Hiking routes

» Old Town Route – Cangas

On this route, the visitor will discover the historic and artistic heritage of Cangas do Morrazo, wandering through the alleys of its historic centre, with its “casas de patín”, so typical from the Rías Baixas, and its charming squares.
This route begins in the Alameda, where the sculpture of Don José Félix Soage, made by the great master Francisco Asorey, is found in 1914. Very close to it, the sculpture of Xoán Piñeiro ‘A Volta do Mar’ is erected, a tribute to those people who, day by day, go out in search of the precious fish and seafood of this rich coast.

One of the curiosities of Cangas is ‘O Reloxo’, an old meteorological forecasting equipment built at the beginning of the century, which is consulted by fishermen before beginning their voyages at sea.

From the Alameda, the route continues to Plaza del Arco, the old gate to the town. From there, a walk through the streets of Antonio Garelly and its skate houses will transport you to the Middle Ages, through these typical fishing houses of the Rías Baixas.

Next, the Rúa Real, with its emblazoned houses combined with beautiful buildings from the end of the 19th century that show off their white galleries and their coats of arms, shows us the most important monument in the town: the former collegiate church of Santiago de Cangas.

The Church of Cangas was built in the 16th century and raised to the rank of Collegiate Church in 1542. From an architectural point of view, this temple combines Gothic and Renaissance elements. From the late Gothic period is its basilica plan with three naves covered with star vaults, as well as the buttresses and pinnacles on the outside.

At the end of the 16th century, the sculptor Mateo López erected the Plateresque-style façade, one of the most beautiful in Galicia. In it, two bodies are distinguished where the four evangelists are represented. Above them, a triangular pediment in which the figure of Christ is found.

Inside the temple, the altarpiece of the main chapel stands out, where there is an image of the Christ of Comfort by the master Juan Pintos and a silver cross of great artistic value.

From here, and through the Rúa do Hío, you will reach the Barrio Eirado do Costal, the primary nucleus from which the town grew.

If you go up the Síngulis Street, where there is an old coat of arms of the Inquisition, you will arrive at the square of the same name, wich has a beautiful baroque cross.

The last stage of this route through Cangas do Morrazo is the Barrio de Señal, a small maritime borough where you can visit beautiful gardens and the Hospital Chapel, built in the 18th century and currently restored.

From there, a promenade begins that reaches Rodeira Beach, the main sandy area of ​​the town.


2,5km (return trip)


1h 30min (return trip)




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In the Congorza trail, history and culture interrtwine with nature and impressive landscapes. It is recommended to take this trail if you are travelling with children, because it ends at the Congorza Lake or Laguna Massó, also known as the “Laguna de los Patos” (“Duck Lake”), an area of a great natural richness and perfect to enjoy unique leisure moments.
The route starts from the Cangas marina, which is located on the north coast of the Vigo estuary, between Cabo Balea and Punta Rodeira, in the heart of the town, next to the tourist office and where the pier is located. of passengers from which Naviera Mar de Ons makes regular trips to Vigo every day of the year. Leaving from this place, the route heads north skirting the coast of O Morrazo.

The path continues along the promenade, past the fishing port and the marina.

Along this path you will arrive at the Factoría Conservera Massó, an old canning factory and one of the most innovative from the 1950s. Despite being in ruins, you can still distinguish the old whaling ramps and the facilities they had for their workers: nurseries, dining areas and showers.

Then, passing through Punta Balea, you will arrive at the Lago de la Congorza or Laguna Massó, also known as the “Laguna de los Patos”, a place of great natural wealth and an ideal area to enjoy unique moments of recreation.

» Congorza – Cangas Trail


2km (return trip)


1h (return trip)




round trip

» Cabo Home – Cangas Trail

This is one of the most beautiful and most wonderful coastal trails in Galicia. It links Cangas do Morrazo and Cabo Home, the westernmost point of the O Morrazo peninsula. This area is completely protected, making up the Costa da Vela Protected Natural Area, one of the few unspoilt places along the coast of Pontevedra.

This route runs around the Costa del Morrazo and ends in the Cabo Home Natural Area, an area of ​​great natural and scenic interest, from where you can see one of the most beautiful sunsets.

The tour starts from the port of Cangas and leads directly to the Massó complex, a set of buildings that are currently in ruins and that marked an important economic and business evolution for the Cangas population. Next, there is a small grove that leads us to the ruins of the old whaling ship.

