Excursions

Tuesday 11th


 

Cíes Islands - Atlantic Islands National Park

 

Cies Islands

 

 

Duration (estimated): 5 h.


Departure (estimated): 15:00 h.

From the Port of Vigo


Return (estimated): 20:00 h.


Minimal group: 20 people


Price: 36€

 

   

Cíes Islands is one of the archipelagos that together with the Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada islands make up the Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. Their wealth of plant and animal life, combined with a spectacular landscape, make these islands a major and valuable cultural and environmental asset.


This archipelago consists of three islands, measuring between 1.5 and 3 km long: the Faro Island and Monteagudo Island joined by the Rodas beach, and the San Martiño Island.


The ferryboat will leave the Marina in Vigo and sail for approximately 45 minutes, offering spectacular views of the Ría de Vigo. Once in the island, you can walk upto the Alto do Príncipe (optional hiking trial and free guided visit), which goes through Monteagudo Island, crossing a forest area. The trial is 3.5 kilometres long and offers wonderful views to admire the contrast between both sides of the island from Alto do Príncipe. Furthermore, you will find other interesting places along this trail, such as Figueiras Muxieiro dune system, the remains of the old Cuncheiro (shell deposit) or the peculiar rock formation called Cadeira da Raíña (the Queen’s Chair).


You can also enjoy beaches with clear waters and fine golden sand. In particular, Rodas beach, with its suggestive crescent shape, was chosen as “the best beach in the world” by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2007.

 

 


 

Santiago de Compostela

 

Santiago      

 

 

Duration (estimated): 5 h.


Departure (estimated): 14:30 h.

From Mar de Vigo Auditorium


Return (estimated): 19:30 h.


Minimal group: 20 people 


Price: 50€

   

Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia, was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO thanks to its multicultural nature and as the final destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrims’ route: the St. James Way. It is one of the most important Christian cities in the world, together with Jerusalem and Rome. About 2.5 million people visit Santiago de Compostela every year.


Once we will arrive in Santiago, we will start a walking tour around the Cathedral and its amazing four squares: Obradoiro, Praterías, Quintana and Azabachería. There, you will find the most emblematic buildings of the city: the pilgrims’ hospital (nowadays transformed in the prestigious tourism parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos), the Pazo de Raxoi (headquarters of both the City Council and the Presidency of the Regional Government), the San Martiño Pinario monastery, the Casa do Cabildo and the Rectorate of the University. Santiago hosts the University of Santiago de Compostela, which was founded in 1495 and is the fourth oldest in Spain.


Before we return Vigo, attendants will enjoy free time (approximately forty-five minutes) for visit the “tastier” streets of Santiago. The Rúa do Vilar (Vilar Street) and its popular Tarta de Santiago (Santiago´s cake); the Rúa da Raíña with old bars, where you can enjoy traditional Galician cuisine and wines; or Rúa do Franco, with restaurants and bars that offer a wide selection of seafood and fish.

 

 


 

Vigo – Baiona - O Rosal (Albariño Wine Valley)

 

Duration (estimated): 5 h. 30 min.


Departure (estimated): 15:00 h.

From Mar de Vigo Auditorium


Return (estimated): 20:30 h.


Minimal group: 20 people


Price: 50€

   

On this trip, we will first visit Baiona, located in the south of the Rías Baixas region and protected from the open sea by a breathtakingly beautiful bay.


We will made a short tour around this fishing and touristic village. The Galician Regional Government declared the town’s old quarter as “Area of Historical and Artistic interest” in 1993 to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the arrival of La Pinta, a caravel-type vessel used by Christopher Columbus in his first journey to America. Baiona was the first town in Europe to have news from the discovery of America when La Pinta arrived on March 1st, 1493.


After visiting Baiona, we will travel to the area of O Rosal, known for its vineyards of the variety Rías Baixas. This area belongs to the Baixo Miño region that is located on the southwest corner of the province of Pontevedra. It owes its name to the Miño River, the most important river in Galicia that, in this area, serves as border with Portugal. We will have the opportunity to visit Terras Gauda winery (http://www.terrasgauda.com/). We will do a walking tour through the vineyards followed by a visit to the winery. The tour ends in the old distillery of the winery, where we will taste Terras Gauda and Abadía de San Campio wines and enjoy some traditional Galician "tapas".

 

 


 

 Miño River Cycling Trail

 

Duration (estimated): 5 h. 30 min.


Departure (estimated): 15:00 h.

From Mar de Vigo Auditorium


Return (estimated): 20:30 h.


Minimal group: 20 people

 

Price: 60€

   

This cycling trail goes along the Miño riverside and will allow you to take a full view of the valley of the Miño River. This 18 km-long trial is completely flat and links the Portuguese towns of Valença do Minho and Monção by using an old railway. You will enjoy sites of high ecological value included in the Nature 2000 network (cultivated fields and orchards, vineyards and forests), as well as fantastic views of monumental cities and medieval towers.


Starting point: Valença do Minho (Portugal)


Difficulty: very easy


Appropriate for all ages

 

 

On Your Own

 

  • Vigo City Tour

 

The best way to discover Vigo is to climb to the Castro hill to enjoy a great view of the whole city and its Ría. You can also take the turistic bus (http://www.turismodevigo.org/en/tourist-bus) to visit all the places that have made the city the main economic engine of Galicia: the harbour, the fishing port, shipyards, Citröen factory, etc. Wonderful beaches, like Samil, can be easily reached also by bus from the city center (Line N1/N2).

 

 

The narrow streets of the Casco Vello (Old Town) are full of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy typical Galician gastronomy. And don’t miss the oysters´ street!

 

 

 

Baiona  Redondela Cíes
     

Vigo is an ideal destination for cycling tourism in Spain due to its mild weather and spectacular location by the sea and its mild weather. This is the place to enjoy long biking routes.


You can rent a bike at www.turismodevigo.org/en/renting-bicycle

 

 

 

  • Ruta da Auga (Water path)

The Ruta da auga (Water path) is a nature trail in Vigo that runs along several access points and service roads to the channel that carries water from the Eiras reservoir, in Fornelos de Montes, to Vigo. The last section, near the town of Redondela, runs through an area of outstanding beauty, with forests and streams. Along the route, you can enjoy wonderful views of Vigo’s estuary and the Rande Bridge.

 

  • The Portuguese Way

The St. James Way through Vigo is one of the most beautiful sections of the Portuguese version of the Way of St. James. This pilgrimage route is a coastal detour of the Portuguese Way that crosses the Miño river mouth in Caminha (Portugal) and then continues parallel to the ocean along A Guarda, Oia, Baiona, Nigrán and Vigo, before returning to the main road in Redondela. In April 2016, the regional Government declared the Portuguese Coast Way official.


Difficulty: Medium-low


In April 2016, the regional Government declared the Portuguese Coast Way official.

 

 

 

 

Rodas beach

 

Samil beach

 

Vigo´s beaches are regarded as some of the best in Galicia, and there are a lot of them. In addition to Rodas beach (Cíes Islands), Vigo has numerous beaches. The largest of these and very popular throughout the summer months is Samil beach, which runs for almost one mile and has the typical fine white sand of the region and a promenade behind it.

You can also find beaches smaller than Samil but very nice and popular too, such as As Fontes and O Vao. All of them are easily accesible by bus from the city center.

 

 

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