Vigo enjoys a unique micro-climate. The warmest months are May to August, when visitors may want to enjoy the many bustling beaches. There are festivals celebrating the food of the region throughout June, July and August. March to April and September to October are cooler and the city is quieter. These shoulder seasons are an ideal time for walking tours of Vigo. The city’s biggest festival, the Reconquista, traditionally takes place in the last week of March. The months of November to February bring cooler, but still mild, temperatures to Vigo and visitors will experience the city as its inhabitants do, without the crowds.
Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, in north west Spain. Vigo is set on hills over a spectacular bay and is home to some 300,000 people. Visitors will enjoy a warm welcome and may want to begin their stay with an open top bus tour of the city. Vigo is well-known for its many beaches which are said to be among the finest in northern Spain. There are some 45 beaches in or close to Vigo for visitors to enjoy. The largest, Playa de Samil, is a short drive from the city centre with plenty of parking and a full range of facilities, including restaurants and a swimming pool. In Vigo itself, the old town is located around ancient fisherman’s houses and the city’s original port. At its heart are four large squares, where there are numerous atmospheric cafes. Above the old town are impressive newer buildings dating from the 19th and early 20th century, which reflect Vigo’s prosperity during this period. The city’s main museum is Museo Municipal de Vigo. Among its 1500 exhibits are works by Goya, Teniers and Fragonard. An archeological section is another highlight. The El Castro park offers impressive outlooks from a variety of purpose-built viewpoints, known by the Spanish as miradors. There are also ancient Roman ruins in this park.
Vigo’s old quarter is best explored on foot. Tourist guides are often available on the streets of the old town to help with directions and to offer historical context. The rest of the city sprawls over a wide area, and it is best explored by car. Bus services are plentiful, reliable and regular.
Vigo is served by Vigo-Peinador Airport, which is about 7 miles (11 km) east of the city centre. Taxis are available at the airport terminal and the journey time into Vigo is about 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Several car rental companies have facilities at the airport. A regular bus service takes passengers from the airport to the centre of Vigo and is the cheapest mode of airport transport. The journey can take up to an hour, depending on traffic.