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Wine Tour of the Rias Baixas Galicia Spain a Land of Seafood and Fine White
Wines Private driver/guided tour down the magnificent Atlantic
shore of Galicia's Rias Baixas, Albariño Wine Country. Fine wines
& seafood in quaint fishing villages on the Celtic coast…more...
de Santiago and Albarino Wine Walking Tour in Galicia Spain Walk
part of the Camino de Santiago trail during the Festival of St. James!
(July 25th). Follow the ancient pilgrimage trail and then down the beautiful
coastline of the Rias Baixas, Galicia, The land of Albariño white
wines and Fresh Seafood...more...
Food and Wine Tour in Misty Enchanting Celtic Galicia Green Spain
Deluxe Food, Wine & Cultural Tour in Galicia, Spain. A Private driver/guide
will show you gastronomical and historical delights of this area. Discover
distinct Spanish wines, cuisine, music…more...
Day Trip to the Cies Islands in a Luxurious Private Yacht A deluxe
sailing tour starting in Vigo, the most important fishing port in Europe,
with a beautiful bay holding secrets of sunken treasures & historic
battles. Blessed with fresh seafood, islands…more...
Along The French Trail to Santiago Riding from the border of Galicia
through un-spoilt countryside of hills, rivers, valleys, monasteries… arriving
in Santiago de Compostela as horse-riding pilgrims of the past…more...
Wines and Celtic Sites of the Salnes Valley Rias Baixas On this
private day tour you get a taste of what the Galician coast has to offer.
Follow down the Rias Baixas coastline passing villages, Celtic Hill-forts…enjoy
a seafood lunch, Albariño wines…more...
Santiago de Compostela Tour from La Coruna On this full day excursion
from La Coruna you will enjoy a guided tour of Historical Santiago. You
will visit the old quarter of the city and the stunning cathedral of the
Pilgrimage capital of Galicia...more...
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For Treasures in Pontevedra
in Southern Galicia
province of Coruna in Spain
- A Tale of Two Cities
The Rias Baixas Galicias Western Coast
- A Tale of Two Cities by Scott James
With regards to the tourist
industry within Spain, Northern Spain and in particular Galicia especially
have been very much a hidden treasure and hidden within lies a further
particular treasure called Vigo. Of all of the autonomous regions of Spain
Galicia is considered the most remote and therein lies the charm of Vigo
hidden away longing to be discovered. Galicia has always been seen as a
poor rural region, whose economy was dependent upon agriculture and fishing
and did not lend itself to modernisation and yet as far as tourism is concerned
it is this constant contact with the past that gives the region its appeal
and charm. The Galicians are fiercely proud of their culture and language
and their Celtic heritage; it is what makes them unique (they feel) within
modern day Spain. Galicia always seemed to be a very closed and inward
looking area being fiercely resistant to any formal external invasion and
in many ways this degree of isolation was very much driven by the geographical
location of the region. In what has been a mountain to climb slowly but
surely Galicia is now trying to manage successfully the twin track of its
regional lifestyle with a much more modern society and thankfully this
appears to have had very positive results with regards to tourism with
little sign of negative effects.
|Vigo is the largest city
in Galicia and is located on the western coast south of Pontevedra and
west of Ourense. Vigo is immensely important with regards to the Spanish
fishing industry and alongside Coruna is home to an industry that employs
some 61,000 fishermen and 16,000 boats.
Vigo is a city that displays
a rather remarkable and healthy geographical and sociological schizophrenia
in that it very much falls into two halves. You have the old part of the
town which is very much a working port, very down to earth and full of
traffic problems, urban decay, poverty are all present and evident all
over the place. However to counter this there are still memories of a golden
heritage as an important port full of passengers all bound for London,
South America and other parts of the New World.
You have architecture and
buildings that have obviously seen better days and down in the harbour
you'll find fresh seafood available that is as good as any you'll find
anywhere else in Europe. Contrast this with the new part of town around
the Marina which is full of trendy restaurants and cafés and the
difference is remarkable and you could very much think to yourself that
you had possibly just walked into some extremely rare Space Time zone!
Vigo as a town is centred
round a natural harbour and has existed for centuries. The harbour as we
know it had been used by Phoenician and Celtic sailors long before the
city as we know it was settled by the Romans. As a city Vigo's fortunes
have waxed and waned to a variety of degrees depending on what was happening
at the time, ranging from rapid expansion during the 18th and 19th centuries
and corresponding stagnation during the "Franco years" when Spain as a
whole became rather insular and isolationist.
A city very much full of
contrast and another place are well worth a visit.
Vigo Hotels / Top / Galicia
Rural Self-Catering / Vacation Rentals
About the Author: Scott James
writes about a great many Internet Travel based issues and more on the
above can be found at Accommodation in Galicia . For a more complete overlook
at Tourism in Galicia try http://www.turgalicia.es
FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
Read about Vigo:
- A Tale of Two Cities
GALICIA FEATURED HOTELS
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Palacio Universal, Vigo
Housed in a handsome building
dating from the late 19th century, and featuring distinctive contemporary
interiors showcasing modern art pieces, the Hotel AC Palacio Universal
is located by the harbour in central Vigo. Parque do Castro, a historic
site affording panoramic views, is 500 metres from the hotel and the Museo
del Mar (Museum of the Sea) is three kilometres away. This hotel combines
19th-century architecture with contemporary style, and houses a gym with
modern fitness equipment and a sauna. A range of therapeutic beauty
services are also available. Other amenities include a business centre,
a cell-phone rental service, and 24-hour room service. The Hotel AC Palacio
Universal's La Cuaderna restaurant is characterised by striking contemporary
decor and modern art, and serves a selection of dishes made with fresh
Husa Ogalia, Vigo
This seven-storey hotel
is housed in a contemporary property in the centre of the Spanish port
of Vigo on the Atlantic coast. The Islas Cies nature reserve is one kilometre
from the hotel and the La Madroa Viewpoint is four kilometres away. Vigo
railway station is 150 metres from the hotel and Vigo Airport is eight
kilometres from the hotel, an approximate driving time of 15 minutes.
The 24-hour front desk has a safe-deposit box and the public areas have
complimentary Internet access. Limited hours room service is available
and there are laundry facilities. Garage parking is available for a surcharge.
Restaurant Ogalia serves international dishes in a contemporary setting.
The 88 guestrooms over seven floors have light decor and simple furnishings
The Hotel Zenit Vigo is
housed in a nine-storey traditional Spanish-style property and located
in the centre of Vigo, between the two main avenues of Gran Via and Urzaiz.
The city's harbour is one kilometre away and Monte Castro Park is two kilometres
from the hotel. Vigo Airport is ten kilometres from the hotel, with an
approximate driving time of 15 minutes. Multilingual staff at the
24-hour front desk can provide room service. Complimentary wireless Internet
access is available. Two large conference rooms can accommodate meetings,
exhibits and banquets. Discounted guest parking is available in front of
hotel. The Restaurant La Rotonda serves traditional Galician dishes
with a modern twist, in a contemporary setting and is open Monday-Saturday.
This hotel is located in
Vigo. Museo de Arte Contemporanea is an area attraction. Another nearby
attraction is Balaidos Stadium. Dining options at Tryp Galeones include
a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited
hours. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting
rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available
in public areas. This Vigo property has event space consisting of conference/meeting
rooms and exhibit space. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property
amenities include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and multilingual
staff. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature bidets
and bathrobes. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones and complimentary newspapers.