CULTURAL INMERSION

 

You will discover Vigo, a city known for its rich history, its gastronomy based on the traditional culture of fisheries and its idylic beaches. Players will have the chance to enjoy the city, their cultural heritage and his famous meals.

 

Interesting Parts of the City

  • A Pedra Oysters: Oyster Street is perhaps the biggest tourist attraction in urban Vigo: a whole street for tasting the famous Vigo estuary oysters. The tradition is instinctive: the molluscs are purchased directly from the oyster sellers and eaten right there on the tables provided by the establishments along the street. The best way to wash down this bite of the sea is a glass of white wine with Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin.

 

  • Old Town: Vigo breathes from the Old Town. This charismatic neighbourhood is a small village in the centre of a bustling, industrial city. A rehabilitation process, still underway, has allowed neighbourhood life to gradually flourish in this beautiful area of streets and paths that meander towards the sea. Today, new shops and stores are opening in streets like Palma, Oliva or Calle Real, which links O Berbés with the Church of Santa Maria, popularly known as La Colegiata.

 

  • Cíes Islands: The Cíes Islands are the Vigo estuary’s greatest treasure: an amazingnational marine-terrestrial park and one of the country’s most beautiful places, whichis why the Romans named them the islands of the gods. The Cíes archipelago is made up of three islands: Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martiño. The first two are connected by a long strip of sand: Rodas Beach, the best beach in the world, according to The Guardian. The Cíes are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, a beach paradise with crystalline waters, in a natural environment that makes it a unique wildlife observatory. A visit to the Cíes is ideal for hiking with your family or for a getaway in search of quiet and unspoilt beaches. You can take a day boat trip to the Cíes or rent a yacht in Vigo. Or, if you prefer, spend a weekend camping in the Cíes Islands.It’s also a great place for diving in the Vigo estuary and, with a bit of luck, youcan swim surrounded by arroaces (native, smaller sized dolphins).

 

  • Berbés Market: Before the opening of O Berbés food market, one of the oldest in Vigo, produce was sold outdoors, in the square. But the Praza dos Ratos market (MiceSquare), O Berbés’s previous name, ceased to exist in 1966, when the current market was built. At the time, it was part of the Ribeira de O Berbés, where fish had been sold for over a hundred years. In the 19th century, the sea came up to the arcades and thiswas Vigo’s only fish market, except the one in Pescadería Street, which is now Calle de las Ostras (Oyster Street).

 

  • Gastronomy: Eating in Vigo is like diving into a sea of unique flavours. Its gastronomy is much more than a gourmet experience or an opportunity to taste the best seafood from the Vigo estuary at affordable prices, it’s a true ritual. Galician food culture in Vigo is manifested in every daily habit; from a drink before lunch, to tapas, to a beer after work, or a family churrasco (barbecue) on the weekend. In addition, there are dozens of gastronomic festivals in Vigo that honour Galician products, and we have dishes that are part of the classic Spanish cookbook, like the empanada (fish or meat pie) or octopus á feira. The success of Vigo’s gastronomy is based on several factors: the richtradition of Galician cuisine, one of the most varied, tasty and recognized in Spain, the diversity of options to dine in Vigo and the exceptional Port of Vigo, which supplies our lonja (fish market) with the best raw materials, as well as other food markets and restaurants.

 

  • Port: Nautical tourism in Vigo has a long tradition and many enthusiasts. The excellent natural conditions for sailing and water sports offered by the Vigo estuary provide a unique landscape in Galicia for your enjoyment. Only in Vigo will you feel the infinite freedom of sailing the Atlantic Ocean while watching the bustling life of the largest city in the Rías Baixas.

 

  • O Castro Mountain: O Castro Mountain offers one of the routes with the best views of the Vigo estuary, and in less than 2 hours. O Castro is the largest park in the city centreand, along with the Castrelos Park, its true lung; it’s one step away from the shopping,residential and business areas. By walking along the paths in O Castro you can enjoy this botanical park, its history and its incredible views.

 

  • Castrelos Park: Castrelos is Vigo’s largest park. In the 13th century it was alreadycalled Castrelis and it currently covers 136 square miles. Besides offering the pleasure of walking through its trails, along the Lagares River, the park houses the Pazo Quiñones de León Museum. This is a typical place for civil marriage celebrations in Vigo and it offers visitors impeccable French and English style gardens filled with the romance of the past.

 

  • Monument of the Galleons: One of the most beautiful monuments in Vigo is theMonument to the Rande Galleons, also knows as Las Anclas (The Anchors). It’s locatedon O Castro Mountain and overlooks the Vigo estuary, which gives it the perfect setting.