Things to do in Vigo

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Experience the best of Vigo.

Calle del Príncipe

Calle del Príncipe (Principe Street) is the premier shopping destination in the vibrant city of Vigo. Named in honor of the son of Isabel II, this pedestrian-only street is a true shopper’s paradise, boasting an impressive selection of clothing, crafts, shoes, jewelry, and top Galician fashion brands.

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Whether you’re in the market for a new outfit, a unique souvenir, or the latest fashion trends, the Principe Street has something for everyone. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the various stores as you make your way from the old part of the city to the new. As you wander along the street, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time.

Experience the best of Vigo’s fashion and culture on the Prince Street. Start planning your visit today!

Cies islands

The Cies Islands are a true natural paradise that can surprise you over and over again, and there are many different ways to explore this crown jewel of the Ría de Vigo. The three islands – Monteagudo, Faro, and San Martiño – offer a stunning profile of beauty over the estuary and are one of the few virgin paradises left in Europe.

One of the must-see attractions on the islands is the Rodas Beach, which was voted “The Best Beach in the World” by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2007 for its crystal-clear waters, untouched state, fine sand and its location within an incredible landscape. In 2017, it also voted as “Best Beach in Spain” in a popular vote organized by the Antena 3 television channel.

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However, there are many more beaches to discover on the Cies Islands. The Playa de Nuestra Señora, 140 meters long by 20 wide, and the Figueiras beach, also known as the “German beach” and distinguished with Blue Flag, are just a couple examples, and you can enjoy the natural beauty of nature, including nude sunbathing. Pack your bags and come see for yourself why the Cies Islands are such a special place.

Hiking in Cies Islands

For those looking for a change of pace or a way to mix up their beach vacation, the Cies Islands offer four incredible hiking routes that will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the area. These routes offer the perfect combination of sea and mountain views, and will provide visitors with a chance to get up close and personal with nature in its purest form. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a new way to explore the island, these routes are sure to impress. So pack your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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Vigo’s beaches

Vigo’s beaches are a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city. These beaches, located just a short 10-minute drive from the city center, offer a refreshing change from the typical crowded and unappealing urban beaches. With white, fine sand, crystal-clear water, and a variety of options to suit all tastes, including family-friendly beaches, wild coves, beaches with waves for water sports and even nudist beaches, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun. In 2021, 10 of Vigo’s beaches were awarded the Bandera azul (Blue Flag), a recognition of their high water quality, environmental education and information, safety and management and facilities.

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O Castro

O Castro, Vigo’s premier park offering breathtaking views of the estuary and city. Nestled in the heart of the city, O Castro is more than just a garden – it’s a mountain steeped in history as the site where the first settlers established themselves.

For history buffs, O Castro offers the unique opportunity to explore the castro site, dating back to the 3rd and 1st centuries BC. While the climb may be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well worth it. Along the way, visitors can take in the impressive anchors from the Battle of Rande, grab a snack and take in the stunning city views, discover sports areas for skate and playgrounds for children.

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At the summit of O Castro, visitors will find the O Castro Castle, its gardens, and a spectacular viewpoint. The visit is free of charge and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Vigo. So come and experience O Castro for yourself and discover why it’s one of the city’s most popular destinations.

Casco Vello de Vigo

The Casco Vello de Vigo (Vigo’s Old Town) has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, making it a must-see destination for visitors. Whether you’re looking to indulge in delicious tapas and some of Galicia’s finest wines at one of the many bars and restaurants, or simply take a stroll to take in the charming atmosphere and unique architecture, the Casco Vello has something for everyone.

Built during the reign of Philip IV in 1656, the walls of Vigo were erected to protect the city from raids. The wall went down the Carral street to A Laxe, where it bordered the sea to O Berbés up to the beginning of the Calle Real.

The Casco Vello of Vigo includes areas such as the Berbés, the A Pedra Market, the Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de la Princesa, Calle Real and many more.

Experience the charm and history of the Casco Vello for yourself and discover why it’s one of Vigo’s most popular attractions.

Calle de las Ostras

Are you a seafood lover? Then you can’t miss the famous Calle de las Ostras (Oyster Street) in Vigo!

This street is a must-see destination for visitors, where you can indulge in the freshest oysters straight from the Ria de Vigo estuary. The tradition is to buy the mollusks directly from the oyster farmers and enjoy them raw, paired with a glass of white wine with Rias Baixas designation of origin.

As you explore the Oyster Street, you’ll find several establishments that offer oysters and other seafood delicacies. It’s the perfect spot to try Vigo’s freshest seafood and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Whether you’re a seafood connoisseur or just looking to try something new, the Calle de las ostras is a must-visit destination. So, gather your friends, grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and prepare to indulge in some of the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted.

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