Leaving behind the whaling buildings, you can admire the small Laguna da Corgonza, a place of great scenic beauty that safeguards a great diversity of species.

The route continues to Furnas and continues through an area of ​​spectacular cliffs overlooking the Cíes Islands and recently discovered archaeological sites, to the area of ​​the beaches of Liméns, Nerga, Viñó and Barra.

The path goes up a slight climb in which the remains of an old salting factory are found, until reaching Cabo Home, where the lighthouses of Sobrido, Rodeira and Cabo Home, witnesses to shipwrecks, adventures, and great historical events that took place there.

Cabo Home is a coastal area, open to the Atlantic Ocean, which is protected by the Cíes and has an important complex of dunes. It is a protected natural space, within the Red Natura 2000, together with Cabo Udra and O Facho.


24km (one way)


7h (one way)




One way
A beautiful path running along the coast of the Bay of Cangas, which allows the visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and enjoy a unique and unparalleled landscape.

The route starts from the port of Cangas and runs through the old canned Massó and the whaling ship, key buildings in the economic evolution of Cangas and that left their mark on its history.

The route continues through a tunnel that leads to an area of cliffs, more than 150 meters above the sea, with particular rock formations called “furnas”, caves created by the erosion of the sea on the coast.

The route ends at this point, from where there are impressive views towards the sea.

» Las Furnas – Cangas Coastal Trail


3,7km (return trip)


2h (return trip)




round trip

» Areamilla to Liméns Coastal Trail – Cangas

The Areamilla and Liméns Coastal Path is a fantastic hiking route that runs through the coastal landscapes of Morrazo. It is a route that begins in the port of Cangas and heads north along the coast and offers impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The first points of interest on this route are the old canning plant Massó and La Ballenera, authentic witnesses of the historical and economic evolution of this town so closely linked to the sea.

Next, there is another of the hidden corners of Cangas do Morrazo, the Laguna de Massó, a natural lake that is home to a wide variety of birds and has become a wonderful resting area.

Laguna de Massó is a unique area in O Morrazo, since there are practically no similar habitats in the region. Up to seven species of ducks live here, among which is the duck, which breeds and lives all year. It also breeds the redfish and, in winter, the coot appears. The white heron, the gray heron and the kingfisher rest and sleep in the trees that border the lagoon.

The last part of the route is the most beautiful and least known and runs along a path towards the Liméns Beach.

This path also passes through the Furnas, which are holes created by the sea that excavates from below and reach the top of the road.

The route ends by visiting Areamilla Beach, which is in a small inlet and has a Blue Flag; and Liméns Beach, a very popular beach in Liméns Cove and which also has a Blue Flag and a large number of services.


2km (return trip)


1h 15min (return trip)




round trip

Despite being the biggest city in Galicia, it is possible to discover much of the past, present and future of Vigo with a one-hour walking tour. Besides discovering the most surprising architectural landmarks in the city, you will also see some of the most relevant monuments such as La Farola in Urzaiz or El Sireno in Puerta del Sol.
This route begins at one of the usual meeting points for people from Vigo, the Lantern, designed by Jenaro de la Fuente, in 1932, and which is located next to the Museum of Contemporary Art, in the heart of Vigo, where two of the busiest streets meet: Príncipe and Urzáiz.

Following the route through Calle Príncipe until the end, we arrived at Puerta del Sol, so called because it was one of the seven entrances to the old walled town. Right here is El Sireno, a sculpture by the Galician Francisco Leiro, which represents the union of the people of Vigo with the sea, through a hybrid between man and fish.

In front, crossing the street, is the Plaza de la Princesa, where the Angelote stands, a monument that commemorates the Reconquest of Vigo, when in 1809 he expelled the Napoleonic troops, becoming the first Spanish city to revolt against the invader.

In this area is the historic district, a unique place with great charm, full of places where you can taste rich and varied tapas, washed down with a wonderful local wine. From the Plaza de la Princesa, the route continues to the Plaza de la Constitución, where the old town hall is, today the headquarters of the Casa Galega da Cultura. In this square you can see the arcades of the 19th century buildings that the artisans used to sell their products. Right there is the first electric light that was lit in the city.

