The name “Vigo” is derived from “Vicus,” the name the Romans gave the area when they originally inhabited the city centuries ago. Over those many centuries, Vigo became known as a destination rich in maritime traditions with a strong emphasis on the fishing industry, though it wasn’t until the 15th century that Vigo was considered to be a real village and not just an extension of neighboring towns. In the coming centuries, Vigo was often under attack, but despite this, the city was still able to cement itself as a prominent port for commerce. In the 1800s, France temporarily took ahold of Vigo, but the people resisted and forced the French military back, making it the first city of Galicia to be free of French rule.
Vigo’s commerce and maritime past creates a culture rich in arts and cuisine today, which is most noticeable in the many museums and art galleries in town as well as the high quality of the seafood you can get at the eateries in Vigo. While tourism plays a big part in Vigo’s economy, the fishing industry is still a massive player as well. The Vigo, Spain cruise port is the world’s largest fishing port and one of the busiest transportation ports in the world.