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Vigo, Spain

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia Spain.

Galician language, Portuguese, Castilian (Spanish).
Vigo is a 1960's boomtown with the attendant urban planning, set in a beautiful natural environment and boasting a cultural drive that far exceeds its size.

Climate

Vigo's climate is usually classified as oceanic (Köppen climate classification Cfb); however, the summers tend to be warmer (and drier) and the winters milder than most areas of similar classification. In actuality, with its noticeable drying trend in the summer, Vigo's climate is more similar to the variant of the oceanic climate commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Substantial rainfall throughout the year prevents it from being classified as a Mediterranean climate, even though there is a drying trend in summer. The average annual temperature in Vigo is 14 °C (57 °F). Compared to many... Read more

Vigo, Spain

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Vigo is the largest city in Galicia Spain.

Galician language, Portuguese, Castilian (Spanish).
Vigo is a 1960's boomtown with the attendant urban planning, set in a beautiful natural environment and boasting a cultural drive that far exceeds its size.

Climate

Vigo's climate is usually classified as oceanic (Köppen climate classification Cfb); however, the summers tend to be warmer (and drier) and the winters milder than most areas of similar classification. In actuality, with its noticeable drying trend in the summer, Vigo's climate is more similar to the variant of the oceanic climate commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Substantial rainfall throughout the year prevents it from being classified as a Mediterranean climate, even though there is a drying trend in summer. The average annual temperature in Vigo is 14 °C (57 °F). Compared to many other Galician towns, Vigo experiences warmer summer temperatures than A Coruña and milder winters than inland areas. This is due to its sheltered location, surrounded by mountains inland and the Illas Cíes out in the bay towards the sea. The all-time record high for the city is 39.7 °C (103 °F) set on July 5, 2013. Vigo is known for its extreme rainfall in winter. December 1978 saw 925.6 millimeters (36.44 in) fall at the weather station in a single month. During that month on 7 December, 175 millimeters (6.9 in) fell on a single day. Normal values for 1981-2010 was 1,791 millimeters (70.5 in) falling on just 129.2 days indicating heavy rain to be common. The airport where values are taken is at a higher elevation than the city center, which likely is warmer year-round.

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Vigo, Spain: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at Muelle de Transatlanticos. From there, you can easily get to the city's attractions on foot. 

Get around Vigo, Spain


Taking a bus or a taxi is probably the most comfortable option to get around the city. By the way, the bus in Vigo is usually called vitrasa
Driving a car may be a bit complicated, especially if it's your first time in the city. Nevertheless, there are car rentals, and since it is not that common in Galicia, this keeps the price of renting relatively low.
Besides, you can easily explore Vigo's main attractions on foot. 

In case you want to explore other towns in Galicia, you can take a train - there's a good train system.

What to see in Vigo, Spain


  • Museo Do Mar De Galicia (Sea Museum Galicia). June-September: 10 am-2 pm & 5 pm-10 pm (Tue-Thu), 10 am-2 pm & 4 pm-10.30 pm (Fri-Sat), 10 am-10 pm (Sun), Winter: 10 am-2 pm & 4-8 pm (Tue-Thu), 10 am-10.30 pm (Fri-Sat), 10 am-9 pm (Sun). 
  • Museo Municipal de Vigo. 10 am-8 pm (with siesta break), Sundays 10 am-1.30 pm. Vigo's local museum has got more than 1500 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and applied arts, from which just a small part is exhibited. The best-known artists of the collection are Carracci, Pourbus, Goya, Teniers, Fragonard and Prud'hon. There is archeological hall and the least developed museum department - history of the city. Free entry.
  • City hall.
  • Fortaleza de San Sebastian.
  • Paseo de Alfonso XII. Panoramic viewpoint
  • O Berbés arches.
  • Santa Maria Church Cathedral. In the city center.
  • Praza da Princesa.
  • Praza da Constitución.
  • Casa Galega de Cultura. Galician house of culture
  • Central Library.
  • Porta do Sol. Vigo's kilometer zero, from where all distances are traditionally measured. It is a very popular meeting point. Sculpture is made by Francisco Leiro, El Sireno (The Merman). El Sireno looks to the north, to the sea.
  • Castle