The route continues on the left side of the square, where it passes through Rúa dos Cesteiros and through Plaza de Almeida, where the Casa de Ceta is located, the oldest in the historical area and today the headquarters of the Camôes Institute of Language Portuguese.

To the right of this square is the Collegiate Church of Santa María, which houses the image of the Christ of Victory, to whom the triumph over the French troops is popularly attributed. Just below is the Plaza de A Pedra, where the route ends and where you can taste the famous oysters from the estuary.

» Vigo in 60 minutes


2km (return trip)


1h 15min (return trip)




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» Monte de O Castro – Vigo Trail

This trail starting at Monte do Castro offers one of the walks with the best views of Vigo. Located right next to the shopping streets and the administrative and residential areas in Vigo, O Castro is the largest park in the city centre and, together with Parque de Castrelos, its true lungs.
The walk begins at the highest point of the mountain, right in the center of the fortress that crowns it, some seventeenth-century walls that today are the best viewpoint in Vigo. These walls house a garden decorated with various sculptures, such as the Camilo Nogueira monument to Vigo or the tribute to the medieval poet Martín Codax.

Going down the roads that border the O Castro fortification in the direction of the historic neighborhood, you will come to a viewpoint where the Rande Galleon Monument is located: three anchors and several cannons found at the bottom of the estuary.

The route continues to the left, where you can find the archaeological remains of the first inhabitants of Vigo: circular stone houses from a castreño town from the 2nd century BC, which give its name to the mountain.

Finally, going back a little, descending towards the historic center, is the Town Hall tower. Just behind him are the remains of the San Sebastián fortress, the other great defense of the city, along with the O Castro fortification.


2km (return trip)


1h 15min (return trip)




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This route lasts approximately for 90 minutes and it allows the traveller to visit the must-sees of Vigo with a short, entertaining walk. This route will take you to the old town and allow you to discover the aspects that make Vigo the most modern city in Galicia. The route starts at the Ocean Liners Dock and reaches the city centre.
This route begins with a walk through the Avenidas gardens, the city’s waterfront. Along this route and the parallel Parque de la Alameda, in the Plaza de Compostela, you can see excellent examples of the stately architecture of Vigo from the end of the 19th century, when the city began its greatest development.

Going up Calle Colón you reach Calle de Policarpo Sanz, where the most significant buildings of the golden mile of Vigo architecture are found, such as the García Barbón Theater or the headquarters of several banks.

Continuing along this street, the route ends at the Puerta del Sol, where the Sireno stands, a sculpture half man, half fish that symbolizes the symbiosis of Vigo with the sea. Here begins the pedestrian and commercial Calle Príncipe, at the end of which is the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Returning to Puerta del Sol, we cross into the historic neighborhood through Plaza de la Constitución, where the old town hall is located. From this arcaded square several streets depart with craft shops and typical gastronomic products.

The route through the streets of the old town towards the sea, passes through the Collegiate Church of Santa María, the main church of the city and ends at an air walkway that crosses to the A Laxe Shopping Center, in the Trasatlánticos Dock, an area of excellent Galician gastronomy in which seafood and wines with Rías Baixas designation of origin stand out.

» Old Town Route – Vigo


2km (return trip)


1h 15min (return trip)




round trip

» Vigo Panoramic Trail

This nature trail borders the whole city and goes along its hills.
It runs for 40 kilometres and it is the longest hiking trail in Vigo. Given its length, it can be completed in 3 stages lasting 5 hours each. The starting points of several shorter trails can be found along this path.


40km (return trip)


15h (return trip)




round trip

The Blue Path, which includes the so-called Lagares river path, is a quiet river walk that goes from Vigo to its beaches.
The Lagares Route can be accessed from numerous streets in the center of Vigo and covered in small sections: its total length to Samil Beach is about 8 kilometers.

Once the tour along the river is finished, you can continue along the Blue Path, whose layout includes the walk along the river and continues along the beaches of Vigo. Through this route, you can see picturesque sandy areas, framed in a natural enclave of great beauty.

» Track Azul – Vigo


8km (return trip)


15h (return trip)




round trip

» Route of Agua – Vigo

This famous natural route runs through various accesses and service routes of the canal that transported water from the Eiras reservoir, in Fornelos de Montes, to Vigo.

