Praia de Samil is just outside Vigo, but it's easily accessible by local bus or car. There is a promenade, with many children's play areas, cafes and public showers. I recommend you go there during the low season, because in summer it gets too full.
It is a Beautiful place with great beaches and good food. There are Trails for hiking, mountain biking, etc.. Sailing, paragliding ... There is even a nice golf course in Moaña with fantastic views from it's restaurant with good prices. In the southern part of the Ria de Vigo, you'll find the big city, with airport and all transport services. Both sides are connected by the Rande Bridge. A place to enjoy almost any hobby.
The Stone Market is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Vigo, with all kinds of designer clothes at very good prices. What I find rather dubious is the origin of the goods, I don't quite understand the existence of this market, which seems to be totally "legal" located inside municipal infrastructure. In theory the clothing is imitation, which I think it violates all kinds of copyright laws, there are other theories that clothing is contraband. In any case, it is always packed and the prices are very cheap compared to the original brands. The price is the same at any of the stands, and is usually "standard", ie all generally have the same price: € 30, whether shirts, pants, shirts ... Except the hunters. For example, we find a Polo shirt for 30 €, or Belstaff jacket for € 80. I have purchased something, and even a shopkeeper gave me the phone number if I wanted to order something for the next time I went - clothes are good quality, they do not fade or become damaged in the first wash. Although mainly clothes, you can also find bags, snuff (without tax), Puma sports and some electronics. This market is located opposite the Yacht Club next to the famous Fish Market, where the typical ostreiras and several restaurants. Open mornings only until 15h.
To enjoy the paradise of the Cies Islands, you have to take a ferry and can do so from different parts of Galicia, but most people go from Vigo. The trip takes an hour or less, depending on the time and the state of the sea. The journey itself is worth it, just to see the scenery of the islands in the distance. It costs 17.50 return, and if you go camping, I recommend that you book in advance, considering how long you plan to stay (but a lot of people change their minds when they get to the islands).
This suspension bridge was opened in 1978, however, it wasn't until 1981 that it became operational. Rande Bridge allows access between the municipalities of Redondela and Moaña, along the Rande Strait. It was designed by the Italian engineer Fabrizio de Miranda, and the Spaniards Florencio del Pozo and Alfredo Passaro. It currently sees a lot of traffic, which is why, hopefully in the near future, there will be an extension added. It fully measures 1558 meters in length and was once considered the longest cable bridge in Spain.
In the Monte del Castro, you will find a park of the same name. The park is considered the lungs of the city, and it is a must visit for tourist for several reasons like, it's great views , monuments, dense vegetation and it was the origin of Vigo. On the top of Mount Castro several cafeterias like the "El Mirador" which lives up to his name or two more next to a roundabout where you will find a great fountain and almost next door of the cafes is the door to the fortress. It has two guns at the entrance. The upper part of the fort in my opinion is the most beautiful, it has great views of the Ria de Vigo and manicured gardens, also you can see "The Castle", an old and famous restaurant, where there were even weddings, but it is now in total abandonment. In the Monte del Castro there is also a playground, recreational areas for skating and riding bikes. Also like to mention that the city has parking problems, so I used it as parking.
In Monte del Castro, there is a park of the same name which is considered the lungs of the city. Tourists should visit it for several reasons, firstly because it was the original source of Vigo and also for its great views as a lookout point, the wonderful monuments and dense vegetation. At the top of Mount Castro there are several cafeterias such as the "El Mirador" which lives up to its name and various others. At the entrance, there is a fortres with two guns mounted on it. It is perfect for its great views of the Ria de Vigo and its manicured gardens. There is also an old famous restaurant called "The Castle", which used to host weddings but is now derelict. The Monte del Castro also has a playground and recreational areas for skating and riding bikes. It is also worth mentioning that it is difficult to park in the city.
This weekend I was in the one of the most beautiful forest parks in Beade with the best views of the Ria de Vigo, a few kilometers from the city center on the Campus incline, towards Vigo University. This forest park, for me one of the 12 best in the city, has very well equipped playgrounds allowing you to enjoy the forest or bush without damaging it. The usual services are available, stone tables, barbecues, bar-restaurant, fountains, birdhouses. The excellent viewpoint with beautiful Cies Islands in the background and even a football field and a pond with birds (including a pair of goats)stand out. In short, it's ideal for nature and photography lovers, to have a good day in the countryside and enjoy nature, especially now that spring and the good weather is coming.
This is one of the favourite places of the people of Vigo for walking with children and seniors, sports or recreation, feeding the ducks and the seagulls and enjoying the artificial lakes, waterfalls and fountains. There is a variety of vegetation and the River Lagares crosses it the park, following a path that reaches the sea.
This is one of the places chosen by the people of Vigo to take a stroll with children and seniors, sports or recreation, or for feeding the ducks and the seagulls that populate the artificial lakes, waterfalls and fountains. There is a variety of vegetation, and it crosses the river Lagares where you can follow a path, created in recent years, to the sea.
The Monte dos Pozos is an excellent vantage point and is on the outskirts of the city (4 kilometres) in Valladares, towards Mount Alba, surrounded by mainly pine and eucalyptus trees and scrub land. The view spans the entire Ria de Vigo from the beaches of Samil, O Vao, Toralla Island, part of Bayonne and the Cies Islands. One of the attractions is the artificial lake surrounded by barbecues, some ducks and a nice little wooden bridge. It's great for leisure and relaxation. Besides the forest of elms, oaks, birches and pines, there is a bar with tables and barbecues that allow a nice day in nature.
Fantastic urban beach on the outskirts of Vigo. Crystal clear water with little waves, fine white sand and great facilities. It's crowded in summer and can be difficult to park so it's better to use public transport that runs from the city center.
