Christmas in Spain: Travel to Vigo for the Festive Experience

Dec 12, 2019 | Cíes Islands | 0 comments

Christmas in Spain travel is easy providing you have an itinerary and know where to go. Vigo in Galicia on Spain’s northwest Atlantic coast is arguably the best place in Europe for Christmas. It may not have the snow of Scandinavia, but you’ll be hard pushed to find a better place to go and wait for Santa to arrive.

With this in mind, let’s look at Christmas in Spain and why Vigo and the delights of Galicia is the perfect destination.

Christmas in Spain: Travel to Vigo Tips

Vigo is a hustling bustling city which is well known for its excellent seafood. It has a fascinating old quarter which features the neoclassical Church of Santa Maria. It is home to interesting and exciting Castro de Vigo archaeological site, and it is a gateway to the Cíes Islands which should be visited at least once.

Although you can fly, travel by train and car, the best way to get to Vigo is by boat. Here, you leave your vehicle in Cangas do Morrazo and take the ferry. The town of Cangas do Morrazo is beautiful in its own right, and you may want to spend some time here before moving on to Vigo.

The ferry sails directly into the heart of Vigo and is a beautiful trip in its own right. As you sail, you’ll feel more in a Christmas mood as the commercialisation of it falls away, and feelings of togetherness swell up inside you and your family.

Christmas in Spain. Travel to Vigo

Christmas in Spain Travel: Christmas in Vigo

So, now you’re in Vigo, and you’re ready to explore. Although you won’t see any snow in Vigo, you will have the full Christmas experience – Spanish style. A stroll through Vigo at the holiday time of year will dazzle and amaze you. Here are some of the biggest Christmas attractions in the city:

  • Christmas Lights – The Vigo Christmas lights are a wonder to behold. Around ten million LED lights and over 465 Christmas trees will light up the city at night. The biggest tree is over 60 metres high and is probably the biggest in the world. Vigo’s 1700 streets, 334 of them will be lit up in a dazzling Christmas display. As well as lights there are amusements and rides which are great if you have kids. The Ferris wheel, for example, is an excellent example of what you can do in the city.
  • Christmas Markets – Head to the city centre and have a wonderful Christmas shopping experience far removed from the usual humdrum of shopping at home. High street brands and Christmas markets are the order of the day in Vigo, and you can buy handmade goods, food products, and other unusual goods from the Christmas markets.

One thing you can’t fail to notice is that everyone is in good spirits. Ensure you snack on the delicious street market food as it is a culinary experience all of its own.

Christmas in Spain Travel: Boat Trips to Cíes Islands

While you’re in Vigo and with the wonderous Cies and Ons islands but a boat ride away, it makes sense to check them out over Christmas. The region is part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, and UNESCO protected because of their bioclimates, and unusual marine and surface wildlife habitats.

The islands feature beautiful views and beaches, natural woodland and dunes, and as they are only a boat ride away from Vigo, make for the perfect trip.

Spend Christmas in Vigo and savour have the best festive experience.