The last section, from the municipality of Redondela, runs through an area of great beauty, between forests and streams, and from it you can see a good part of the Vigo estuary and curious perspectives of the Rande Bridge.

Along this route you will come into contact with beautiful and varied natural species, and it is an ideal leisure activity to go with children, since it has no slopes and is a simple route.


8km (return trip)


15h (return trip)




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» Excursions in Cangas

Routes are the best option to plunge into the history of this marine town, discover its white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, admire the sunsets over the Atlantic Oceans with Cíes Islands on the background, get in contact with nature and go along the coast. This is the perfect place for adventurers, nature lovers and inquisitive people willing to discover new corners.
Adventure sport
Travellers can cross the sea on kayaks while enjoying the beauty of the city from a new point of view, with the traveller at the centre of the experience. It is the perfect choice both for beginners and experienced kayakers who are willing to be captivated by the magical views of the Bay of Vigo.

» Kayak

» FlyBoard

FlyBoarding is a new sport that has shaken up the world.
It allows to rise in the air on a board, which has two jetted water jets incorporated, generated by a jet ski or a two-motor boat.

It is an activity that everyone can practice, from 16 years to 60. Its handling is very easy and intuitive. In just 5 minutes practicing FlyBoard you will be flying and living a unique experience, surrounded by a landscape of incomparable beauty


Enjoy the majestic natural shapes hiding under the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dive and discover hundreds of animal and plant species with unique features. Under the sea, you will find one of the most important marine ecosystems, with an amazing biological diversity.

» Diving

» Windsurf – Cangas

Adventure sport
Windsurfing competitions are organised in Cangas, which is fostering this sport among young people and trying to share the passion for the sea with everyone. Come and practice windsurf on the turquoise waters of Cangas for an unforgettable holiday.
Shopping in Vigo is a perfect plan to take some souvenirs from the city back home.
Discover shopping areas for all tastes and pockets. In Vigo you will find, from the gleaming windows of Calle del Príncipe, to the typical market where you can browse among stalls selling products from the garden or search for bargains and trinkets.

The shopping centers are present with the best Galician fashion and in the pedestrian areas you can visit small shops and traditional crafts.

» Shopping – Vigo

» O Cambón Interpretation Centre

The Interpretation Centre is located in the historic building of Cambón, behind the Church of Santa María. It is the headquarters of the staff working at the Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park, and a place to spread the knowledge about the park. It provides the visitors with information about the flora, fauna and marine environment of the natural areas making it up.
At the park, you will see the great biodiversity that hides on each of the islands making up the National Park and underwater. Specific activities for children and workshops for adults are occasionally organised there, making it a very important environmental education centre.
At O Cambón Interpretation Centre, some research projects are carried out, all focusing on the National Park in order to emphasise its value and preserve its natural areas.
Vigozoo is the only zoo in Galicia, and it is a perfect place to spend the afternoon with your family, discovering different animal species and being in direct contact with nature.
Its enclosure in A Madroa is about 10 kilometers from the center and occupies more than 55,000 square meters of surface.
In this zoo there are mammals from Africa, Asia and America, such as lions, tigers and brown bears; or species typical of the Peninsula such as the European lynx. In addition, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of zebras, the friendliness of monkeys and the greatness of the wolf.

The different animal species are distributed by zones with appropriate characteristics for each species. For example, in the Exotarium live more than 50 species of insects, arachnids, amphibians and reptiles; and in Nocturama species of nocturnal habits live, in facilities that remain in the dark.

» Excursions in Vigo: Vigozoo

» Museum of Sea – Vigo

The city of Vigo is strongly linked to the sea, since it was created and it grew thanks to the port, which has always marked its history and economy.
In the Museum of the Sea, the connection of Vigo and its people to the sea can be explored, and you can also learn about the history of fishing in the area.
Visiting the different rooms in the museum, you can learn about all the aspects of the fishing activity, as well as seeing its development throughout the years: fishing, aquaculture, preservation methods from the old salting systems to the modern freezing methods, the technical advances in vessels, or marine biology.

The visit ends at the aquarium of the Museum, where visitors can see the main ecosystems that can be found from the docks and the steep coast of Cíes Islands.



» Prehistory

From the 10th century B.C. until the 6th century, there is evidence of the existence of a fortified town in the Iron Age in Monte Facho. Later, in the 7th century B.C. in this same spot, the fortified fort emerges, which remained in the same location until a Roman sanctuary of worship to the Galician god Berobreo was built in the 2nd century.

