Top 10 Things to See and Do in Vigo

Vigo, Galicia
Vigo, Galicia | © Harpagornis/WikiCommons
Esme Fox

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.

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

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.


1. Discover the city at the Quiñones de León Museum


Quiñones de León Museum, Vigo
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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.

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