Fly To Vigo, Spain
This city is located in a picturesque bay and surrounded by lush forest ridges with panoramic views of the sea, and if you’re lucky enough to see Vigo from the sea, you’ll see it at its most picturesque.
Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, and it is also Spain’s main fishing port – its quays and wharves stretch for almost 5km along its shoreline. It’s the gateway to the Atlantic from Galicia, and offers a delectable combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and picturesque surroundings.
If you enjoy historic sights, you’ll be charmed by the old Ribera del Berbes fishing quarter, located at the bottom of the hill opposite the port. It dates all the way back to the mid 17th Century when Philip the Fourth was King. In fact, the old part of town has been proclaimed a Spanish National Monument.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African citizens travelling to Vigo do require a Schengen Visa to enter Spain. You’ll also need to make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and that you have 2 pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Madrid, Spain. Edificio Lista, Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y GAsset, 28006,Madrid. Phone: +34 91 436 3780. Website: dirco.gov.za/madrid/en/. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
See and do
In the mornings the town comes alive early as the fishermen sip coffee after bringing in the morning’s catch, and the markets display the catch of the day. In the town itself one finds steep, cobbled streets that lead to the charming old city, called O Berbes, which is full of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops serving superb tapas and seafood. Climb to the top of Castro Hill, named after the circular ancient ruins that you will see on one side. This is also the site of a 17th Century castle.
The port itself is full of trawlers, fishing boats and noisy shipbuilding yards, but you’ll find some charm here, on Rua Pescaderia, in an area called La Piedra. Here, the town’s renowned ‘ostreras’, a group of fisherwomen who have been selling oysters for over half a century, shuck the oysters brought into the port earlier that day. It’s a treat to watch them peddle their wares, and shuck those oysters so masterfully.
Further inland you’ll find the old part of the town with its narrow streets, and the fisherman’s barrio called El Berbes, home to the local fish market, where the fishermen sell their daily catch to store owners and restaurants. And then of course, the city has a number of excellent seafood restaurants where you can savour some of the fresh catch brought in by the fishermen that day.
For sunbathing and swimming head for Samil – one of the beautiful beaches in the area. A little further along the coast are some more stunning ones – Vao and Canido.
Vigo-Peinador Airport – VGO
Vigo Airport (code VGO) is located 9km east of the town of Vigo in Galicia, and 28km from the city of Pontevedra, both of which are located in north-west Spain. The airport is close to motorways, offering excellent access to north-west Spain and Northern Portugal.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Vigo Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: Carris Beiramar, Hotel Hesperia Vigo, Ipanema, Silken America Vigo Hotel, TOP Hotel Mexico.
Car Hire: Avis, Enterprise Atisa and Europcar.