During the Roman occupation, these lands depended on the city of Lugo (Lucus Augusti). They were inhabited by the Helleni or the Grovii, who lived in the castros.

Although these lands were the southernmost tip of the Conventus Lucensis, historians agree that Cangas was politically Lugo but culturally Bracarense, since all the remains found are identical to those of the immediate Conventus Bracari.

In Cangas there are remains of several castros, but the most prominent are O Castelo in Darbo, Liboreiro in Coiro and Facho in Hío. In the last one, right on the edge of the precipice over the Atlantic, an important center of worship was built. A significant collection of Roman antiqüities has been found in honor of the Galician Roman god Berobreo. The location of this place, where spectacular sunsets occur, seems to justify its use as a sanctuary.

» Roman empire – Cangas

» Century XII

The first written references to Cangas date back to 1160 in a donation from King Fernando II, the first documentary reference to the town of Cangas.
In 1467, one of the most significant events in the history of Galicia began, to which Cangas, of course, was no stranger.
The abuses and excesses of the Galician nobility were of such magnitude that they had plunged the Kingdom into complete anarchy.

Thefts and crimes were common throughout the country, substituting order and justice for the law of the fittest. In addition, the excessive desire of the feudal lords to enlarge and enrich themselves led them to usurp ecclesiastical lordships and to lead continuous confrontations with each other.

Already for the first half of the XV century there is news of settlements on the coast from neighbors from the interior.

In the year 1467, the residents of Cangas unite against the abuses that the Galician nobility had been committing and participate in the so-called Second Irmandiña War, taking the Darbo tower, which belonged to the archbishop’s miter of Santiago de Compostela, from the year 1184.

» Century XV – Cangas

» Century XVII – Cangas

Piratas Berberiscos

In the year 1617, the most dramatic events that Cangas lived throughout its history took place. On December 4, eleven Turkish-Berber corsair ships anchored in the Cíes Islands with the purpose of causing the greatest possible damage to the possessions of the Spanish Crown.

The pirates tried to seize Vigo before directing their prows against Cangas, which was then a humble fishing village, totally unprotected, which did not have a fortified area, nor an artillery. In the early hours of the morning, around 1,000 men disembarked at Rodeira Beach and Punta Balea, before the terrified people of the place. The depleted troops were joined by numerous poorly armed neighbors, leading a desperate fight, in overwhelming numerical inferiority.

Within a few hours, those who managed to flee to the nearby mountains could see a frightful spectacle: the town burned on all four sides and dozens of corpses littered the streets. The Turks dedicated themselves to looting the surroundings for three days and with them they took a great booty, but also dozens of people facing the captivity of Algeria.

The town of Cangas took a long time to recover from that disaster.

María Soliña, the inquisition in Cangas

Between the years 1619 and 1628, many Cangas women were tried by the Inquisition for alleged “witchcraft”. Today we know that those wretches were actually victims of an invention of the inquisitors. The hunt for “witches” was directly caused by the general impoverishment that followed the Turkish invasion of the year 1617. Among all these women, María Soliño, the protagonist of several cantigas, stands out.

Battle of Rande

In 1702, the Cangas coast was the scene of one of the bloodiest naval battles that recalls the history of Europe. At that time, the succession to the Spanish Crown was at stake and the possibility that Felipe de Anjou, grandson of the Sun King, would gain access to the Spanish throne, provoked the energetic reaction of the other powers, fearful of seeing the two powers united.

On June 11, 1702, 19 Spanish galleons sailed from Havana, bound for Cádiz, escorted by 22 French ships, carrying the greatest treasures that had never crossed the Atlantic.

Although a little distant from the battle site, Cangas witnessed the important Battle of Rande, where a squad composed of English and Dutch ships confronted the Franco-Spanish squad that guarded the most valuable cargo that was brought from the lands of America.

Already in the eighteenth century, the salting industry improves the economy of the area.
In the year 1750, several factories were installed in Aldán and Hío, which in the 20th century would become canning factories, which constitute the main industrial activity. In fact, in Cangas was one of the three existing factories in Galicia for the treatment of the whale.

The main canning industry, Massó, which came to have more than 1,000 jobs, would go into crisis in the eighties, at the same time as the fishing crisis worsened, generating a new period of economic decline that finds an outlet in tourism and active participation in the Vigo region.