This shopping centre has good access points. The circular lines C3, C5 and C4A lead you almost to the door. There is another entrance near the A9 motorway. The good thing about this mall is that it has a bit of everything. There's a supermarket, jewellery store, pharmacy, cinema, clothing and footwear stores, hairdressers and a good rest area. I recommend Xuntos Gelato. Parking is free. There's a WiFi are in some cafes.
The Costa da Vela is a uniquely beautiful coast of rugged cliffs and unspoiled beaches located between Vigo and Pontevedra. It stretched from the cape of Cabo Home to the cliffs of Dolón and has been declared a natural monument by the Galician government. The cliffs sometimes reach up to 300 meters high and offer amazing views over the ocean. Some parts are good for walking, but it's best to go by car as a lot of areas (like Monte Facho, for example) have free parking. Ancient forts and structures dot the landscape and the sunset over the Atlantic is one of the most spectacular I've ever seen. Seriously, people even started applauding!
This morning I went for a stroll through the village to see the environment of the "oyster" and here there are 2 streets with Royal Street market stone and the square of the Constitution , or "Helmet Hair" at the bottom or port area of the city. The historic area has must-see places and this is so in the case of the Stone Market, the street of oysters frequented by tourists. Also later, in the same direction of the harbor, we find the arcades of Berbés , a symbol of the origin of the city. In return, a step the Transatlantic spring we have a large modern shopping center, A Laxe recently built a walkway or small bridge to old town. The Oyster street located in the old town of Vigo, is linked to popular stone market, located below the market specifically dedicated to selling clothes, mainly tobacco and electronics. The Oyster Street, named for the cooker, and subsequent exposure of this mollusk tasting mainly by tourists ve come to port in the morning to enjoy them with a glass of Albariño wine. In addition to this iconic street "Mercado da Pedra", there are a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can have other seafood, such as cuttlefish or squid.
The first time I went to Samil beach I was surprised to see the amazing equipment on their seaside promenade. In addition to skating rinks, basketball courts, car racetrack, a market, and a multitude of bars ... It has a public swimming pool ( I can not remember if there was an entrance fee), where the children have a terrific time. The pool water is salty because it comes from the sea, and the pools are equipped with slides, like a water park, but in miniature.
The Gran Vía Shopping Centre is the largest commercial centre in the province and is located close to Park Castrelos and America Square. It has a ground floor which is mainly dedicated to food, with stores such as Carrefour, a first floor dedicated to large, well known stores and a second floor dedicated to relaxation with several restaurants and cafes and, of course, cinemas. The shopping centre features stores like H & M, Cortefiel, Inditex, Sfera and Tintoretto; food choices include Mcdonalds and a Carrefour hypermarket (in fact, there are two) plus 9 cinemas. It has 2000 free parking spaces.
The little known river Eifonso is the river Lagares tributary that is common to flood with the arrival of the rains. The river Eifonso is on the outskirts of the city Olívica in Bembrive and is one of the most attractive landscapes and now I suppose it's better known thanks to the collaboration and investment by the concello in the clearing and conditioning liempieza this beautiful place. The river Eifonso route is about 3 - 4 miles from Mourelle to Fraga, ruins of a medieval town situated on the upper path. Several water mills like Sorego or Pedrosa and the most spectacular of all on the trail is in the Fervenza (cascade) da Bouza Fria where the water jumps nearly 4 meters high, surrounded by lush vegetation and is that the route crosses for Atlantic forest, with all kinds of native trees, many chestnut carbalos, including ferns. After a long walk we arrived at the chapel of San Cibrán, single point of the route which is a source of drinking water. The trail ends at the ruins of the medieval town of A Fraga is that as bad weather with rain amenzaba had to turn around, wanting more than enough, to return another day.
Playa Alcabre is a 600 meter long beach in the wilderness near Vigo. It has fine white sand and the wind makes it suitable for surfing. You can get there by public transport and it makes for a very relaxing day.
Praza Constitución is the most iconic square in Vigo, and is the equivalent to the Plaza Mayors you find in other cities. It has been declared a historical monument by the Galician government and it basically serves as the entrance to the Old Town of Vigo. From the square, you can clearly see the towers of the Cathedral and Calle Cesteiros, a street known for its traditional stores selling wicker objects. The square is surrounded by old stone buildings with porticoes and beautiful wrought iron balconies, so it's a very pleasant environment to have a drink in one of the cafes located under the porticoes. The square is also home to some interesting historical buildings like the old town hall (now the Casa de Cultura), the birthplace of D. Casto Mendez Nez, and some art galleries.
One of the essential places to visit in Vigo are the Cies Islands, a paradise of beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. The archipelago is formed by the islands Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martio and is part of Illas Atlanticas National Park. Do not miss Playa de Rodas, the long stretch of sand that connects the two first islands, named the best beach in the world by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2007. Since then it has become one of the top Vigo attractions.
Other beaches are found along the Vigo River, like the Playa Samil and Playa O Vao. If you're a lover of white sand and blue water, you'll never be left wondering what to do in Vigo!
Once inside the city, many of the best things to see in Vigo are in the historical centre. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Porta do Sol, Plaza of the Constitution and the Fundación Penzol library. Other top Vigo activities include visits to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo (MARCO), located in the old city jail, and the Quiones Museum.
The harbour area offers many more things to do in Vigo. The Plaza de Compostela contains the Alameda Park, the first public garden in the city, built in the late nineteenth century. Strolling to the end of the Ensanche, you'll also find important attractions in Vigo like the Real Club Nautico de Vigo and the A Laxe shopping center. Check out minube users' recommendations for more great stuff to do in Vigo like the Monte del Castro, the Lonja de Vigo, Castrelos Park or the Vigo Zoo.