Vigo Top 5
Collected by Ann Shields , AFAR Staff
Climbing uphill from the port, the streets of Vigo’s casco vello, or old town, retain their authentic flavor because locals still live above the neighborhood shops, taverns and tapas joints. The narrow streets open up to sunny little squares,...
Camiño da Galindra, 18, 36213 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Presiding above the port and city, the fortress citadel El Castro is now surrounded by formal gardens, terraces and shady paths instead of soldiers on parade. A walk through the well-used park reveals ruins of a 2nd-century B.C.E. Celtic...
Av. da Atlántida, 160, 36208 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Vigo’s Museo do Mar traces the relationship between the locals and the sea, but the depiction of New World exploration and the museum's focus on concerns like conservation in fishing practices and ecology set it apart from other maritime museums....
Av. Monterreal, s/n, 36300 Bayona, Pontevedra, Spain
Baiona became the first place in Europe to hear about the New World when Columbus’s ship, the Pinta, landed here in 1493. These days, the pretty little town enjoys its reputation as a summer resort. Visit the replica Pinta, and explore the shops...
Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Follow the well-worn footsteps of centuries of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, a spectacularly beautiful and historic city. The small and mostly pedestrian streets of the Old Town lead to and from the main cathedral square, Praza do Obradoiro....