Vigo is located in the northwest of Spain, approximately 90km (56 miles) south of Santiago de Compostela and just 35km (22 miles) from the border with Portugal. A pretty coastal spot, it offers a wealth of attractions for visitors to see and do – here are some of the best.

1. Learn about the Atlantic Islands of Galicia

Building, Park

The Visitor’s Centre of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia is well worth a visit for anyone thinking of exploring a little further than the city. It’s located in the historic Cambón building in the Old Town, and aims to teach visitors about the unique protected area of Galicia’s Atlantic Islands.

Rúa Palma 4, Vigo, Spain, +34 886 21 80 90

Galicia’s Atlantic Islands | © Henrique Pereira/WikiCommons | © Henrique Pereira / WikiCommons

2. Check out the local art talent


MARCO de Vigo is the city’s contemporary art museum, which was founded in 2002. Housed in the former city prison, the museum has no permanent collection, but instead acts as an exhibition and cultural space for showcasing modern art. Works shown here include art by both local seasoned and up-and-coming artists, and curators.

Rúa do Príncipe 54, Vigo, Spain, +34 986 11 39 00

Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo | © Elisardojm2/WikiCommons

Climb to the top of Monte O Castro

Monte O Castro is a hill and community park, rising up from the centre of the city. This is the place for history buffs and sports fans, as well as people who simply enjoy admiring city views. On the lower slopes you’ll find the archeological site of Yacimiento de O Castro, dating back to between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC, while on the upper slopes are playgrounds and skate parks. At the top sits the O Castro Castle, a grand fortress offering spectacular views of the city.

Monte O Castro, Vigo

Relax on Praia de Samil beach

Vigo’s largest city beach Praia de Samil makes for a perfect summer day’s out. Measuring half a mile long and 5o feet wide, there’s plenty of sandy space for everyone. Fun for the whole family, the beach also offers three saltwater pools, restaurants, cafés, playgrounds, skate parks and basketball courts.

Praia de Samil, Vigo

3. Go for a drink at Estrella Galicia Vigo


Estrella Galicia, Vigo | ©Metukkalihis / Wikimedia Commons
©Metukkalihis / Wikimedia Commons

Sitting on the Plaza Compostela de Vigo, you’ll find Estrella Galicia Vigo, a modern beer hall and brewery, serving Galicia’s much-loved beer – Estrella Galicia. Contemporary and bright, it’s filled with old beer memorabilia and large old brewing vats. The beer hall is also home to excellent restaurant, serving Galician classics.

Praza de Compostela 17, Vigo, Spain, +34 886 11 72 67

Estrella Galicia, Vigo | © Metukkalihis/WikiCommons

Dine on Rúa Pescadería

A must-visit for seafood lovers, Rúa Pescadería sits within the Casco Viejo (Old Town), next to the port. A whole street packed with fish and seafood restaurants, come here to sample the city’s best oysters, accompanied by a glass of albariño wine.


4. Learn all about the sea at the Museo do Mar de Galicia


Galicia and Vigo have always had a strong relationship with the sea, which can be seen in everything from its culture to its food and landscape. One of the best places to learn about that relationship is at Vigo’s Museum of the Sea, which looks at the historical links between Galicians and the sea, through documents, interactive screens, videos and objects such as old fishing equipment.

Avenida da Atlántida 160, Vigo, Spain, +34 986 24 77 50

Museo do Mar de Galicia, Vigo | © Dylanmonch vigo/WikiCommons

5. Discover the city at the Quiñones de León Museum


Quiñones de León Museum, Vigo
© HombreDHojalata/WikiCommons
Located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Vigo, the municipal museum of the city is housed in a 17th-century manor house, surrounded by sculpted gardens, ponds and fountains. The exhibits include archeological remains found in the city, as well as a collection of Galician artwork.

6. Lift the lid on the history of Galicia


The city’s Ethnographic Museum is located in a 20th-century noble house, and showcases over 2,500 pieces in its collection. Dedicated to the study of Galician peoples and cultures, it looks at everything from the Rye culture and symbolism in crafts, to folklore, medicine and faith.

Calle Pastora 22, Vigo, Spain, +34 986 24 46 98

Museo Etnográfico Liste de Vigo | © HombreDHojalata/WikiCommons

7. Visit the Afundación Social Centre

The Afundación Social Centre is housed in the beautifully restored Casa Bárcena and is the city’s largest exhibition centre. Stroll around its lovely indoor garden, browse its art collection on a guided tour or take the kids to visit Naturnova – an environmental education centre, where they can learn about the galaxy, the solar system, Earth, and the environment.

Policarpo Sanz 24 – 26, Vigo, Spain, +34 986 11 02 91

Afundación Vigo, Galicia | © Hugo P./WikiCommons

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