» Century XVIII – XX – Cangas

» Factoría Conservera Massó

The Factoría Conservera Massó was an important company that led to an economic advance in the history of Cangas.

It is a canning complex, opened in 1942, which had the latest technology and facilities for workers such as a kindergarten, dining areas and showers.
The Factoría Conservera Massó represents a clear example of the importance that fishing, salting and canning had in the development of the Galician industry. Massó created several factories distributed between the municipalities of Bueu and Cangas do Morrazo.



» Traditional Dishes – Cangas

The local cuisine of Cangas do Morrazo is closely linked to the resources available in this area, especially fish and shellfish caught in the coast.

Always true to the Galician cuisine, Cangas offers traditional dishes such as Galician pie, shoulder ham with turnip tops, and tripes with chick peas. Among the favourite desserts, leche frita (fried custard powdered with sugar and cinnamon), filloas (a type of pancakes) and cheesecake must be mentioned.
Seafood is eaten throughout the year, whether mussels, clams, cockles, spider crabs, barnacles, natural oysters, etc. These extraordinary dishes are usually served together with the well-known Donón or Albariño de Hío, typical Galician wines.

Several factors contribute to the success of the cuisine from Vigo: the great tradition of Galician cuisine, which is one of the most varied, tasty and renowned cuisines in Spain; the wide variety of options; and the exceptional port of Vigo, which provides our markets and restaurants with the best raw material.

It is not surprising that seafood is the main protagonist of all dishes, taking into account the 1500km of coastline, the many estuaries and one of the main fishing ports in Europe.

Vigo’s great diversity of gastronomic products is unique and especially representative of Galician cuisine, combining fresh farm and sea products. Therefore, in the markets and kitchens of Vigo you will find high quality products for all tastes and diets.

The art of oyster tapas was born in Vigo in the historic district. No one knows when, but they were already famous among the French troops of the Reconquest. At Pescadería Street you can enjoy these delicious bivalves at noon, accompanied by a good Albariño, a Ribeiro or a beer. The ostreiras is quite a spectacle opening their very fresh product with incredible skill and speed, much celebrated by the many customers who are barely waiting while hundreds of oysters are dispatched.

The exquisite and renowned fresh seafood and fish, recently arrived in port from all seas, has become a tapas: prepared according to tradition or with the unique knowledge of signature cuisine. It is an exquisite delicacy that can be enjoyed both in the most select restaurants and in modern taperías, in traditional taverns or on the terrace of any bar, at noon or at dusk.

» Quality Products – Vigo

» Food festivals in Vigo

The Seafood Fair is held from Thursday to Sunday, during the second weekend of September.

This celebration is organized by the Port of Vigo, in commemoration of the arrival of the months with “r” and the opening of the season of the best seafood in the Bay of Vigo.
Every year, 40 different varieties of seafood are sold at this party, at very affordable prices. All seasoned with craft stalls and folk dancing, from Thursday to Sunday. At the Seafood Festival there is a take away service that allows you to take the seafood platter anywhere in a practical box.


» Monte San Roque – Cangas

The Monte de San Roque is located very close to Cangas, towards Darbo.
It is a large forest populated mainly by pine trees, in which there are several ideal routes for hiking and other activities.

There is the Ermita de San Roque, a place where a popular pilgrimage is held the third week of August. There is also a viewpoint, known as the Balcón do Rei, from where you can see spectacular views of Cangas and the Bay of Vigo.

This natural space, which is located right next to the urban core of Cangas, sits on land declared since 1990 as Protection of Natural Spaces by the Regional Planning Department. It stands out for concentrating a multitude of habitats in a small area and for being an area of great scenic beauty that has various beaches such as Congorza, Do Medio and Areamilla.

Punta Balea is a space with great richness in both flora and fauna. In this area there are more than 400 species of plants cataloged, numerous species of coleopteran insects and butterflies, more than 5 different types of amphibians, 14 types of reptiles and up to 140 different birds of which 23 are raised in the area, as well as 20 mammal species.

In its extension, they can be found with species such as herons, seagulls, stone turnsts and biliaries, up to 19 species of waders and 9 of seagulls. Birds such as sea crows, araos and terns live in the sea.

