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About Vigo

Spains busiest fishing port, Vigo sits on the rugged west coast of the province of Galicia. Over the centuries, this charming town and its resilient residents have been the target for many naval attacks including a couple from Sir Francis Drake.

In these more peaceful days, you will still find the best view of Vigo is from the fort (Castillo del Castro) built to defend it from the hill overlooking the harbour. From here, your Vigo cruise tour will lead you through the steep, narrow streets of the atmospheric old town (Barrio del Berbes) to see (and smell...) the daily fish market.

Try one of the oysters which are fresh from beds in Vigos 'ria' - one of the sunken sea-filled valleys for which Galicias coastline is renowned. And our Vigo cruises are also a chance to visit nearby Santiago de Compostela, the subject of pilgrimages since the Middle Ages.

 

Shore excursions in Vigo

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bayona La Real

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3¾ hours

Discover the charming fishing village of Bayona; stroll through the streets of the old quarter and enjoy delicious ‘tapas’.

The news of Columbus’ discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on the arrival of the ‘Pinta’. The village is now a popular summer resort featuring a wonderful 16th century fortress, which has now been converted into a luxury 4 star Parador hotel.

During your scenic drive to Bayona a stop will be made at La Guía Hill, one of Vigo’s highest points. From here, you can capture exceptional panoramic views of the city, the bay and your ship.

Upon arrival in Bayona enjoy refreshments of delicious, local Spanish tapas accompanied by tea, coffee or soft drinks at the Parador Conde de Gondomar as you admire the wonderful scenery.

Afterwards, visit the Old Quarter, where you can stroll through the quaint cobbled streets of Old Bayona, passing by the cloistered Convent of the Dominicas, the Misericordia Chapel and Casa Lorenzo Correa, now the town hall.

Round off your tour with some free time to browse the local boutiques before returning to Vigo via the coastal road.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves an optional 20 – 30 minutes’ walking on uneven, cobbled ground in Bayona’s old quarters. If you wish to have free time, you may opt out of the guided walk. There is a slight uphill walk of approximately 10 minutes and a few steps to negotiate to reach the refreshment venue.

Cies Island Nature Reserve

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Escape to Cies Island Nature Reserve and enjoy time at leisure to enjoy this tranquil area.

Embark on a 40 minute transfer by boat along the stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia to one of the jewels of the coast, ‘Cies Island’. As you relax and soak up the scenery, your guide will enlighten you with facts about the area.

Once a pirates' haunt, Cies Island is now an uninhabited national park abound with a variety of flora and fauna, nature trails, a bird observatory and a lagoon full of fish.

You’ll have approximately 3 hours of free time on the island to explore, swim or sunbathe at Rodas Beach or you may prefer to follow your guide on the optional walk to the Alto do Principe, a 2 mile ( 1¼ hour walk). This path gently rises from Rodas Beach to the cliffs where you will have excellent views over the Cies Archipelago.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Passengers are reminded to wear suitable attire, take a towel and sunscreen. A light jacket is recommended for the boat ride. There are 7 steps to negotiate in order to board and disembark the boat. An optional walk to Alto do Principe will be offered, however this is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility. Please wear comfortable, flat walking shoes and bring bottled water. Snacks are available for purchase on the island. Please be advised that some beaches are ‘clothing optional’.

Complete Santiago de Compostela – Small Group Tour

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Join a small group for a guided visit inside Santiago Cathedral and museum followed by canapés at the Parador Hotel.

The historic city of Santiago de Compostela is Galicia’s most famous and illustrious city, boasting World Heritage status and a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. The cathedral itself is the final destination for thousands of Christian pilgrims who walk the ‘Way of St James’ pilgrimage across Galicia, eager to visit the tomb of the saint himself.

Within your small group, join your knowledgeable guide for a guided visit inside the cathedral. Marvel at the flawless design of the interior and take time to admire the main alter and the statue of St James. You’ll also venture down the narrow staircase to the crypt, where the remains of St James are believed to be buried.

Continue with your guide to the cathedral’s museum, which showcases a wonderful collection of important archaeological exhibits portraying the rich history of Santiago de Compostela.

Pause for photos at Plaza del Obradoiro, which is the focal point for pilgrims arriving in the city, and the square of Plaza de las Platerias, with its ornate ‘fountain of horses’.

Complete your tour at the beautiful Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos, where delicious canapés accompanied by wine will be served.

Essential information

This tour is operated by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven and cobbled ground, as well as a number of steps at the cathedral. Headsets will be used inside the cathedral to avoid disturbing the congregation. During mass services, visits and photography are not permitted. Photography within the crypt is forbidden at all times. Restoration works are being carried out at the Cathedral throughout 2018. The journey to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

Enchanting Pontevedra

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

With its historic buildings and pretty plazas, Pontevedra is one of Galicia’s charming cultural gems and is well worth a visit.

Pontevedra boasts one of the largest and most elegant historic quarters in the whole of Galicia and is itself the second largest city in the region.

The city has a wonderful collection of cobbled streets, historic buildings, secluded squares and typical shopping streets. View the many different displays of architectural styles including gothic, plateresque and baroque.

Join your guide on a walk around the old town of Pontevedra including some free time to browse the traditional shops and boutiques. Hear about its historical personalities and the city’s seafaring past, its geographical setting and the crafts and trades of its settlers.

Starting at Alameda square, your guide will point out many of the important monuments of the city, including the Ruins of Santo Domingo, Pazo do Concello, St Mary’s Church, the traditional Plaza de la Ferreira and many more.

To round off your tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing tea or coffee on the covered terrace in the beautiful gardens of the exclusive Parador de Pontevedra, a former 16th century renaissance palace.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1¾ hours’ walking (including free time) over uneven, cobbled ground and through some narrow streets. There are a couple of steps at the refreshment venue. Please note, the drop off point and pick up point for this tour will be at different locations. Shops are closed on Sundays.

Explore Vigo on Foot - Small Group Tour

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2¼ hours

Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour to explore many of Vigo’s most popular attractions.

One of the best ways to discover a city is on foot. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Montero Ríos Avenue, where you will see the statue of Jules Verne, who set the 2nd chapter of the famous fiction novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’, in the beautiful bay of Vigo. Continue through Concepción Arenal Street towards Compostela Square and Gardens to absorb the local atmosphere and modernist style of its buildings.

Your guided walk continues around the city centre, passing the so-called ‘money crossing’, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Príncipe Street, the García Barbón Theatre and the Puerta del Sol, considered to be the heart of the city and presided over by an imposing sculpture called El Sireno (‘The Merman’).

Continue towards the Old Quarter, passing Constitution Square, where you will stop for a drink at a lively tapas bar , before passing through ‘Cesteiras’ Street (Basket Makers Street), and Santa María Collegiate Church.

Round off your tour by passing the well-known Oyster Street with its oyster shucking ladies who will be sure to bring a smile to your face, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate entirely on foot from the quayside and involves some steps, slight inclines and uneven ground. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. There is the option to remain in town after the tour and make your own way back to the ship.

 

A selection of cruises to Vigo

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