Vigo is the most populated city in Galicia, it’s surrounded by beautiful scenarios and it offers a one of a kind gastronomy. If you are looking for a natural paradise and the tranquillity of beautiful beaches this is your holiday destination. Nearby you can visit the Cíes Islands and its urban coastline. If you are a seafood lover, you cannot miss its delicious dishes; it’s said that seafood was invented in Vigo. If you are interested in doing business, go shopping or simply enjoy your holiday, in this city you will have everything at your fingertips. Do not wait any longer and book with Sercotel Hotels at any of our hotels in Vigo, Spain. Choose your hotel near the port or the shopping area, whichever location you prefer.
Vigo is located in the south of the Rías Baixas and it’s linked to the Atlantic. As you can imagine, visiting the Puerto de Pescadores in La Lonja is one of the biggest spectacles a tourist can witness; here is where the freshly caught fish is auctioned. This is one of the many traditions that has given character to this city throughout many years.
However, the influence of the sea is also noticeable in the city centre. While walking through Vigo’s historical centre you will notice that the city has changed with time and its different architectural styles. You will find sailor details throughout the city like the statue of the Sireno de Leiro in the middle of the Porta do Sol. When you leave the city centre and you visit its surroundings, you will see its great industrial development, mainly focused on the marine industry and on the conservation and fish sale. These trading activities make Vigo a vibrant city with a lot of potential and commercial activities that take up to the 29% of Galicia’s exports.
Vigo also has beautiful natural areas like the urban beaches of Samil, ideal to contemplate the sunset; the O Vao beach, preferred by water sports lovers; and the Monte do Castro, a hill in the heart of the city where you will have the best views of Vigo. Here you will be able to learn more about the origins of this town in an archaeological site from the III and I centuries BC.
If you plan to take a boat and go on a trip to the Cíes Islands we recommend you to stay at one of the best hotels in Vigo near the port. The Cíes Islands are an archipelago in the mouth of Ría de Vigo and are part of the Illas Atlánticas National Park. It consists of three islands: San Martiño, Monte Agudo, and O Faro. These the last two are connected to each other through the extensive and paradisiacal Rhodes beach.
The Cíes Islands have an immense variety of fauna, flora and animal wealth that can be discovered by foot, hiking or while snorkelling among the native dolphins of the area, called arroaces.
In the street where all the fishmongers are located, popularly known as Calle de las Ostras, you will have good seafood appetizers. This street is next to the Mercado de A Pedra near our hotel Sercotel Bahía de Vigo, that also has its own restaurant and offers delicious seafood dishes. On the other hand, at the Mercado de A Pedra, oysters are freshly served every morning (and also in the afternoon and evening during the summer). We suggest you to accompany this delicacy with a glass of albariño.
While in Vigo you will be able to explore different areas like As Travesas, Bouzas, El Calvario and Teis. You will find tasty seafood made of crayfish, crabs, spider crabs, barnacles, shrimp, mussels, cuttlefish, and squid. Also, you will find the genuine octopus a Feira, prepared with paprika, oil and sea salt.