Early November morning and the two of us (my husband and I) on the way to the bus station in Limerick. Silence… In front of us, a young boy and all we could hear… “Are you going on your holiday?”. “Yes” – we answered. “Have a wonderful holiday!”, he shouted. Is this not an announcement of a successful weekend? We flew do Vigo on a short vacation, it was spontaneous and the decision was made virtually from day to day.
Galicia is different from the rest of Spain and is not the classical Spanish tourist destination, that you can see in a brochure. Galicia is also the land of a thousand rivers, fields and forests, and the air is very humid. Temperatures more moderate, in comparison to other regions of the country. The dominant here is green, coming from pine forests and covered with vivid flora of the hills. You get the feeling that this is the Central Europe, and not continental Spain. We saw exactly while flying plane, that this coast couldn’t belong to Spain.
The region and its capital – Santiago de Compostela – associated mainly with the Camino de Santiago. To one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. In Galicia there is more than 1000 km of such routes. The purpose of our trip there was not the capital of the region, but Vigo, port city lying on the Gulf of Ria de Vigo in the northwestern part of the country, near the Portuguese border. The main attraction of the city id fortress Castro, which was built in 1665 to protect the city from the incursions of enemies. Worth seeing places is old town called Casco Vello with its narrow streets, baroque palaces, and cafes full of charm. A picturesque place in the centre of narrow, steep streets, as if time has stopped here. We had walked these streets soaking up all their stories and wonderful atmosphere.
Galicia is the perfect place for a culinary journey, this is where the best seafood and fish come from, but also a large selection of soups and meat dishes, vegetables and desserts. It should also be mentioned – white wine – Albarino (Denominacion de Origen Rias Baixas), have been done with grapes grown in this part of Spain and northern Portugal, liqueur Orujo and queimadzie, a traditional alcoholic beverage from Galicia, served hot.
The ubiquitous tapas are a typical Spanish way and tradition of making your time in a bar more interesting. With a coffee, you are usually served a Churro, with a beer small colourful sandwiches, stuffed olives, pieces of empanadas gallegas or an octopus. Thanks to them customers stay longer, often ordering a second or third drink. To your drinks, you always get tapas for free. Numerous cafes invite you to a café con leche and sophisticated cookies. I must mention about this cute, small pastry shops with wonderful sweets, where chocolate and almonds give the impression of a boutique of diamonds. Almendras Garrapiñadas is one of the most addictive sweets in Spain.
Vigo is also the perfect place for lovers of nightlife. When night falls, music fills the whole town, and for visitors’ night clubs and restaurants await.
The modern part of the city also has a lot of bars, cafes, and shops, where everyone will find something for themselves. Well-functioning public transport is omnipresent. Unfortunately, we were in Vigo’s low season and most of the attractions were not available, but this lovely weekend will stay in our memory for long.
Vigo is a beautiful, green, mysterious and it only rains at times…Add to Favourites