Things to Do in Vigo

Saint John’s Night – Vigo

Every 23rd of June, the arrival of summer is celebrated during the shortest night of the year. It is a magical night, full of bonfires, dances, music, spells, queimada (traditional alcoholic beverage prepared with distilled grape or herb pressings) and sardines. Tradition has it that you have to jump over the bonfire nine times in order to be protected from the evils and to have good luck.

Christ Festivity – Cangas

This festivity lasts approximately twelve days and it is one of the most important events in the area. During the Christ Festivitiy, Cangas offers a wide and varied activity schedule for all tastes.


Concerts, attractions, music bands, DJs, fireworks, karaoke for children, workshops or activities related to comics, among others, are the main ingredients of the famous Christ Festivity attracting crowds of people every year.

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Ancestral Dances – Cangas

Cangas is lucky to have preserved a series of ancestral dances, declared as being of Galician Tourism Value. During some of the celebrations taking place in Cangas, these special dances with great cultural and ethnological value are performed. They quite unusual for the Galician folklore and are only performed in special days.

The Reconquest – Vigo

On the 28th March 1809, a popular uprising managed to expel the French invasion from Vigo, and the city became the first one in Europe to expel Napoleon’s army from a conquered square. One year later, Fernando VII would grant Vigo the title of “faithful, loyal and courageous city”.


For this reason, Vigo celebrates the Reconquest every year, during the closest weekend to the 28th of March. The old town turns into an outstanding medieval market, set in the 19th century, where everyone is dressed up with clothes from that time. It feels like a real trip to the past.
For three days, Vigo becomes a huge 19th century stage, with an amazing market set during the Spanish Independence War. The most noteworthy events are the historical recreations, with more than 500 people representing the French army fighting the Spanish people. The craftwork shows from that time, held in the market, are also worth mentioning, as well as all the music bands and dance groups that liven up the city.
In the establishments around this area, you can taste delicious meals, from small crabs and mussels, to empanadas (meat, fish or seafood pies) or churrasco (grilled thick cut of skirt steak), all washed down with local wines and traditional liquors. This great celebration in Vigo goes well into the night, with an unmatched atmosphere on the streets.
The Reconquest, declared as being of Galician Tourism Value, is the most important celebration in Vigo, the most loved one by the locals and a perfect occasion to plan a short spring trip to Vig.o

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Saint John’s Night – Vigo

Every 23rd of June, the arrival of summer is celebrated during the shortest night of the year. It is a magical night, full of bonfires, dances, music, spells, queimada (traditional alcoholic beverage prepared with distilled grape or herb pressings) and sardines. Tradition has it that you have to jump over the bonfire nine times in order to be protected from the evils and to have good luck.

Carmen Celebrations – Vigo

The Carmen celebrations are held on the 16th July, honouring the Virgin of Carmen, the patron saint of sailors. During this popular and well-rooted celebration in Vigo, the city is filled with land and sea processions. This is a unique show of spectacular nature and beauty.

Bouzas Celebrations – Vigo

These are held in late July, and the neighbourhood is filled with food stalls, street bars, attractions for children and outdoor dances for five days.


On the last day of these celebrations, starting at midnight, the sky is tinged with all kinds of colours thanks to the famous Bouzas fireworks.
If you intend to see the fireworks, you need to take into account that Bouzas is very crowded on that night. A very good option is to see them from the sea. At Mar de Ons, we plan a party aboard our flagship, Mar de Vigo, for you to enjoy an unparalleled evening event where you can have diner while admiring the amazing fireworks.

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Arnette O´Marisquiño – Vigo

Arnette O’Marisquiño is an event devoted to urban culture and extreme sports, which is held during the second weekend of August. Approximately 100,000 people gather there every year. It takes place at the Nautical Club in Vigo, and access is completely free.


During this celebration, Mar de Ons expands its regular services schedule between Cangas and Vigo so that you do not miss any of the most awaited shows of the year.

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