12 days of Christmas – day 8

My beloved was keen to visit Vigo while we were following the Vuelta a Espana around Galicia. Aside from its beautiful Atlantic beaches, alleged to be among some of the best in Europe, the town has a magnificent Old Quarter which, while not extensive, covers an interesting area on the slopes above the marina with a number of beautiful plazas along with buildings and streets that have survived from the medieval period.

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Vigo’s history and heritage though is not only confined to the old quarter. The greater city has many stunning examples of civic architecture dotted  around its centre and there are a number of squares and parks and plenty of great bars and restaurants serving fish, including my favourite octopus, from the bountiful seas. Galicia seems to enjoy a warmer and less wet climate than the rest of northern Spain and fewer tourists.