My last day in Vigo was extra special, because it was the first port I got to enjoy with my mom! She came to cruise for seven days with my aunt. After a rocky day at sea, we were looking forward to taking a walk on dry land.
We grabbed a map at the terminal and walked to a small park. We stopped at a café overlooking the park for some espresso and took a moment to map out our route for the day.
We went into a few shops to look for souvenirs on our way to the Castro, a fortified settlement in the center of the city. The Castro was at the top of a large hill. We were able to look out from all sides as we wove our way up to the top. At a lookout point, we read that there are 25 castros in Vigo. The city is much larger than I had realized!
After enjoying the views, we wandered through the streets in search of the oyster market. Along the way, we came across a large merman statue and a number of plazas. The market was lined with restaurants. You could purchase oysters at one of the many stands and take them to a restaurant with you.
We ordered a seafood platter and intended to also buy oysters, but the platter was too large for us to need any more food! We had various crabs and shrimp, pulpo (octopus) served with potatoes, delicious bread, and some refreshing white wine. The seafood was so fresh! It was my first time to eat proper crab legs. It took me awhile to get used to breaking the shell to get the meat inside, but it was well worth the effort.
With full bellies and smiling faces, we returned to the ship, excited for what the next few days would bring.
Vigo is my next on my wish list of Spain. I’m always excited to see visits like this. What was your favorite thing and what would you skip next time?
The seafood was absolutely incredible! It’s definitely worth going to the oyster market. I enjoyed the things I saw, so I don’t have any recommendations on what to skip. I would advise going farther away from the cruise terminal. I hope you’re able to visit there soon!