    . Castro park and panoramic viewpoint
  • Oyster sellers - in the city center.
  • Rua do Príncipe - shopping street.
  • San Francisco Church.
  • O Calvario Municipal market. Where fish and other sea fruits are being sold. Worth to visit before midday.
  • A Guía. A hill known as Guía is the most important landmark. It has served sailors for centuries as a point of reference when entering the port, has become one of Vigo's most popular parks, thanks to the fine views it affords over the city.
  • Islas Cíes (Cies Islands). national park. Boats to Cíes islands (30-45 mins) run several times a day in summer: June-September, in the week of Easter holiday, on weekends in May and October. There are two companies Nabia Naviera and Mar de Ons that takes you there for the same price (just different timetable). Both companies have an office just behind the tourist information point near the boat terminal. Cíes Islands are famous of nice beaches, nature, bird watching, and diving/snorkeling. There is a restaurant and a bar or two.

What to do in Vigo, Spain


Stroll down the main port and savor the impressive variety of local seafood.

What to eat and drink in Vigo, Spain


Eat

Try the amazing Tortilla and empanadillas at Bar Carballo
  • Tia Brigida, Rua do Arco 10, 986392326. lunch and dinner. Situated in the old seaside village of Cangas, across the picturesque harbor from Vigo, this restaurant specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional seafood dishes. The creation of young Chef Alfonso Moldes, Tia Brigida, serves some of the most satisfying food in Galicia. Moderate.
  • Picadillo, Fermin Penzol 10, Vigo (100m up from the tourist port, just below the Porta de Sol), 986 223 729. 12:30-1600, 20:00-23:30. Sitting right on the edge of Vigo´s old town, this restaurant offers classic and innovative meals, tapas and wines in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Drink

Queimada is an alcoholic beverage of Galician tradition.
Queimada's characteristic blue fire. Queimada has origins in the Pagan festivals of Galicia. It is a punch made from Galician aguardiente (Orujo Gallego) - a spirit distilled from wine and flavored with herbs or coffee, plus sugar, lemon peel, coffee beans, and cinnamon.
Traditionally while preparing the punch a spell or incantation is recited, so that special powers are conferred to the queimada and those drinking it. Then the queimada is set alight and slowly burns as more brandy is added.

Shopping in Vigo, Spain


  • MarengoStyle (Spanish Clothes Shop), c/Progreso, 40, 986222292. MarengoStyle is a Clothes Shop where you can find creations by the best Spanish designers. You can buy bags and accessories too. They are placed in Vigo, near Principe Street, in the Comercial Zone "Zona Centro", but they ship to all around the world.

Safety in Vigo, Spain


Galicia is, in general, a safe place to visit. Observe the usual caution in larger towns and cities. You will be perfectly ok in any Galician city just by using your common sense, and you will probably feel safer than in most Western European cities.

Drug trafficking and drug-related activities and crime are not uncommon. However, this seldom transpires beyond some areas and rarely affects the occasional tourist.

For all emergencies (ambulance, fire brigade and police) dial 112.

Language spoken in Vigo, Spain


By language, 7% of the population speak always in Galician, 43% speak always in Spanish and the rest use both interchangeably. This makes Vigo the least Galician-speaking city in Galicia.
English is spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

12:55 am
September 18, 2019
Europe/Madrid

CURRENT WEATHER

17.75 °C / 63.95 °F
light rain
Wed

17.55 °C/64 °F
light rain
Thu

17.13 °C/63 °F
light rain
Fri

16.45 °C/62 °F
few clouds
Sat

15.5 °C/60 °F
heavy intensity rain

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