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Disabled Cruisers Guide to Vigo, Spain

Vigo, Spain

The disabled cruiser visiting Vigo will encounter a town that contains steep hills and cobblestones. Old Vigo rises in tiers to the 17th century hilltop citadel of El Castro. Vigo’s steep hills can make walking around town a physical challenge. For the Disabled Cruiser that is mobility-restricted, it is wise to take a taxi or bus up to El Castro citadel, which offers great sea views. For those assisting the disabled cruiser it is wise to wear sensible shoes with a good grip and take a walking pole/stick if necessary.

The Disabled Cruiser can walk off the ship, no shuttle is needed to get into town. Since Vigo is a hilly town you need to be creative to see the town. By the cruise ships there are lots of taxis. Go to the taxi rank at the main road. On your right after the shopping center, ask a taxi driver to phone you a disabled access taxi. The disabled access taxi doesn’t run on Sundays. Have the taxi driver bring you to the top of the hill to El Corte Ingles department store, then walk back downhill to the ship through the main shopping streets. The Old Town is very hilly with steps, which makes it impossible to maneuver in a wheelchair or scooter. However, you can go into the shopping center at the ship, take the elevator to third floor and exit by the side of Burger King. There is a fairly gentle ramp up to the cathedral, bars and shops of the Old Town.

Vigo, Spain

Vigo is a busy fishing port in the province of Galicia, on the north west coast of Spain.

There is a shopping mall right next to the Cruise Terminal, the old center of Vigo has many small shops and cafes to explore.

Popular tourist attractions include the Castro Fortress, Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and Cies Isles. There are also numerous museums to visit.

Samil Sands, a few miles south of Vigo is considered the best beach within reach of the city.

Where You’re Docked

The Cruise Terminal is located at the Muelle de Transatlanticos, crossing the palm tree-lined Avenida del Castillo waterfront promenade will get you to the center of the city.

There is a taxi rank just outside the port gates and also a ferry terminal about 100m away from the dock.

The train station in Vigo is about a 10 minute taxi ride away from the port. There is a Tourist Information office at the Cruise Terminal.

Good to Know

Traffic is heavy as you cross the Avenida del Castillo (waterfront promenade) from the port. Beware of rain showers, this is why this part of Spain is so green. Take a small umbrella along just in case.

Getting Around

On foot: Given that Vigo is so hilly, take a taxi or bus up to El Castro citadel, for a great view of the sea and a pleasant park area that includes the ruins of a pre-Roman settlement. After exploring the park’s palm-lined sandy paths, you can enjoy a gentle downhill stroll back to your ship through the old city. 

In old Vigo’s historic district there are four original squares; Plaza de Pedra, Plaza Almeida, Plaza Princesa or Plaza Constitucion. While the Disabled Cruiser will enjoy that the Pazas are lined with elegant buildings, beware these squares lead to a maze of back alleys and steep stairways. Princesa and Constitucion have many cafes with outside terraces, where you can take lunch or coffee al fresco and watch the city’s life unfold.

By Bus: If time is at a premium, a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus tour of Vigo will show you the main sites, and you can explore on foot whenever you fancy (just leave time to get back to your ship). Buses leave from the tourist information center at the port and run roughly every two hours from 10 a.m. 

By Taxi: Taxis gather just outside the port gates, and all are metered (look for the green light, which signals they’re free to pick up a fare). The Disabled Cruiser can ask any taxi driver to phone for the disabled access taxi.

