OVERVIEW: This guided tour of the Galician coastline highlights the active port of Vigo and a walk through an important fishing village.
HIGHLIGHTS: Travel by coach through Vigo with views of many landmarks on your way to Fortaleza del Castro for a panoramic view of the city, the Vigo estuary and your ship. In Bayona La Real, you'll visit the Monterreal palace, see the Romanesque Collegiate Church, and walk along the remains of the old walls and ramparts in this important fishing village.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over cobblestone and uneven surfaces with slight inclines and several steps.
This guided tour of the Galician coastline provides panoramic highlights of the active port of Vigo and a walk through an important fishing village. Sites visited include the Romanesque Collegiate Church and the Monterreal Palace.
- Fortaleza del Castro: Pose for a photo of the panoramic view over Mount Castro and the Vigo Ria
- Bayona La Real: Visit the Parador de Montreal and walk along the remains of the old walls and ramparts in this important fishing village
- Views from the coach include Vigo landmarks and the marshes of southern Galicia
Begin your half-day tour with a guided panoramic ride from the pier through Vigo. Drive through Vigo, a city that expanded greatly during the last century due to the importance of its active commercial port. Vigo has been a major Spanish port for centuries and it is where great Spanish galleons returned from the New World loaded with treasure and riches. Enjoy spectacular views from the coach as you pass the Cies Islands, declared a National Park. Standing amidst the forest and leisure areas are the remains of the hill-forts that constituted the early settlement. The ruins of the 10th-century O Penso Castle were used for the construction of the 17th-century Fortaleza del Castro where you’ll pause for a panoramic view and photos of the city, the Vigo estuary and your ship.
Continue along the coastline marshes of southern Galicia to Bayona La Real, one of the most important fishing towns on the coast. After Columbus' first voyage of discovery to the Americas in March 1493, Bayona was the town where the boat "Pinta" eventually returned. View the most prominent monuments that tell the history of this city, and visit the remains of the old walls and ramparts dated from the 16th century. See the Romanesque Collegiate Church, built in the 13th century and a collegiate church from 1482 to 1850. Witness the marvelous Romanesque rose window above the main façade. In 1841, several different style crosses formerly placed around the village were moved to the portico. Visit the Monterreal palace best known as Parador Baiona, which occupies the whole of its own small, fortified peninsula - "Monte Real." At the conclusion of your time in Bayona La Real, return by bus to Vigo and the pier.
Time permitting; enjoy a brief walk through the oyster stalls on Stone Street to glimpse the seafood culture in Galicia en route to the ship. This option is available only for the ships that are docked in the cruise terminal.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and local currency (Euros)
What to Wear:
-Strongly recommend wearing light, comfortable clothing and flat-soled comfortable walking shoes.
-Sun protection is highly recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over cobblestone and uneven surfaces with slight inclines and several steps.
-Tour order may vary to avoid congestion.
-Time permitting; a visit may be made by bus to the fisherman area where oysters are sold on the streets, for a spectacular view over the Cíes Islands. The islands were declared a National Park of Spain some years ago and their coastline is the perfect home for hundreds of mussels.
-Oyster Street will be only visited if the ship is docked at cruise terminal as the Bouzas Berth does not permit this stop.