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City of Beaches

Aug 18, 2007
Vigo is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Port of Vigo is the largest fishing port in Europe and one of the busiest in transportation. It is also home of the world's largest fishing company, Pescanova. Tourism is becoming the most important industry in Vigo. Every year Vigo is attracting millions of visitors. It plays a major role in the Vigo's tourism industry

The city is in Galicia on Spain's north eastern coast. The airport is just 9 kms from city centre and 28 kms from the city of Pontevedra.

The town is situated by the sea and that coastal area is so beautiful. It has over a dozen beaches within the city limits

The city grew very rapidly in the 19th and 20th centuries. If you have a strong sense of history, you will find they have all left their ghosts behind in Vigo's grey walls and steep streets. The old Ribera del Berbes fishing quarter is right at the bottom of the hill opposite the port and dates from the reign of Philip IV in the mid-17th century and is particularly atmospheric.

Plaza de Compostela square features many fine restaurants and food bars. You will be spoilt for choice in this city, the Galicians love their food plucked straight from the ocean and serve it up in style.

The range of fish in Galicia is extensive to say the least, with the tastiest being those caught just off the coast or in the rias it including sea bass, hake, turbot, grouper and sole. They are served in classic ways grilled, Galician style or in a fish stew.

The old part of the city, Casco Vello is certainly worth exploration with its tiny streets and little shops that sell all manner of local goods. Every Sunday a lively stamp and collectors market is held in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

Bairro de Berbes is where the sailors used to live. It is an ancient part of the city. Nowadays you can find lots of restaurants and tapa bars here.

Los Rederos is a huge monument of 7 fishermen trawling their nets and is a tribute to the fishermen who played an important role in the development of Vigo.

The Santa Maria Cathedral in the historical quarter is the best known church in Vigo with a revered sculpture of the Christ of Victory. The church was burned during Francis Drake's raid in 1589 and rebuilt in the early 19th century.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Vigo Villa Site
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