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Albarino Wine Tours Rias Baixas, Galicia, SpainAlbarino 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...
Camino 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...
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Sailing 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...
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Albarino 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...
Historic 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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Vigo - A Tale of Two Cities
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Vigo - 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. 

City and the Ria De Vigo, Islas Cies in the Distance, Vigo, Galicia, Spain, Europe
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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.

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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

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Private Galician Cuisine Cooking Class at Restaurante Roberto in Santiago de Compostela Hands-on Cooking Class followed by meal based on what you have prepared with your Chef at the fabulous Restaurante Roberto in Santiago de Compostela...more... Camino de Santiago Trail in Galicia Independently Walking with baggage transfers Walk the Camino de Santiago! This version of our Camino de Santiago is designed for independent travelers who would like to walk the last 100kms/62 mi of the Pilgrimage trail with baggage transfer from accommodation to accomodation...more... Riding 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...
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Santiago de Compostela Historical Walking Tour with transportation from Vigo Port On this full day excursion from Vigo 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... Tapa & Wine Tour of the Old Quarter of Vigo Port ~ Old Quarter at NightTapa and Wine Tour of the Old Quarter of Vigo Port On the this wine & tapa tour you will visit some of the emblematic taverns/bars/vinotecas of Vigo's Old Quarter. An excellent option for those who would like a light lunch or dinner tasting various Galician fine wines and tapas...more...

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AC 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 market produce. 
Hotel 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 including desks.
Hotel Zenit Vigo
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. 
Tryp Galeones, Vigo
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. 
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