Points of Interest

  • Santiago de CompostelaCapital of Galicia, Spain, this city is dedicated to honoring St. James the Apostle or Santiago as they called him. Pilgrims traveled long distances from all over Europe to come here.
  • St. James CathedralThis is the destination of the 9th century medieval pilgrimage, known as the “Way of St. James.” The cathedral was built in his honor on the spot where it is said his remains were found.
  • BayonaThe news of Columbus’ Discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on arrival of “La Pinta”. Climb up to the Castillo de Monte Real, a castle converted into a Parador, a luxury hotel. Fabulous views. Explore the replica of Columbus’s second biggest ship anchored in the port.
  • PontevedraAn ancient town and medieval port, this quintessential Galician town features an old town, a market and a promenade along the waterway. Its modern district boasts a stunning bridge over the river.
  • Wine-tastingWhite wines from the heart of Galicia’s Albariño wine country have risen to international acclaim among wine aficionados. Sample the Albariño grape variety of several noted estates.
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo – is a cathedral in old town (Casco Vello) it isn’t easy to find as it isn’t set apart with streets and around a square. There are many cafes surrounding the cathedral and some shops. The Disabled Cruiser will find the stunning interior somewhat of a surprise compared to the grey exterior. The beautiful decorations and architecture are well worth a look if you are in the old town of Vigo. The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Castro Fortress – a must see for visitors to Vigo. It is a place you can visit to go jogging or just to stroll and take the sights in. You can get one of the best sunset pictures from the vantage point inside the fortress, besides getting an idea of the maritime industry from the top of the hill. For the Disabled Cruiser the walk up will be a challenge with the steep hills and stairs that are encountered. It is wise to take a taxi or bus up to the Castro Fortress.

  • Cíes IslandsVisit Monteagudo Island in Cíes Islands Nature Preserve, part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park. Enjoy free time to swim and sunbathe at the white sandy beach of Rodas, or follow your guide on an optional walk to the Alto do Príncipe vantage point.

Vigo Accessible Excursions

Vigo is a pretty, small fishing village in Galicia. Which is at the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, to the north of Portugal, with which it has strong historical and linguistic ties. There are hardly any flat areas of land in its uneven landscape, but its hills and mountains offer many pleasant spots and natural parks.

Vigo Highlights Shore Excursion

This 4 hour accessible shore excursion begins at the dock in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with manual or lift ramp access and wheelchair tie-downs. In a panoramic tour you will travel along Vigo, a city that has been a major Spanish port for centuries and it is where great Spanish galleons returned from the New World loaded with treasure and riches.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the history and tradition of Vigo on a private guided tour
  • Discover the atmospheric old town including Praza da Pedra
  • Visit Plaza de España, Plaza de America, Castrelos park and the Quiñones de Leon
  • Municipal Museum as well as the historical Fortaleza do Castro
  • Spectacular panoramic views of the city

This tour does not require a high amount of walking/rolling, and it can also be completely tailor-made based on each person preferences. The itinerary also avoids steps and it follows a mostly flat path along the Tour.

City Tour Accessible Vigo

You will be picked up from the cruise port by your private guide and adapted transport for this 4 hour accessible tour. Your guide will help you in the car by means of a rear-ramp.

Tour Highlights

  • O Berbés Market
  • The Rúa da Pescadería
  • Fortaleza del Castro
  • Castrelos park
  • Old Town of Vigo
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo

You will encounter some cobblestones and the tour stays on the mostly flat part of the city. The tour is completely wheelchair accessible and the tour can be adjusted to your wishes.

Vigo Old Town and Ferry to Cangas

You will be picked up from the cruise port by your English speaking guide and continue strolling towards the center for your 4 hour accessible tour. Vigo is a fishing and trading port and the largest city in Galicia. During a two hour walk/roll, you will get to explore the Old Town of Vigo. The Old Town is best characterized as a small charismatic neighborhood in the center of a bustling industrial city. The city has wide flat and smooth rollable avenues and a small center.

Tour Highlights

  • The Old Town of Vigo
  • Plaza de Constitución
  • The banks of the Berbés
  • The Plaza de Pescadería
  • Catholic temple la Colegiata

You will encounter some cobblestones and the tour stays on the mostly flat part of the city. The tour is completely wheelchair accessible and the tour can be adjusted to your wishes.

City Tour Vigo and Baiona

You will be picked up from the cruise port by your private guide and adapted transport for this 6 hour accessible tour. Your guide will help you in the car by means of a rear-ramp. 

Tour Highlights

  • O Berbés market
  • Rúa da Pescadería
  • Fortaleza do Castro
  • Castrelos park
  • Baiona

You will encounter some cobblestones and the tour stays on the mostly flat part of the city. The tour is completely wheelchair accessible and the tour can be adjusted to your wishes.

For Vigo Accessible Excursions please click here.

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