Vigo is a city linked to the sea in its history and its economy, one of the main economic engines of Galicia is the most populous city in the Community with an active social and cultural life. Its outline generates the picturesque winding slopes of its historic center and the magnificent viewpoints, with the protagonist Estuary, offers pretty pictures. Usually sunny, warm but not sweltering summers, Vigo enjoys a microclimate in Galicia which makes it very attractive for tourism throughout the year.
Located in the estuary that bears its name, it opens out to the sea without complex, boasting of the harbor and beaches, known as "the Gate of the Atlantic".Its special configuration makes it a unique setting for nautical tourism, offering superb facilities for all types of sports tours of the estuary. A coast with numerous blue flag beaches and sandbanks of great appeal, as the Samil and O Vao, along with the heavenly Cies Islands, allow visitors to enjoy unique landscapes.
The biggest archipelago in the National Park of the Atlantic Islands is one of the sites and attractions of tourism in Vigo. Cies Islands has rich landscape, both fauna (especially seabirds) as flora, and offers beautiful natural surroundings, like crystal clear beaches and tranquil waters. The archipelago consists of three islands: Isla de Monte Agudo, Faro Island and Saint Martin. The first two are linked together by a long sandy beach, Rodas beach, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
The many parks and urban gardens, and wide variety of forest parks, which make hiking trails, turn the city of Vigo in a green paradise that is in contact with nature. Crowned by the Monte del Castro (excellent views without leaving the city center) contains traces of a hill-fort town, fortifications and monuments of the seventeenth century as the anchor, which commemorates the Battle of Rande. It is also a beautiful botanical park, featuring a variety of species both native and foreign species. From the Monte del Castro we can turn to the Paseo de Alfonso XII, magnificent vantage point over the estuary and the port, looking for the symbol of the city: the olive tree. Another unique viewpoint on the estuary is the La Guia. Should also mention Castrelos Park, largest urban park in Vigo, a large auditorium equipped with outdoor walking areas with ponds and variety of tree species. It also observes the presence of Vigozoo, natural science park specializes in the European fauna and the conservation of their species, and the only zoo in Galicia, that has exposure planetarium and astronomy.
Another symbol of Vigo is undoubtedly Rande bridge connecting both banks of the river and is one of the main gateways to the city of Vigo.