A world-class fishing port city surrounded by lush mountains is at your feet when your western Mediterranean cruise ship docks at the Puerto de Transatlantico in Vigo. Shore excursions in and around the beautiful and historic Galicia coast of northwest Spain introduce you to its finest sights and sensations.
Vigo, Spain shore excursions to tour the city sights are an excellent way to get to know the particular joys of the Galician coast and its epic landscapes. As you arrive at the 17th century Fortaleza del Castro, built to ward off the British during the Portuguese Restoration War, you’ll have magnificent views of Vigo’s estuary, harbor, historic district, surrounding mountains, and the Cies Islands. You’ll pass close by the Cies Islands, part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, on the way to Baiona, a charming medieval port town where Columbus’s ship, La Pinta, returned from its historic New World voyages. Visit the 13th century Romanesque Collegiate Church, the Monterreal Castle, and the remains of the city’s 16th century ramparts.
The beaches of the Galician coast are simply spectacular, and Vigo shore excursions can whisk you away for a day spent on the white sand of Samil Beach. Enjoy a day of lively beach activities perfect for families, couples, or singles. Swim in the cool, sparkling sea, splash in one of the three pools, and kick back at one of the beach restaurants or cafes.
Discover one of the great places of Catholic pilgrimage on a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that captivates visitors from around the world. See the cathedral that is the final resting place of James the Apostle and hear about his remarkable life. On a walking tour of the town, you can explore the many historic monuments, including the Palacio Rajoy and the Plaza del Obradoiro.
The Galician coast is world famous for its seafood and its wines, and Vigo shore excursions offer opportunities to learn more about both. First, you’ll drive to Combarro, a picturesque fishing village. Next, stroll through the narrow streets and encounter several granite cruceiros (cross monuments) and shorefront houses with a hórreo (granary) at the back for drying corn or fish. Board a catamaran that will take you along the estuary to see the operations of a mussel farm, and taste the sweetest, freshest boiled mussels.
On your cruise to Vigo, spend a day exploring area wineries and tasting local vintages featuring the region’s premier grape, the Albariño. Discover cutting-edge macerating techniques at Agro de Bazan Winery, then drive on to Baiona to enjoy a wine tasting at a luxury hotel built within the walls of a medieval fortress.