MEDIEVAL IMPRESSIONS: VIGO AND THE ANCIENT VILLAGE OF BAIONA
In a nutshell
Good to know
Galicia and its delightful towns boast Medieval charm, the fruit of a thousand years of history and the scent of the ocean.
- Monte del Castro or Mount la Guia (panoramic)
- Panoramic Vigo
- Parador Monterreal
- After leaving the port by coach we head for the Monte del Castro or Mount La Guia. From here we can admire the panorama of the city of Vigo, the bay and the port.
- Back on our coach we proceed along the coast road in the direction of Baiona, one of the major and most characteristic fishing villages on the Galician coast. Its historic centre, with its quaint narrow streets and neat stone and granite houses, cobbled streets and the views from the ramparts with a sheer drop above the sea, exudes an atmosphere of orderly tradition and a sense of pleasant intimacy.
- It was right here, on 1st March 1493, that one of the caravels of the Columbus expedition, the 'Pinta', having crossed back over the Atlantic Ocean, docked on its return to Europe with the news of the discovery of the 'New World'. Today a replica of the Pinta is berthed in the very same port.
- After our stroll around the historic centre, we visit the Parador Monterreal, an imposing 16th century palace, built in the style of a Galician manor house within the walls of a Medieval fortress. Today it houses a splendid hotel, whose centrepiece is the magnificent stone staircase which leads from the entrance to the floor above. From the terrace you can admire the wonderful panorama of the city while enjoying a drink at the bar of this magnificent hotel.
- Once back in Vigo, a short panoramic coach tour gives us an overview of some areas of the city.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- The visit to the Parador Monterreal does not include the services of a guide.