Vigo clings to the slope of Monte del Castro, overlooking a namesake bay so vast, it could shelter an entire fleet. The city's medieval heritage is seen in the narrow streets and granite houses of the Ribera del Berbes, the old fishermen's quarter. Vigo is also the gateway to Santiago de Compostela, the most venerated shrine in all Europe during the Middle Ages. Pilgrims from the four corners of Christendom flocked to the magnificent cathedral, built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The cathedral still draws thousands of daily visitors today.
An important fishing and commercial port, Vigo was first settled by Celts 300 BC. The Celtic legacy lingers on in the province's old legends - and in the bagpipes played on festive occasions.
More about Vigo, Spain (for Santiago de Compostela) Points of Interest
Santiago de Compostela
Capital of Galicia, Spain, this city is dedicated to honoring St. James the Apostle or Santiago as they called him. Pilgrims traveled long distances from all over Europe to come here.
St. James Cathedral
This is the destination of the 9th century medieval pilgrimage, known as the "Way of St. James." The cathedral was built in his honor on the spot where it is said his remains were found.
The news of Columbus' Discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on arrival of "La Pinta". Climb up to the Castillo de Monte Real, a castle converted into a Parador, a luxury hotel. Fabulous views. Explore the replica of Columbus's second biggest ship anchored in the port.
An ancient town and medieval port, this quintessential Galician town features an old town, a market and a promenade along the waterway. Its modern district boasts a stunning bridge over the river.
White wines from the heart of Galicia's Albariño wine country have risen to international acclaim among wine aficionados. Sample the Albariño grape variety of several noted estates.
St. James Cathedral has a museum whose access is located at the crypt that displays a collection of tapestries and archaeological pieces.
Discover the largest city in Galicia and heart of the Rías Baixas. Enjoy fabulous views over the bay, admire an elegant 17th century manor house - Pazo Quiñones de León - with stunning gardens and sample some local delicacies.
Visit Monteagudo Island in Cíes Islands Nature Preserve, part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park. Enjoy free time to swim and sunbathe at the white sandy beach of Rodas, or follow your guide on an optional walk to the Alto do Príncipe vantage point.
Discover the historic and colorful sights of Pontevedra City on a leisurely, guided walking tour. Marvel at the many architectural gems of Alameda Square, St. Mary's Church. Peregrina Square, Parador de Pontevedra, the ruins of Santo Domingo, among others. Later, enjoy free time to shop or visit Pontevedra Museum.
Visit Santiago de Compostela on a self-directed tour, with transfers to and from the city. Spend the morning sightseeing, shopping or simply soaking up the atmosphere of Santiago de Compostela on your own.
Visit Santiago de Compostela l, the site of countless pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, and then explore the two plazas and enjoy free time to admire the stunning Cathedral and shop for souvenirs on this half-day tour.
Survey the city sights on a panoramic drive around Vigo. Visit Castrelos Park, home to an elegant 17th century manor house set amid extensive modern gardens. Enjoy tapas and other refreshments at a luxury five-star resort.
Visit Santiago de Compostela, the site of countless pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, and then explore the two plazas and enjoy free time to admire the stunning Cathedral and shop for souvenirs on this half-day tour.
Cruise to Monteagudo Island in Cíes Islands Nature Preserve, part of Atlantic Islands National Park. The island's Rodas Beach was named the best beach in the world in 2007. Enjoy free time to swim or sunbathe. Take a guided walk around the island or explore on your own.
Visit the shrine of St. James the Apostle, Spain's patron saint. The cathedral was a site for Christian pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. Afterwards, sit down to lunch at the Parador Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos for traditional Galician cuisine and wine on this full-day tour.
Behold the breathtaking panorama of earth, sea and sky from the deck of a modern catamaran. Sit back, soak up the sun and indulge in a sampling of the area's most tempting appetizers en route to the famed Parador Conde de Gondomar where a superb three-course lunch awaits.