Drive through the city of Vigo to go to the Castro Mount for a panoramic view of the Bay at the site of
the old Citadel Fortress. Continue to Bayona La Real, a medieval town with an old quarter and historic monuments such as the Convent of the Dominicas, Casa Lorenzo Correa (now Town Hall) and the Misericordia Chapel. This place is now a popular summer resort, whose 16th century fortress has been converted into a Parador.
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port or Hotel
Included: Pick up/Drop off at the Port; Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees
Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified
In the Galician province
of Pontevedra, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city that
lends its name to the southernmost estuary of the Rías Baixas: Vigo. Its fishing
origin has left an historic quarter with a strong maritime flavour, which contrasts
with the modern facilities of its marinas.
The port of Vigo, one of
the finest natural ports in the world, was the origin of this city fringed by
mountains. Its maritime qualities were already exploited in Roman times. The
historic quarter, the so-called Cidade Vella, is articulated around the old
maritime quarter of O Berbés, near the port. Situated in this quarter, which
has Tourist-Historical Interest status, are the arcades around the Plaza de
la Constitución, fishing streets and emblazoned houses. One of the main features
of this network of tiny streets, in which most façades have glass-encased miradors,
is the Collegiate Church of Santa María, the Procathedral of Vigo-Tui. Neoclassical
in style, this edifice is constructed on the remains of a Gothic church burned
down by the pirate Francis Drake.
The modern sector contains
one of the best miradors over the Vigo estuary, the Monte do Castro mount. Located
amidst the forests and leisure areas are the remains of the hill-forts that
constituted the early settlement, as well as the ruins of the 10th-century O
Penso Castle, the layout of which was used for the construction of the 17th-century
Tower Castle still standing.
The large Municipal Park
of Castrelos is located on what once was the estate of the Quiñones de León
country house. The mounts of A Madroa and A Guía that lay around the city of
Vigo provide magnificent viewpoints from which to admire the surrounding landscape.
The route along the Vigo
Estuary affords the contemplation of historic country houses such as Baiona.
Its parador, an incomparable viewpoint over the Atlantic, combines elements
of the past, such as the medieval fortress, with vestiges of Galician stately