In the sea cliffs and areas with little soil, we find sea parsley, brave garlic, two orchids, and species of great interest in the Galician context such as the grass to fall in love.

In addition, in Punta Balea seven species of bats fly and other mammals appear such as the small weasel or mustela, the chub hedgehog, the mole, the furan and, occasionally, the jineta and the fox.

» Punta Balea Natural Space – Cangas

» Congorza Lake – Cangas

This lake is the most peculiar habitat in Punta Balea. It was originally a wetland in summer which was completely flooded during the winter. It is a protected area in O Morrazo, and it has a unique beauty, since there are barely any similar habitats in the region.
Up to seven species of ducks live here, among which is the duck, a species that breeds and resides in this area all year round. It also breeds the redfish and, in winter, the coot and the kingfisher appear.

Along the path that goes from O Facho to Cabo Home is the Pinar de Soavela, a forest populated by pine trees, on the side of the cliffs of Soavela (or Costa da Vela). It is a Protected Natural Area as it constitutes an important dune ecosystem that extends to Barra Beach.

Cabo Home is a “protected natural area” within Natura 2000, together with Cabo Udra and O Facho, the oldest place of pilgrimage in Galicia, with 100 roman altars which honoured the Galician deity of the God Berobreo. These settlements are very close to the Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park and they are a magical place of unparalleled value.

In this spectacular open-air geological museum, you will find spectacular cliffs over 150 meters above sea level, with particular rock formations (furnas) and with spectacular views of the Cíes Islands.

This fantastic place is made up of a large formation of dunes and the cliffs of the Costa da Vela, framed by a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees, with various trails.

The beauty of the marine viewpoints, along with the beaches and archaeological sites, are still today the main attractions of this excellent natural destination between the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra.

It is a place to get lost; to enjoy the sea and the beach; climb Monte O Facho; and walk from Cabo da Vela to Cabo Home.

It is a unique and charming site with beautiful views of the Galician coast.

» Cabo Home Natural Area – Cangas

» O Castro – Vigo

The Monte de O Castro is one of the best known places in Vigo for the impressive views of the estuary that can be seen from its top.
Vigo was born in this archaeological site, between the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, and from this beautiful mountain the city grew, meandering between the slopes, until it became the city that it is today.

O Castro is an archaeological site of 1,800 square meters that includes the reconstruction of 3 castle buildings in one of the most extensive and evolved towns in Galicia. This small part of the Vigo oppidum shows how the inhabitants of the castros lived 2,000 years ago.

Also known as the Finca de la Marquesa or the Parque Municipal Quiñones de León, the Parque de Castrelos, located in Vigo, has great landscaping and botanical value. In 1955 it was declared a Historic Garden and a Site of Cultural Interest.

Today it is the largest park in the city and has historical gardens. a wide variety of green spaces, an auditorium, wooded areas, etc. It is an ideal rest area and a true green lung of the great Galician city.

It is located in the parish of Castrelos, near the Balaídos Stadium, between Avenida de Castrelos and Avenida Antonio Palacios. It is crossed by the Lagares River and the Prado Viejo street and it is undoubtedly one of the obligatory stops for those who visit the Olivian city.

» Castrelos Park – Vigo

» Monte O Cepudo and Monte Alba

Monte O Cepudo, located in Valladares, is one of the highest points in the entire Council of Vigo, being 20 m higher than its twin mount, Monte Alba.
This mountain is part of a 42,200 m2 forest park that has services such as a restaurant, tables, grills and fountains perfect for eating outdoors and above all, the best views in all of Vigo.

In Monte Alba there is a chapel of the same name that is located on the remains of an old fortress. Scattered throughout the area, in this mountain we can find various stone sculptures that have been part of this mountain since 1999.

The Monte de A Guía is located in the upper part of the Teis neighborhood. Presided over by the hermitage of A Nosa Señora das Neves, the whole area is an impressive natural enclave, through which it is possible to stroll listening only to the sound of the sea.
The hermitage of A Nosa Señora das Neves was built in 1950 by the architect Manuel Gomez Román who was in charge of building the new church on the remains of a previous temple from the second half of the 6th century, with Baroque elements. On August 5 there is a popular pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin, in which the people of the sea appreciate their protection.

