Vigo Sights and Landmarks Guide, Spain
Vigo, the most arresting among the “Rias”, is located at the heart of Ria de Vigo. The city’s bay is speckled with vivid small fishing communities and beaches, where visitors can engage in various water sports. Inside the city, people can marvel upon the pleasant mix of the past and present through the urban areas and the various Vigo Sights.
Vigo Sights – Museums
Museums in the city of Vigo offer every visitor the opportunity to witness first-hand the beautiful artworks and ornaments of Spanish artists as well as those from different parts of the globe.
Museum of Contemporary Art. The home of this museum has an eclectic flair and was initially created by Jose Ortiz, an architect. It aims to stage the country’s contemporary cultural projects. The temporary exhibitions of the museum include artworks from various genres such as architecture, design, film, painting, sculpture, and video. The museum is open from 11am to 9pm from Tuesday to Sunday and 11am to 3pm on Sunday.
Quiñones de Leon House Museum. This museum was first opened to the public in 1937 and it has been the city’s most emblematic museum ever since. It displays numerous objects of art like china wares, furniture, miniatures, cloth and pottery created between the 18th and 20th century. The museum has a total of 29 permanent display rooms, plus a library. Its focal point is the compilation of Galician art from the 20th century.
Vigo Sights – Religious Buildings
The city, just like the whole of Spain, is known as a place where Catholicism thrives. Consequently, Vigo has several religious attractions that tourists can visit and delve.
Coruxo Romanic Church. Located at Valle del Fragoso, this church was built initially as a monastery in the 12th century. It is composed of three focal points and three semicircular alcoves. The chief nave is broader and taller than the other two. The original window gaps still exist today.
Salesas Reales Visitation Monastery. This building was built in 1942 based on the design of architect Antonio Palacios in Teis. Its style is regionalist with a few medieval influences and conventional Galician construction motifs. The monastery is made of uncut and unrefined granite giving the edifice a bristly appearance.
Vigo Sights – Nature
Tourists in Vigo will notice no scarcity of natural green areas. It is covered by the O Castro hill fields and gently immersed by the waves of the sea. Vigo rests in a natural heaven perfect for relaxation and recreation.
O Castro Park. The first settlers of Vigo stayed on the hill of O Castro. The ruins of the 45 stone Castro houses dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century BC are still present on the hill. A garden is situated at the top of O Castro Park and here people can observe the breathtaking sight of the bay. The botanical garden houses a vast assortment of plant species from different countries.
Vigo Zoo. The only zoo found in Galicia, Vigo Zoo has many amenities available for visitors. Birds from different continents are sheltered in the zoo along with insect species. The zoo also has a planetarium and astronomy exhibition that projects over 2,500 stars. There is also a café and gift shop near the entrance of Vigo Zoo. This place gives children both enjoyment and knowledge of the nature surrounding them.
Vigo Sights is a combination of leisure and history. Every visitor setting foot on the city's grounds, should not fail to extend the stay to see the other attractions in nearby areas like Valladolid and Bilbao.
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