Vigo

An estuary surrounded by green forest ridges
Rúa da Pescadería and its fishmarket
The Castro hill

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Vigo/Santiago de Compostela

A spectacular natural port

Few cities enjoy such a magnificent natural setting as Vigo. Arrayed along the sloping southern shoreline of its namesake estuary, it enjoys superb views not only of the bay itself, surrounded by green forest ridges, but also out towards the ocean. It’s undeniably magnificent when seen from your MSC cruise ship as it enters the harbour during its tour of the Northern Europe.

These days, cruise passengers mingle with tourists arriving at the Estación Marítima de Ría off the Cangas ferry, and set off to explore the steep, cobbled streets that climb up into Vigo’s old city, known as O Berbés and crammed with shops, bars and restaurants. Along the seafront early in the morning, kiosks revive fishermen with strong coffee, while there and in the lively daily market hall nearby, the Mercado da Pedra, their catch is sold. Immediately below, on the aptly named Rúa da Pescadería, women set out plates of fresh oysters on permanent granite tables to tempt passers-by. 


A stiff but enjoyable excursion up from the old town, mostly along stone staircases, brings you to the top of the Castro hill. So named for the circular ancient ruins still visible on one side, and also the site of a seventeenth-century castle, the hill enjoys comprehensive views. 


The Museo Quiñones de León is the focal point of the large Parque de Castrelos, the extensive formal gardens and woodlands which begin 2km southwest of Castro hill. A nice excursion from Vigo is Pontevedra: a lovely old city, set slightly back from the sea at the point where the Río Lérez begins to widen out into the bay. A maze of pedestrianized flagstoned alleyways, interspersed with colonnaded squares, granite crosses and squat stone houses with floral balconies, the old quarter is always lively, making it perfect for a night out enjoying the local food and drink.

Must see places in Vigo

  • Pilgrims in Compostela

    Pilgrims in Compostela

  • Pontevedra fishing village

    Pontevedra fishing village

  • Monterreal Castle a Bayona

    Monterreal Castle a Bayona

Discover our excursions

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  • PONTEVEDRA & COMBARRO

    CITY TOUR

    VIG05

    Give yourself a taste of Galician culture and lifestyle on this introductory tour to two of the region's most popular destinations, the city of Pontevedra and the charming fishing village of Combarro. After leaving your ship and the port, a 30-minute coach ride will take you to your first stop: Pontevedra, whose name means "old bridge” after a Roman bridge that once spanned the River Lérez. A guided walking tour of the main sights will illustrate the city's rich history and let you soak up its appealing ambience. Free time is then scheduled for you to explore at your own pace, after which the tour continues by coach to the nearby Combarro, a picture-perfect fishing village on the shores of the Ría de Pontevedra with one of Galicia's best preserved historical districts. After paying this quaint part of town a visit, you'll begin your return journey to Vigo and your ship.Please note: this tour is not suitable for for guests with mobility limitations for long periods of walking on uneven ground.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$45.00Price per person

    • VIGO & BAYONA

      CITY TOUR

      VIG02

      After first making a brief stop at the Monte Castro vantage point to admire the beautiful view over the city, your tour then continues on to one of the most popular holiday destinations in Galicia, the pretty town of Baiona and its enchanting medieval centre, which is scenically situated by the outlet of Vigo Bay. You will have some free time to explore Baiona's main sights, which include Monterreal Castle and the Monte Boi peninsula, the clock tower and the Prince's Tower, the 13th-century Ex-collegiate Church and the 15-metre monument called the Virgin of the Rock. Your tour concludes with your return to the port of Vigo and your ship.Please note: this tour includes long transfers by coach. It is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

        VIG01

        From the port of Vigo on the Atlantic coast, a pleasant 1.5-hour coach ride will take you to the historical city of Santiago de Compostela, one of Spain’s most important religious centres. The city’s splendid cathedral and old quarter are both listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. You will have an opportunity to amble through the streets, narrow alleys and tiny squares before continuing on foot to the Plaza do Obradoiro, which is situated at the heart of the city and was named after the stonemason’s workshop that was established there while the cathedral was being built. An external viewing of the cathedral, an eclectic blend of various architectural styles including Baroque, gives you an opportunity to take some photos before you proceed with an internal visit. Return to the port. Please note: this is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, heart problems or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting the religious sites.
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        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • THE GALICIAN VILLAGES

        SCENIC ROUTE

        VIG03

        This tour offers a fascinating introduction to Galician culture. Leave the port for a guided trip northwards to the Rande Strait, past Pontevedra. Your guide will talk about the history of the region and point out the different locations of the “Ria Vigo”, which is shaped like a great mouth devouring a stretch of sea. Our first stop will be Cambados, famous for its production of the white wine, Albariño. We will continue to the Agro de Bazan Winery for a cheese and wine tasting session. These renowned cellars produce high quality wines made purely from the Albariño grape. Return to the ship. Please note: this tour includes periods of walking on uneven ground with steps; it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • Tasting included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • THE WALLED CITY OF VALENÇA DO MINHO, PORTUGAL

        SCENIC ROUTE

        VIG04

        With Portugal within such easy reach of Vigo, why not venture out and cross just over the border to visit the gorgeous walled town of Valença do Minho on this enjoyable half-day tour. A 45-minute coach ride will first see you reach the ancient town, which dates right back to Roman times. A guided tour then follows that will take you to the fortress, an example of Gothic and Baroque military architecture of which parts date back to the 13th century. A break is then scheduled for you to do some shopping, after which you’ll begin your return journey to Vigo. Along the way, a brief photo stop will be made at the 17th-century El Castro fort, situated high above the city, for the stupendous views of Vigo and the sea beyond. Your last stop on the tour will then be a look around the city’s oyster market before heading back to your ship. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Vigo

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Muelle de Trasatlánticos S/N
      36202 - Vigo

      Reach the port by

      • Train

        Vigo Railway Station is located very close to the port. You can take a taxi from outside the station.
        Train
      • Plane

        Vigo Airport is just a short journey from the cruise terminal. There is a taxi  rank immediately outside the airport building and a bus service. Note, however, that there are no bus stops in the Cruise Terminal area.
        The best bus to take is the 9-A to the Puerta del Sol bus stop, after which you will need to walk to the cruise terminal on Rua Carral.
        Plane

      Spain

      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      From the land of the windmills to the caliente Spain. An MSC cruise to Northern Europe is an excellent opportunity to visit some of the most fascinating cities of the Atlantic coast of Spain and the North Sea.

      The Spanish leg of the cruise will take you to the port of Bilbao, one of the most important cities in Basque Country, and to Vigo and Ferrol, cities of the colourful Galizia. Bilbao will enchant you with its historic centre, a maze of alleyways in which delicious cups of coffee are a continuous temptation, and the extraordinary lines of the Guggenheim Museum, a museum of contemporary art. Vigo is an extremely scenic natural port enlivened by the restaurants, shops and kiosks lining its seafront. Ferrol is also a very old city. A short distance away, close to La Coruña, there is one of the few light houses built by ancient Romans still standing, the Tower of Hercules.  A cruise along northern Spain also has spiritual appeal.

      Along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, there are setting off points for Santiago de Compostela, the destination of pilgrims from around the world anxious to visit the city’s great cathedral with its altar dedicated to Apostle James.

       
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