» Viewpoint of A Guía – Vigo



» Easter – Cangas

Cangas Easter is one of the most important in the entire Community and constitutes a celebration of renowned solemnity throughout the province.
It is a historically consolidated tradition with popular roots, where everybody is involved since the 18th century, when the Cofradía de la Virgen de los Dolores y de la Soledad was established.

What stands out is its own personality, the showiness of its processions, the art of its ‘pasos’ (the elaborate floats made for religious processions) and its great cultural appeal. Easter in Cangas is the manifestation of a tradition of a fishing village that throughout its history was enriched.

Enjoy the Fiesta del Cristo of Cangas, a celebration that has numerous and varied activities during the last ten days of August.

The Fiesta del Cristo is the most important religious festival in Cangas and has a program that includes events such as sports events, pasarrúa, exhibitions, festivals, fireworks, processions and various religious acts in honor of Cristo do Consolo and the Virgin of Carmen.

» Fiesta del Cristo – Cangas

» Ancestral Dances – Cangas

Cangas is lucky to have preserved a series of ancestral dances, declared as being of Galician Tourism Value.
In some of its festivals, these special dances are performed that have great ethnological cultural value. These dances are atypical for Galician folklore and are only danced on certain days.

All of them are several hundred years old, but their origin is, surely, much more remote. One of its peculiarities is that the dancers wear costumes of great showiness.

Since they are only celebrated occasionally throughout the year, if you have the possibility to visit this place on the indicated dates, you will be deeply impressed with a unique and exclusive show.

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, every year, the weekend closest to March 28, Vigo commemorates the Reconquest. Its historical area becomes a spectacular medieval market, set in the 19th century, in which everyone is characterized by clothing from the period. It is like a real trip to the past.

During those three days, Vigo becomes a huge 19th century setting, with a spectacular market set at the time of the Spanish War of Independence. The most outstanding acts are the historical reenactments, with more than 500 people representing the French side fighting against the Spanish side. Also worthy of note are the craft demonstrations of the time, which take place in the market, as well as the more than 30 musical and dance groups that animate the city.

In the premises of the area you can taste delicious delicacies, from nécoras (crabs) and mussels, to empanadas or churrasco, accompanied by local wines and traditional liqueurs. This great party in Vigo continues into the night, with an unbeatable street atmosphere.

The Reconquest, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, is the most important festival in Vigo, the most beloved by the people of Vigo and a unique occasion to plan a getaway to Vigo in the spring.

» The Reconquest – Vigo

» Night of San Juan – 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.

This festivity of San Juan is celebrated in different areas of Vigo such as Navia, Balaídos, Beade, Valladares, Berbés, Coia, Castrelos, Saiáns, San Andrés de Comesaña, Alcabre, Cabral, Coruxo or Samil.

The typical food of that late-night are cachelos (potatoes roasted with their skin) and grilled sardines. The typical drink is the Queimada, a magic potion of brandy with fruits and a lot of sugar, which is burned in a kettle while a spell is recited. Other typical desserts are filloas, orellas de frade, and chulas.

The Carmen celebrations are held on the 16th July, honouring the Virgin of Carmen, the patron of sailors.
In this popular and deeply rooted festival in Vigo, the city is filled with processions both by sea and by land. It is a unique spectacle for its showiness and beauty.

The most important Carmen festivals are celebrated in Coruxo and O Berbés, in the historic district of Vigo. The Coruxo festival is perhaps the most spectacular, due to the natural environment in which the marine procession takes place, which departs from O Vao Beach and reaches Coruxo. O Berbés is the oldest festival in Vigo and thousands of faithful by boat participate in its maritime procession.

» Carmen Celebrations – Vigo

» Bouzas Celebrations – Vigo

The Bouzas festivities are, surely, the most famous festivals in all the neighborhoods of Vigo thanks to the great fireworks display that closes them. They are celebrated during the second fortnight of July and, for 5 days, the neighborhood is full of food stalls, open-air bars, attractions for children and festivals.

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, an unparalleled evening event where you can have diner while admiring the amazing fireworks.

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.
The event is held at the Náutico de Vigo and access to the venue is completely free.

In the last edition two tests of the world championship of skate and Dirt Jump (FMB Silver) were held, along with those of other modalities such as BMX, MTB Downtown, B-Boying or FMX. Free outdoor concerts and DJ sessions throughout the night completed the schedule.

» O Marisquiño – Vigo





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