A recent exploration around Vigo.

 

I have spent a lot of my time exploring European countries, in search of the perfect food and drink. I think I may have come close during my time here at Vigo, Spain. I visited Vigo on my latest cruise holiday.

About Vigo Porto: Vigo Porto is Spain’s most Atlantic region. It is the most populated city of Galicia and the 14th most populated in the whole of Spain and in my opinion Spain’s best. The beauty is astonishing in this city, which is in the middle of nowhere. There is a series of rainy landscapes, stretching from your feet to the horizon. There are mountains surrounding the city called Pico’s de Europa which are truly magnificent.

Just walking around the city you can see the true history of Spain, from an extremely old cathedral which has been drawing pilgrims and tourists alike in for over 900 years to structural luxury hotels and spas scattered across this location.

What to see: the city, is a simplistic city where its sights (or lack thereof) fall far short of its commercial swagger. You can visit old town, where its traditional Spanish ways are still afloat, from small shops selling anything from clothing to sweets and extremely posh restaurants which only the rich can go to.

The beaches surrounding this city are extraordinary. If you go out of your way and search for a while, you can come across such beaches with practically clear water, with fish swimming around your toes. Its cathedral is a must if you find yourself here, it is opulent and awesome, yet the towers create a sense of harmony as you see St James looking down at you from his perch.

Where to eat: the traditional fishing town with huge trawlers and fishing boats and even shipbuilding yards, you know they are going to have the best, freshest fish.

I am only going to recommended 2 restaurants in which you have to and will go to if you find yourself in Vigo. The first is a small tavern called A barrola. A Barrola is what you would imagine a Spanish tavern would look like, with polished wooden floors, a niche with fine wine and books galore. Offering house salads, mussels with santiaguinos (crabmeat), rice with lobster and all the seafood you can think of, this place is a must for speciality Spanish traditional food.

The second restaurant is a must. A casual spot for fresh fish and Galician food, Carretas is the expert. Just around the corner from Hostel de los Reyes catolicos ( hostel of the catholic monarchs), shellfish is the speciality of this restaurant. With a wide variety of fish dishes and an excellent customer service then you know you have found the proper Galician restaurant. Please, please, please order the Variado de maricos, which is an excellent display of a platter of langostinos, king prawns, crab, and goose barnacles which comes served with a shell cracker, this labour intensive meal gives you the true feeling of being Spanish.

Famous wines: Now onto the wine. Every restaurant, café and hotel will serve excellent quality wine and always offer you more when you have finished, but the city is known famously for albarino wine, It’s bitter residue and peachy, apricot taste, is so moreish and the price as you are so close to the manufacture is cheap, a bottle in this country is around £75, whereas in carrentas your looking at more £10, it is such a light wine with a highly distinct aroma which you crave if you are an avid wine lover. I must just say, if you are in vigo, it is a must to get albarino wine.